Update 7/9/09 - Gemini is now approx. 15 hands, about 1100 lbs. Due to life changes, she has been returned to TIER to find the perfect new home. She is very level headed. Just turned 8 years old. Halters, leads, trailers & ties very well, great with feet & farrier, easy keeper, Has always been quite in the past with muzzle, eyes and ears. She lives / has lived with- dogs, donkeys, other horses (loves the neighbors' goats!)
Rides on streets, through river bottom, been into Norco for sodas (see pic above), curious, quiet, easy going personality and very willing. She is not a pushy, dominant mare, fits in as the follower. With an inexperienced rider, she will follow behind the other horses, doesn't get nervous/spooky, or push to be in the front but she can get a little lazy. With an experienced rider she is more attentive to what she is doing & where she is going but still follows all commands willingly. She has been ridden in groups and alone. Goes on a squeeze of the legs, no need to kick, maintains pace until directed otherwise, good at all three gaits, although she loves to jog the best and has a nice easy trot.
Started in a hackamore, rides in a french link snaffle, and ridden western. Disengages hindquarters well, backs on the ground and under saddle, respectful of personal space when asked but loves to come up for scratches and treats. Lunges easily, changes direction well, has a willing attitude when in a training session. Needs a little polishing on stopping on a "sitting deeper in the saddle" que and neck reining. Training up to date has followed the Clinton Anderson Downunder Horsemanship philosophy & lessons.
Gem gets along well with others even when her rider is drinking & driving!
(That’s soda in that cup!)
She’s grown into a lovely mare!