Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
• Horses: 0
I imagine that the horse was started and ridden by an adult, before the time off
Personally, I would have ridden her first, before buying her, even if going back to ground work for awhile afterwards
Oops, sorry, I did intend to say congrats and welcome, first!
I would spend some time grooming her and just generally getting a feel of her ground manners. Do you know how much riding she had, in those years,versus time off?. In other words, was she going fairly well, or was she just started and then left?
If a horse is well broke, time off really is not a big issue. Since I rode all of the mares first, that we put in our breeding program, they were broke, before having foals.
When I decided to stop raising young horses, due to several factors, including getting older and needing double knee replacements, thus seemed it was time to stop starting colts, I just rode those mares again,after they had several years as broodmares and sold them as riding horses. Other than being a bit rusty, they were fine.
Could you have a friend get on her, and just evaluate her for you? Maybe she needs ground work, and maybe she would be better off just being ridden, after she settles in a bit
I see the saddle issue has also been addressed, and understand that it was not under your control. It does show how a breast collar, added to saddle set too far forward, locks that saddle into that position, so it can't find 'the pocket'
Good luck with your new horse!