Considering new horse, bad first ride, thoughts?
Has anyone ever looked at a horse that they were interested in buying and EVERYTHING about the horse was absoultely perfect...until you got on the first time?
I am looking at a horse who is EVERYTHING I want minus the fact that she has some emotional scars and is extremely testy of new people on her back. So, her testy and untrustfulness is the drawback. She is an astounding mover with a dressage background amongst many other talents that I am looking for. The person who is selling her (a person who I know & trust) rode her for me first today and showed me how she can move like a dream with nearly invisible cues. Oh, and she's in my price range also, considering that I am going through issues with my current horse. Ugh
She isn't being advertised for sale, but he's more of looking for the right person for her & told me he would like for me to give her a try--so this is not just some guy trying to pawn off a horse. I got on, and she was very testy PLUS I am used to my WP horse's cues which is basically all leg and spur. She relies on extremely minimal leg, extremely minimal rein, and very very much relies on seat engagement, which is something I really need to work on. Consequently, our first ride together (considering it was our first real hot day out here and the bugs were awful as well) did not go very smooth. I confused her, upset her, and think maybe pushed her too far for a first ride -since she is sensitive to new people- unintentionally. Trust me..it wasn't a pretty sight. I don't know, maybe she just straight up doesn't like me?? However, I walked away still really really wanting to try and make it work with her.
So of course, I'm going to go out and spend time with her & take lessons with her to see if she and I can make progress as a potential team. I'm nervouse since she's so different than what I'm used to--but is what I'm looking for, and I know she's very selective of her riders.
Has anyone ever been in a situation like this and had it work out??? Should a bad first ride be an instant NO??? Please share your thoughts and stories!!!