We searched for quite a few months for a horse. Dealt with some crooked dealers, some that couldn't part with their horses, etc. So we decided to do the whole rescue thing. (as we have with all our animals) We fell in love with a quater horse that ended up being incredibly psycho. Spent 2 hours just trying to catch him, reared up on anybody who tried to approach him, wouldn't put a halter on much less a lead rope. If you were lucky enough to get a rope around him... good luck trying to deal with him. Took him back.
Got an adorable appaloosa. 10 year old gelding... A little pigeoned toed but otherwise in perfect health... Flexions showed no lameness.... for go the x rays. . Everyone we spoke to including our farrier and vet said they couldn't believe we got an appy for our first horse. They talked about how stubborn they were and how their hooves were always in turmoil. Please help ease our worries. He's a sweet boy. He's been in the pasture for about 7 months so his riding skills are null and void. Not exactly my dream horse, but oh so sweet and smart. Any recommendations on how to get him to get motivated? Horse trainer? Round pen training? Etc? Any ideas or just a little bit of motivation would be great! This is our first horse. I really want it to be a successful adventure. He's come so far in the week we've had him. Hated baths, now likes them... hated halters, now tolerates them. Does well with being saddled and bitted, but after that he goes down and refuses to move. Is the bit not right? He doesn't quite respond to it. Sorry for the novel. Just many questions with people making me doubt my decision with going with an Appy! (But I love him so!) I'll attach pics as soon as I figure it out!