I know it is difficult to assess situation without seeing the horse and knowing the personalities involved, but I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with trying to 'unsour' an unhappy horse?
The horse I have in mind has a lot of natural talent but has been ridden by an individual who moved way too quickly and forgot about a lot of the basics. From what I have seen, it seemed that any problem was solved by more equipment and pressure. Horse isn't using herself properly? Short tie down! Horse is having issues stopping? Double twisted wire snaffle! Having issues around barrels? Drill it into his brain as much as possible!
Now he is having issues. I didn't see him myself, but from what I hear, it is pretty bad. He is difficult to get to the gate and apparently spends the majority of the run fighting the rider rather than actually competing.
I was thinking about buying the horse before he showed the any sour behaviour. When I tried him, I got the impression that he needed a lot of work, although his owner and others who knew him said he was finished. So, from my impression, he was just pushed too hard too fast.
Is it possible to bring back a horse that has been soured? To change their attitude from fighting with their rider to working with them? I like the horse and would be willing to work him through it, but I don't have a ton of experience with sour horses. I am curious if others have had success and whether you would do it again if given the chance or would pursue other horses.