WOW........I totally abandoned this ride journal. I'm going to try starting over...........because I got my own horse!!! =)
Her name is Mackenzie, an arab/QH cross, with some possible appy in there as well. Not certain :) She's an amazing girl, very misunderstood, but has great ground manners and we're working on the in saddle stuff! She's 13 and she is where my energy is going from now on I believe.
I'll consider this our starting point: she is somewhat settled in at her new home, loves the other horses in her pasture and is in a full blazing heat....AWESOME! haha. She seems a little anxious, chewing at trees and her stall, but has only been "home" for a few days so far.
As far as riding, I've had a lot of trouble getting her to leave the stable...but once she's gone she doesn't fight to go back anymore. We've had quite the bucking bronco issues as well, mare problems, saddle problems, out of shape problems, attitude problems? still tweaking and trying to figure this out. It is worst while in the arena so maybe just arena sour or so out of shape that a circle hurts...I'm on the hunt for a solution. Right now I'm using her in a Kimberwicke, but would really like to do enough work with her that I can move to a gentler bit. I'm going to try a snaffle out anyway and just see what happens so that I can get a real picture of her mouth softness, etc.
On the grounds she's about as awesome as it could be...especially after only being mine for a few days. She'll "join up" with me in an arena, will run beside me, stop when I stop, circle when I circle, back up when I back up, turn on the forehand when I walk toward her shoulder...it's fun, and pretty cool. She stays with her ears pointed at me and waits to follow my next step.
I'm not entirely clear on her history. I do know the woman before me rode some endurance/competitive trail with her, but it's been a while since she's had a steady rider. I would like to train her for a 50 or 100 but need to work out the kinks before I start riding her alone.
Ah....so happy with my horsie, despite her mare issues. :)
A horse is the projection of peoples' views about themselves--strong, powerful, beautiful--and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existance.