New to the forums, not new to horses, but about to be new to horse ownership (hopefully!)
I took a lot of lessons growing up, but kinda stopped through high school and college. I'm outta college for a couple years and started volunteering with a local horse rescue last year to try to get more hands on experience! I've ridden a handful of times since joining, and I'm starting up lessons again next week
Well I fell in love with one of the rescue horses that came to us a month ago and I officially put an application to adopt her the other day! She is a beautiful 15.3hh, 10(ish) year old Arabian. We are still assessing her to make sure she (a greener horse) is a good fit for me (an out of practice advanced-beginner rider) but it has been looking good so far!
The adoption process is going good so far! Her name is Holly (not sure if I like it too much...) I rode her on Sunday and it went fairly well. She is a bit stubborn, and she knows I'm not the most confident rider yet. But that is something I am working on and she listened better towards the end of the ride when I was trying to be more firm and confident. I think she is a great match for me! I never felt unsafe on her.
The lady who runs the rescue said she thought the ride went well and agrees that I need more confidence, but she was never concerned during the ride.
Holly does have a weird walk, but the vet and the farrier aren't too concerned about it. She crosses her front legs like on a tight rope. She has a narrower chest which they think contribute to it. We tried a short exercise of walking her in a straight line with a pole on the ground between her legs. I plan on continuing that if I am chosen to adopt her.