Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Desert side of Pacific Northwest
• Horses: 0
Thank you for all the thoughts! Re bit: Thought I'd been reading up, but clearly not enough, as did not realize that was not a real snaffle. I have a real egg-butt snaffle, I think (D-shaped rings at sides, little roller in middle of bit), as got a lot of misc. tack from an old person going out of horse-training when I thought the little mule might be ridable, which is why I have the western saddle, also. Think it was a regular horse-size bit (the mule has quite a large face), so possibly it is too big for the pony.
Re pony's skills: She's Welsh/Qtr mare, 12yo, 12-2h, beautiful thing, has brothers and sisters winning at pony shows that I found when looking up her sire, but she was said to have probably always been a grandma's pony and probably not really ridden much, sold from breeder (who I talked to on phone) at 18 months, so really only had professional ground-training that we know of. I have not seen the pony trot or canter except on a video with 10-year old child on her and I have only done trot on her, as am riding her bareback, only about 5 times now, since trying to work up my leg strength and enough balance to stay on. Been about 45 years since I've ridden, except to get bucked off a few times by previous Shetland bought for nieces 15 years ago (nice at walk and trot, just bucked at lope, sold him to someone else with full disclosure for pasture companion). That was a cheap pony (also kicked the niece); this is an expensive one, hope I've done a better job at choosing. She seems willing to walk around with me on her and go the direction I point her in, jumped but did not run when deer suddenly appeared 30 years away. Am kind of hoping that this 4H Leader will help the pony learn what is needed in our group sessions, as she charges $40/hr for training and that's way more than I've ever earned, so seems steep to me and being semi-retired now, am feeling pretty stretched with lots of unexpected horse costs, one reason decided will go western, thanks to you all!
Re tapaderos: Thanks, bsms, will save my money and instead go right now to take girl to Wal-Mart to get pair of boots with at least 1" heel. Will have to measure the stirrups and see if need smaller ones for her feet, but probably not, as she's 11 years old. The saddle is 14", as wanted one that would fit me, plus maybe someday the grand-daughter (she's age 7, totally turned off to any riding now that I let the mule buck her off, which is why I'm taking neighbor girl.)
In fact, have to run now to pick up the girl and go get her boots, so will answer any other questions my new friends horse-y friends come up with later. Am so excited to have found this place with all of you willing to give so much good information. Obviously, I'm a fast typist, so sometimes tend to run on too much, but again, Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! --LP