Originally Posted by victoriasmith
Before you go raving about how the previous owner was a 'scammer' and a 'liar', you should probably consider the idea that they might not have known the horses actual age to begin with, ie, that the person they purchased the horse from gave THEM an an incorrect age and they've not known any better other than to assume they wre right.
Secondly, I agree with the other people who have said a horses age has nothing to do with wether or not they are broken/saddled/rideable or even handled! There are numberous farms out here that have completely unhandled 8 years olds, never mind rideable!
If your horse is sound at ground level, but spooks or 'misbehaves' when ridden, you should consider your technique. Do you just dive in there and climb on, or have you tried just leaning over their back and being lead around so that they get ued to the weight on their back? There are numerous 'methods', both tried and tested and completely insane sounding. Regardless, the key is confidence; if you're nervous, you're going to upset the horse.
If the horses is a 'rearer' and 'disobediant' only under saddle, I suggest calling out the vet or an equine chiropractioner to check him/her back for problems, such as a misaligned vertabrae or even just muscle knots, especially if she has been previously ridden without problems. Ensure that the saddle fits properly, and that the rider isn't too heavy (no assumptions here! Just suggestions!) Aside from physical problems or ill fiting tack, there is the possibliity of some psychological trauma that was caused whilst being ridden.
There is no need to put a horse down just because it's 'naughty' under saddle. There's always the chance that the rider and horse are simply not a 'working' partnership, and considering the fact she was apparently 'rideable and has been ridden in the past', and all other options above have been exhausted, this may simply be the case.
Fist. I know the people who sold them the horse personally and not the nicest people.
My tenique is not lets get on and go. Before I even attemped to get on her trust was built and weight was leveled.
I want the owners to get her cheacked over by a vet but they wont :roll: They don't understand the importance of a horses health(something about wasiting money
I defeintly do not want to put her down and neither do they but because of our food(no rain) prediciment in Victoria its getting expensive.but a rearing horse is extreamly dangerous
I lost my god father to a rearing horse. He had ridden horses all his life. One horse reared he hit his head and no more godfather.Now you can see why im worried.
And finally.I have been around horses all my life and are an experienced rider. I have also asked around TEN people who are older that me been around horses and are the best horse people you can get and they said to wipe the owners hands of the horse. I just don't another episode of my godfather.