This post is probably going to wind up being a little long, but I'd appreciate any and all input on the situation as well as the direct questions I have.
I'm about to start taking lessons with a local person that runs a horse therapy center. I got into contact with her asking if she had any horses suitable for me to adopt. She matched me up with one of her horses and I took her for a little test ride last weekend. I'm not quite ready to pull the trigger on her for a few reasons. Primarily, the woman saying "This horse has no buck, no rear, no bite" and within the first ten minutes of riding her she reared twice. She was a kind horse though and does meet my criteria fairly well. The other big hesitation I have is that this horse seems to have A LOT of training. And I do not. Which I am sure contributed to the rearing.
So I have made arrangements to take a few lessons on the horse and see if we click and if I can learn how to ride her before deciding if I want to adopt her. This horse is approximately 18 years old and has a background in western pleasure and a little dressage. She does not know how to neck rein (it seems like that would be a big thing in western pleasure but what do I know) and I have only ever ridden neck reining horses. For a halt, I was told to lean forward and as a cue to move forward I am to lean back and "sit on my pockets". This is the exact opposite of all the other horses I have ridden so I struggled!
Can anyone give me a rough outline of what types of cues are used in western pleasure? I'd like to do a little homework before my lesson in hopes that I won't be so confused. I want to like this horse but I'm concerned she might just be a little too fancy for me. :cowboy: