curious if anyone has had a horse like this? Does this sound like it could be okay for an Amateur dressage rider? I know they change so much over time too. To make a long story short: Horse was very quiet under saddle but I think is also a sensitive type. Does it seem realistic that that this horse can learn to be responsive under saddle or do you believe once a push ride always a push ride?
Currently looking at a young horse as a Dressage Prospect. Just barely started (60 ish days of training, including the prep groundwork.) He’s with a trainer that I know and trust. She does a good job starting her horses, although not a Dressage rider. But she tends to have Ammy friendly types come out of her program. A bit a natural horsemanship type start, but no drilling. She goes slowly.
Anyways this guy is adorable. Not overly fancy but adorable. Seems very level headed. The trainer says he can be a bit sensitive/unsure about himself. She very recently just did his first canter under saddle. Still in the very very basics of learning to be a riding horse.
When I rode him, he had had mostly 2 1/2 weeks off to be a horse/ trainer was out if town. Trainer rode him and he was very good, a little unsure about the canter but did get it both leads.
When I hopped on, he definitely was a little bit confused acting. He definitely is used to trainer only riding him. He was well mannered and very behind the leg! He seemed ultra sensitive to my seat and wasn’t sure “if I didn’t really me to halt?” I admit I ride very conservatively for the first ride especially on a young horse! And in general I’m quiet.
I’m getting a market preview on this horse, he’s not for sale yet. I’m able to go see him quite a bit in the next month before a decision (and of course I will vet him very very thoroughly if it comes to that.) My concern is because I’m soft and quiet, I don’t tend to enjoy lazy or really dull types. He rode around very pokey but the trainer said that tends to get better with more trainer. Now that she has the brakes installed, she’ll focus in forward. I think from her description and from what I’ve seen, he’s sensible but a little cautious and actually a sensitive soul. I think this could be a good thing for me (I do well with the sensitive types.) The arena was rattling from the wind a bit, there was tons if jumps and things in the arena (grooming area is on one end.) He was very aware and curious about that all. He definitely wanted to cock his head and check things out but was level headed about it.
And just for a disclaimer, I’m familiar with young and green horses, but I’m not a professional! I would plan on further professional training with this guy or any green horse. I’m going to talk to my own trainer tomorrow as well but COTH has so many great minds.