She has 3 clinics this year, and a camp. The camp might be better for your daughter since it's all kids. My daughter will be there, and there will be 4-5 middle/high school age girls. She does some arena work, ground work, and the trail course. www.justapleasurefarm.com (or the farm is on facebook too).
One thing I keep forgetting to ask you is about the farm where you keep your horse. When you told me about it (my friend needed some training done and you recommended it) I went to their website and they had something on there about a trail course clinic. Do you know anything about it and if they are doing it again this year? It looked really fun! I know my daughter would love to do it and it would be good to get her out doing something other than shows.
This owner is amazing. She's been so friendly and accommodating to us. I'm taking the horse trailer with me tomorrow to school, then going to go straight from school to get her, and hopefully get back in time to pick up kid at the bus stop. She has a lesson tomorrow anyway, so she'll get to ride Twist. I'm not particularly concerned about the vet check, it's more of a formality. Then the real work begins...Kid only has 4 months to teach her showmanship!
Hahaha! When you said you were hoping to get her Thursday I thought you meant that YOU were finally getting to ride her! I'm feeling like a bit of a dork! What a great seller. At least you know she's coming from a good home and they will know she's going to a good home. That is important. Well, Friday is only 2 days away! The hunt is just about over and your daughter will have her horse! Please let me know or post when it is final because I want to congratulate you (not going to jinx anything by doing it too soon). Pictures are good too!
The owner has been hauling her to us for lessons for the last few weeks! Haven't had to pay board (or gas) but we've gotten a good chance to try her. I pick her up Thursday after work, and she'll have a vet check Friday.
Ro had no experience off the farm until last year. He did quite well because she put in 2-3 rides a week in lessons. It'll be the same this year, but she'll have 2 lessons and 3 rides of "homework". She might be ready for lope class by August, but we'll not push it. I pick her up Thursday!
Nothing wrong with walk-trot, especially with a new horse. I think it's a good starting point. My daughter was walk-trot until last fall and she had to move up because she had the max. blue danishes allowed. Personally, I think I'd prefer a horse with no show experience over a finished horse for my daughter - especially for the long run. They will learn so much together! Also, most of the kids I've seen that ride the push button/"been there done that" horses don't learn to RIDE very well. We've had a couple of 4-H kids that have won plenty of classes ride Lily and their lack of ability really shows. Lily is a horse that you really need to ride and then she goes beautifully, but if you can't really ride it shows with her.
No show experience :( No worries though. I think we're going for a walk-trot year this year. We'll see about Stanwood, I don't know. I wish it wasn't so close to Skagit. It's just too much to cram into too short of a period.
Sounds like she is off on a new adventure! I don't really know anything about this mare other than what you posted but it sounds like your daughter can do some fun things with her. Has she ever been shown? Either way it will be a good summer for your daughter to be showing her very own horse. Maybe we'll see you at the Stanwood/Camano fair! That would be fun!