Originally Posted by Lily of the Valley View Post
Dude, calm yourself. As I said, I meant no offense by it whatsoever. If people want to say my Da Vinci looks like he might have sucky personality and sucky looks - although they could be entirely wrong by their own admission - then that's their opinion, and I've got no reason to be offended by that. I have people tell me all the time they don't like him, and I'm fine with that. That's part of being a big girl. ;)
Also, it's quite obvious I wasn't criticising you about your position. I've had plenty of bad days, and god knows I'm not always perfect when I'm riding Da Vinci. I simply pointed out that a lack of focus on yourself does make a difference when training the horse. THAT'S ALL. That's not an attack or an accusation in the slightest, it's just my two cents.
... "No offense" but you are being quite rude. 'no offense to you in any way whatsoever, but he looks like a horse with a sucky personality to go with his sucky appearances.' This is what you said, would you care to explain it for me? I dont get how you could know
that Junior has a sucky personality if you are just looking at some pictures, that comfuses me very much. Also, what is so sucky about his appearance? If you ask me, he looks fab; his coat is healthy, he is pretty darn chubby, he is a nice mover, if you ask me, most 20 year old horses that were abused arent doing that good (though there are some).
So let me explain his "sucky" personality to you. He was in pony club showing 4'6, when the rider wanted a hotter horse, they would sell him. He went from person to person and was always just as loving and worked just as hard. When I got him, he was in a stall with 1'-1'6 of manure, he had a piece of metal in his eye from a metal hay rack that was still in his stall, he was 500 lbs. underweight, he hadnt been works in a very long time either. When the owner at the time got on him, he was bucking and rearing. Guess what happened when I got on... He didnt spook, buck, rear, crowhop, nothing. I was a baby beginner (and timid) and he was perfect for me, always had his ears on me, doing what I asked.
I got him home and he trusted me right away. I got his 4" dead coat off of him, as it was spring time. I took lessons on him, but I was just to timid still to jump him, as I had never jumped.
Aubre (NordicJuniper) came along when I was about to sell him, as I felt bad that I wasnt jumping him). She asked to just ride him until he was sold. Aubre hadnt ridden in 6 months, and that 6 months before she was with an abusive trainer, she was so timid, but luckily not as much as me. the second day she rode him she jumped him. She too had never jumped. Junior did everything perfectly. He was the first horse I jumped too, took very good care of me.
So tell me that you know a horse that is 20 years old, has had a harder life then a lot of horses, was abuse, and still takes care of it's rider flawlessly.
Please, keep your rude comments to yourself.