August 30, 2012
Two Fjord Mares
I headed up to Sedalia to see a gal who has six Fjords. Several are for sale, two were under five so I didn't want to consider them even though she said they were under saddle. The 6 year old has been ridden a few times and was told she was pretty calm. The 15 year old had previous training but has not been used regularly in a while.
What I learned is that this mare, Ingrid 6 years old, has never had formal training. Both mares are lacking in groundwork basics, even simple things like being lead. The owner said she basically just put the saddle and bridle on and got up when she first "put them under saddle". WOW! This was maybe her 7th ride on Ingrid? Something like that. Given that bit of information I was impressed with her behavior but given the asking price and the amount of work and training I would need to put into her I was NOT impressed.
Ingrid did not stand well tied at all and kept pulling back. The owner apparently tied her with the bridle reins to the post while she rode Sterjna for me to watch. The mare pulled back, broke the reins and part of the bridle and then ripped it off her head. Then she just meandered off to the bits of hay left by another horse previously in the corral. Ingrid was fine and the owner didn't seem phased. Lots of work needs to be done with manners and behavior in regards to Ingrid for sure. Yes horses do crazy things and they have their quirks but dangerous things like this need to be dealt with in my opinion!