King of the Wind: Riding Again + Assorted Tomfoolery
Today I tried an Appaloosa mare, and I'm torn between two reactions:
1: It is my new life mission to refine this horse,
2: Do I really want to embarass myself on the way there?
I've never been on a horse like her. Rides "best" with spurs and a dressage whip.
Owner says she's "lazy" and tests everyone, and is a different ride once she decides you're okay. Still, I'd like to reintroduce the concept of a light aid to this girl and reduce the gear needed to ride her to just a crop (or nothing at all).
I'm no trainer by any means but my main instructor was a stickler for every ride being in some way training a horse, for better or worse. And I'm no stranger to the work needed to refine her.
Has beautiful, smooth trot and canter and I have a feeling she'd be great to show. Still, I prefer a horse that's more "go" and I'm not entirely sure I want to commit to riding a horse that is probably always going to need a firm leg and a sharp eye.
I feel slightly proud that I have only gotten back into riding a few weeks ago and have received compliments for being "quiet", and "great", which strike me as odd because I FEEL a mess XD.
More general information:
I'm already leasing an OTTB gelding named Dee.
I'm a senior in college.