Bit Acceptance 101
You’re doing it wrong!
That extreme head carriage and gaping mouth are signs that this mare is trying desperately to avoid her rider’s hands. By traveling this way, dear “Freedom” also denies her rider access to her hindquarters and hocks – and thus never properly engages from behind. See how those hindlegs aren’t even close to tracking up? And while we know the ideal is different in the Western world (sitting in that kind of a chair seat would get you laughed out of the ring in an English barn!), they’re advertising her as a DRESSAGE PROSPECT.
WTF? For starters, she’s nine. And she’s been ridden “mostly trails with busy streets”. Did they see some (unfortunately common) pictures of a dressage horse moving behind the vertical and go hey, my horse does that; she must have a lot of potential for dressage? We’re starting to get a little frustrated with sellers who think the main qualification for “prospect” status is the horse having no experience in the discipline!
And really, why even go there? The Arab/Belgium breeding is a little WTF unto itself, but in this case it produced a reasonably attractive mare. Her legs could stand to be a little more “sturdy”, but she’s fairly well-balanced as a whole. But it’s still a mix that will likely appeal more to someone wanting a good husband horse for trail rides than anyone looking for a serious dressage prospect.
So why not get out of her face, take a few pictures of her toodling around with her nose poking out, instead of being cranked into this extreme (and extremely unattractive!) frame, and just advertise her as a solid trail horse? You know, what she’s actually experienced at? We bet Freedom would be a hell of a lot happier!
“”Freedom” is a registered 1/2 Arab 1/2 Belgian 9-year old mare. She is fully broke and is an easy keeper. She is a willing mare and is super sound. Ridden mostly trails with busy streets! Loves to be ridden. Would make excellent DRESSAGE PROSPECT. Sturdy legs with well-shaped hoofs make for an absolute dreamy soft ride atop this lovely beauty! Must sell due to job loss and down-sizing. WILL SACRIFICE SOME ON PRICE TO RIGHT OWNER! “
|Foal Date||Jun 2003|
|Markings||Flaxen Mane and Tail|
|Disciplines||Western Pleasure (Trained)
Trail Horse (Trained)
Youth/4-H Horse (Prospect)
|Temperament||4 (1=Bombproof, 10=Hot)|
Just in case you were curious!