Here's Bob, my possible new horse, with my friend and trainer (Frainer) Rachel during one of our recent "test drives". I've asked Rachel to assist me in assessing Bob to make sure he's the right horse for me.
Rachel has worked with me for over two years and knows my riding strengths and weaknesses which are pretty weak right now as I hadn't been riding much since I'd brought Poco home in March of the wettest spring in history.
Bob is a Registered AQHA 15-year old Sorrell Gelding. He's 15.1 hands with a history of working at a feed lot in his earlier years. For the past eight years Bob has attended sorting events and been on many trail/overnight camping trips.
Our test drives always start with ground work. Our first drive found Bob was "goosy" and "touchy". Rachel spent most of her time on the ground desensitizing Bob and then briefly rode him. I didn't ride the first day but observed her techniques and results.
Bob hadn't been as calm as I'd like. We took into consideration that he was at a new place and isolated from any other horses for the first time in eight years. I also wondered about his diet. Bob had been getting a flake of Alfalfa and Orchard Grass at feeding time. I decided to eliminate the Alfalfa and put him on straight Orchard Grass.
We're happy to find that Bob is now much calmer. Here's Rachel doing some ground work to check on how sensitive he is.
Bob has a soft mouth and neck reins on a dime.