I have recently purchased a beautiful 9 year old quarter horse cross mare, and this journal will highlight the journey of her retraining.
As a quick back story, she was ridden when she was younger, but her owners "lost their passion" for horses and left her to sit in a pasture for three years. (Along with their young gelding and mare. The mare had a stroke last winter and they didn't even come to see her, despite being told she would die!)
I fell in love with Angel when I first met her. She had gentle eyes and a sweet disposition and all she really seemed to want was someone to feed her treats and scratch her behind the ears. She was not bad mannered or pushy. I bought her about a month after getting to know her. (Visited every day for a solid month, taking her out of the pasture, brushing, testing her around things, etc.)
Now, the reason I call this "retraining", is partly due to the fact that she hasn't been ridden in so long, but also because apparently her previous training was lacking just about everything that I would have done with a horse. In her youth after a winter off from riding, a young man (inexperienced with horses) tossed a saddle on her back and hopped on with no preparation, no nothing. She promptly bucked his amateur butt off her back, and because he broke his arm when he fell, she was labelled as "dangerous".
I don't take this lightly, and I wouldn't have gone anywhere near this horse if I wasn't confident with my own abilities with horses. I also have an experienced horse trainer (our barn manager) by my side, and he's expressed that he's eager to help with anything that needs to be done. He was sick of watching her potential wasted and he's ready and willing to assist me whenever I may need it.
With that said, here's my beautiful girl, Angel! Updates to come.