So first of all.. Im going to introduce my pony girl. She is a 12 year old Arab X Paint. Her show name is GS Captivation (dont ask, no idea why!) and barn name Casey. Oh, and this was a long time ago.... I am just going back quite a bit in time.. She first lived in Oregon, but now lives here (way far away from oregon!). She was born there, and she was also a broodmare there. When she turned 8, the person I bought Casey from bought her. She saddle trained her (broken if that's what you want to call it, but I like saddle trained) on the trail!!!
Anyways, she had a "cowboy" dude come out and help her, and he cinched up the saddle really fast and hard the first time, so now she is not to fond of the girth. Jessica (lets just call Casey's old owner that, its not her real name, sorry if that's your name!) had bought her so she could have a project, and so in a few years her neices could come out and ride her. "Jessica" was a very expeirenced horse woman, keep in mind. The "cowboy" dude came out to ride Casey first, as "Jessica" had a few spine problems. But then "Jessica's" nieces moved... And "Jessica" had another horse, that was green broke that she neeeded to train (actually, that horse was one of Casey's daughters!) so she decided she didnt have enough time to ride Casey, and so she decided to sell her.. I saw the ad and went out and rode Casey 3 times, and we bought her
. And wow... Looking back, Casey has taught me so much! Casey was quite the testy pony when I got her, for example she would bolt and buck and all that crap. I got advice from a "trainer" that said to put a curb bit in her mouth (I know that's wrong now!) and it worked temporarily... Then I went to an 1 week instructor thing, and I learned a lot.
I know take lessons from a different instructor, not the curb bit one. Casey and I get along VERY well now... This was a long
time ago... When I got Casey, she had NEVER been in an arena, and really only knew the basics. But the new instructor (at least back then) helped me teach her a lot.
She now is very successful in Training Level dressage... But is still working on cantering in an arena- she is way better now but still a little choppy. So we only enter walk trot dressage tests in shows
Casey isnt very fond of jumping, like most Arabs!