[QUOTE=Larry82052;7759938]I am fixing to buy a 6 yr old mare and she hasn't been rode in a little while.The kids of the owner now rode her and she is very gentle.I thought about just putting her on a long rope and trotting her in circles,and working on her respect toward me and us getting one on one before even riding her.I have rode all my life but it has been a little while since riding.Grew up on the farm,raised horses and etc.I plan on spending lots of time getting to know her and check her out.The owner says she doesn't have any issues and is a very easy going Mare.She never has had a colt yet either!! Larry[\QUOTE]
Larry, she sounds like a nice mare. In the photo, her saddle looks too far forward and it tips back, so if you get her, be sure you study up on saddle fit and make sure the saddle is in the right place on her before you start riding her regularly. You'll both be more comfortable and balanced.
What I have found when bringing a new horse in, with MOST horses, they need some time to settle into a new routine, sounds, new friends, pasture, etc. I'd spend time with her . . . sitting with her while she grazed, grooming her, just hanging around her in an easy way. Leading her around the property, letting her graze here and there as you go along, walk her down to meet the neighbors, etc.
Having a knowledgeable person around when you take your first ride is a good idea . . . and going out to ride with a friend since you are restarting your life with horses. It takes awhile for us to get our muscle memory back when we haven't practiced using certain muscles for awhile . . . and balance, too, so take time and be safe.