Why advertise a 4 yo BLM mare to beginners?
Der! Because every. single. experienced. rider. KNOWS she ain’t worth $2300!
“sweet 4 year old BLM registere mustang mare, Well my client that has her mustang mare in training with me would like to sell her, she would like to find that forever home for her. She is a true buckskin with black legs, she has a star strip and snip of whit on her face, her name is “MEADOW” she has a true mustang head a Roman nose looks like a ANDALUSAN head. Meadow is 15hh or so about 1300 lbs look like she may have some draft in her she is heavy boned and has awesome feet no need for shoes. She is current on vaccines, wormer and teeth, she ties, bathes even lets you wash her face, she trailers, saddles & stands for mounting, she has been in my care for 3 weeks for tune up, & evaluation of what she knows, she lunges, when riding her she walk, trots and is learning to canter, I have taken her on some trails and she is great very curious and not spooky, she is learning to go through water. After Evaluating her I feel she would be a great trail horse for an Advanced beginner/ intermediate person, only because of her age she is still learning left right with her bit but catches on fast I feel she would make a great trail horse as her footing is awesome she is wel balanced, she would make a great ranch horse. video and photos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tSf5cRz7t4&feature=colike Client is Asking $2300 MAKE OFFER”
Honestly, $230 would be a more appropriate price tag for this mare.
I do so love that a self proclaimed “trainer” is touting the fact that the mare “even lets you wash her face”. Lets? REALLY?! Good gawd. The trainer then goes on to say that she feels the mare would be suitable for an “advanced beginner/intermediate”… well she says person but I’m going to assume she meant rider because, honestly, what’s an advanced beginner person? Someone who can walk down the street without a helmet and full body bubble wrap armor? (Purposefully misunderstanding people can be fun! Come on, just picture the advanced beginner person!! teehee) A 4 YEAR OLD HORSE IS NEVER -sorry, that wasn’t enough emphasis – NEVER a beginner’s mount! NEVER! Not ever! I mean, come on! “she is still learning left right with her bit“. What. The. Fraggle rock.
Ok, now watch the video and then we’ll chat.
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Did anyone else notice the too small circles the rider (presumably the trainer?) kept the mare on? Both while lunging and riding? Hmm, could that have been to keep the mare from getting too quick, jumping around, or any other 4 year old type behavior that would not suit a beginner rider? If that is the trainer in the video – we need to have a chat about your methodology. When lunging a young horse, do not back away from it. It is for the horse to move out of your safety bubble, not the other way around. Do not rush the horse out away from you in that manner – what do you think will happen when the beginner who buys her, because they don’t know any better, goes to lunge her for the first time? The poor mare is going to go charging out on the lunge, as you have taught her, and the beginner isn’t going to know what to do! And did anyone else think the mare looked a bit off at times? Although I suppose we could chalk that up to the too tight circles she was being forced to run around on, placing undue stress on her young, developing joints…
Ok, we’ve moved past the lunging and are now putting the saddle on. This isn’t a commentary on the horse or her suitability (or lack thereof) as a beginner mount, but what the fuck is that person thinking tightening the cinch in that manner? (See approximately 3:30 of the video.) You have a nice young mare that’s standing almost perfectly still for you to saddle her and then you go and do something that will sooner or later make her sour? WAY TO GO GENIUS! (On a side note: LEAVE THE FANCY CAMERA-WORK TO THE PROs! Scorcese, you are not.) Honestly, who tightens a cinch like that?!
And then: the riding. There were times during the video when it looked like the mare was getting a little speed on her, then the rider would circle. Not a proper circle, mind you, more of an oval as the mare fell through her outside shoulder. I know, I know, it’s a sales video, not a training one… But I’d rather see how a young horse takes and responds to a correction than have something go unchecked! -I guess that, again, is why they’re marketing to beginners… ARGH!!!!! Who saw the Wolverine movie? You know when Hugh Jackman falls to his knees and screams at the heavens? THAT’S WHAT I FEEL LIKE DOING!!!!!
Honestly, what do y’all think? Is this a decent sales video? Or would you prefer to see some corrections? Was the lunging as bad as I thought it was? Or did someone piss in my cornflakes again?