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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:
 

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That is odd. I'd never heard of leaning forward to signal a halt, and rolling back on your 'pockets' to signal a 'go'. h m m . .. . .



can't help you. sorry.


Is this the only horse available? you should feel really GOOD about the horse, before you take it on, and I'm not getting that feeling.
 

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That is odd. I'd never heard of leaning forward to signal a halt, and rolling back on your 'pockets' to signal a 'go'. h m m . .. . .



can't help you. sorry.


Is this the only horse available? you should feel really GOOD about the horse, before you take it on, and I'm not getting that feeling.

Ok, this makes me feel better. I'm glad I'm not the only one that thinks it's weird!



You're right, I don't have a great feeling about her which is why I've decide to take lessons with her first. My problem is that the horse I want simply doesn't exist in my budget, so no matter what I'm going to have to compromise on something. Realistically, I'd be really happy with a backyard trail horse but no one seems to sell those LOL.
 

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Sounds like your instructor was having you squeeze in the halt, for your situation, I have no idea why they would do that. A horse that does not neck rein or doesn't know the indirect rein, was never a Western pleasure nothing. Not that there's anything wrong with that, what is wrong is rearing with a new rider. I would say that's not the horse for you.
 
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