Bobby Didn’t Work Out, On To Chiquita
We left PA and headed for about an hour and a half drive, to meet our next prospect in New Jersey, a paint mare named Chiquita.
Chiquita was a cute paint mare. I believe she was about 12 years old, standing at 15.2 hands I would say. The pictures we saw online really did not do her justice. In person, she was much better looking than I expected. I liked her nice solid build, strong legs under her and what looked like great feet.
Her weight was ideal and her coat already slick and shiny for summer. It was obvious from the beginning that this horse was very loved by her owner. She was just selling her because she couldn’t ride anymore so didn’t want the horse to stand around and do nothing.
The owner was not able to get on and show us how the mare goes, due to her arthritis. She assured us the mare was safe, so my rider climbed on. It became very obvious very quickly that Chiquita was totally out of her element in the ring,
She did not know how to keep a steady pace or stay on the rail. The worst part if that she wouldn’t accept rein contact. Whenever my rider used the reins to try to steer her, she thrashed her head up and down. Then when she realized that she wasn’t going to be allowed to get away with it she shook it side to side.
Chiquita was advertised as being quiet and safe. When we contacted her owner, we told her that we were in search of a lesson horse. Obviously, she did not know exactly what is required of a lesson horse. If she did, she would have known that Chiquita was not formally trained well enough to do it.
Chiquita will be happy on a trail line. Following the horse in front of her. She had a good disposition and was super cute. I’m sure she will find a great home, but once again, it won’t be with us.