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post #1 of 7 Old 09-07-2013, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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What experience level would I be considered, free lease situation?

I talked to a woman who owns a barn near me about possibly working off lessons and she said she already has a girl who does most of the chores for her board. That was about a month ago and she texted me yesterday telling me about a mare that needs some miles. From what she's told me, the horse is broke and knows everything but just needs to be exposed a little now and get some consistent riding under her belt. She's 6 years old and sure had a girl who used to ride her but she bought her own horse now.

I'm suppose to go meet her and the mare to see how we fit at 2! I'm pretty excited. I think I can handle her fine considering most of the horses I've owned were half trained lol. But we'll see!

I'm wondering what level I'd be considered? I have a lot of knowledge, but not so much physical, hands-on experience. I've rode for maybe 8 years, but very inconsistently. I can walk, trot, lope, keep a horse on a balanced circle, I understand leg pressure, I feel confident on spooky horses but when it comes to buckers or rearers I'm not. I haven't had to deal with that much.

Sorry this is probably not the most organized post, I'm on my phone.
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-07-2013, 12:45 PM
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I would guess beginner intermediate.

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post #3 of 7 Old 09-07-2013, 01:21 PM
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I was going to say low intermediate, too.

it depends on how well you can affect a horse that is maybe not as well tuned to the "standard" aids. When yoiu can start adapting your riding to help a horse that is lacking training in certain areas, then you are starting into intermediate, out of beginner.
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Thanks guys, sorry about the post.. I was in a rush!

I met the mare yesterday, her name is Zena. I like her quite a bit. The foundation already put on her is pretty good, but of course she has a few quirks. She's cinchy, she's not 100% on board with being hosed off either. It has to be her idea to be caught, not yours. As far as riding, she trots like a giraffe running from a lion, although she will slow pretty easy but only for a second. She reins good, but her stop could use some work but that improved towards the end of our ride. She's only been loped a dozen times in the round pen. She wants her to be a lesson horse and I think she's got the makings of one but she'll need some work. I feel safe on her even though she's green. I don't think she's the type to explode and buck. She's never bucked is what I was told.

I'm probably going back next weekend to ride her again!
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Here are my plans for her once I start working with her regularly;

Work on lunging with her more, she likes to look out away from you and her stop isn't the best in there to say the least. I think she needs to be asked to change direction way more often to keep her attention.

Her walk is good, she reins good too. I want to work on slowing her trot by doing circles and figure eights. I want to work on her leg yielding, she has a decent idea of what I'm asking but she'll try to speed up. Once I check her she gets it.

I also want to do a lot of desensitizing. She needs to realize if I flop around, wave my arms, drop my stirrup, accidentally pop her mouth, or sneeze that she should be a rock. If she wants her to be a lesson horse she needs to be prepared for kids who flail everywhere! And if she doesn't make the cut and gets sold, it never hurts to have her despooked.

I also want to get her out of the arena/round pen more and let her see the sights.

She could use work on being hosed off, cinched without being ****y, and to lower her head easier. She's short enough for me to bridle, but for a kid she's out of reach when she plays giraffe.

And patience! She needs to learn what standing still when saddled means.

For the most part, she's just a greenie who needs a few manners and exposure. I feel like I'm on the right track, but suggestions are always welcome :)
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Sounds like fun!! It seems to me like you'd be great for one another. I think as long as the rider is confident (like you said), a greenish horse could be just fine :)

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Awesome, thank you :) I was nervous but not because of the horse, because I knew the owner was critiquing everything I did! But once I'm alone with her I know I'll feel better. I'm excited to work with a horse and have a goal in mind. :)
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