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post #11 of 19 Old 05-20-2013, 06:28 AM
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Originally Posted by kk116 View Post
Finally bought our first horse. We are green riders, only riding about a year. Wanted a laid back horse we could continue to learn on. Which is not usually a spur trained 8 yr old you really don't know how to ride properly.....Me (mom), and my 13 and 14 year old daughters. Went to see this horse, took my trainer with me. The horse is AQHA (has points), and quite flashy. Eight years old. He is spur trained/western pleasure, which my trainer said would not be a problem. We rode him, and he was easy, responsive, and sweet. Ok, so we buy him.Did you get a PPE? (Thousands). He gets delivered and all is fine the first few days. He's very forward, a little bit shy, and wont listen AT ALL, but hey, he's new right? As time goes on he's getting worse, now the minute you try to mount him your coming off. Period. He is pushy on the ground, aggressive on the lunge line,Testing you, no doubt, and you failed, so he continues to get worse....... and yesterday my daughter wanted to try riding bareback and he bucked her off.When he bucks you off with a saddle, why on earth would an inexperienced rider try bareback? Horse is sound, no health issues. Which you know how? Did you have a vet exam when you bought him? Now IF you can stay on he bolts off with you. No matter what your going in the sand. NOT for us. We are not trainers, and not confident riders. Had trainer ride him, wouldn't respond to her either. The trainer called the seller, and said we would like to retun him, too much horse for our abilities.Trainer should know better. Horses are not returnable. Offered to eat a thousand bucks, and trailer him back. Owner refuses. This horse is going to hurt one of us. I worry he may have been drugged when we test rode him. The seller had wanted a 45 min. heads up prior to our arrival. I'm so dumb.No, you trusted your trainer, who should have known better. This was a HUGE red flag and if she knew this she should have put a stop to this right there. I assumed they wanted to make him look his best. Now I'm stuck. Out a ton of money. I am sure a more confident rider or a trainer would be able to manage him just fine.But your "trainer" can't? Hmm. We cannot. Do I have any recourse? What are my options. Now I am paying a huge board bill on an unrideable horse. Appreciate any advice. ( sorry about the length)
I think we have all bought horses we regretted. I lost $5K on one who later, with a different owner, sold for $15K. Just not the horse for me, and it was a lesson learned. Honestly, as others have said-I would find a new trainer to take with you. For some reason this one missed huge red flags. As my DH would say, stop the bleeding ($$ going out the window in board, etc, plus the loss of confidence that takes a LONG time to get back), sell the horse on (or give it to someone with the ability to handle it) and continue lessons until you find a nice quiet BTDT horse for the three of you. Perhaps lease one. You have only been riding a year. You are better off getting experience on different horses, IMO.

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post #12 of 19 Old 05-20-2013, 11:45 AM
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post #13 of 19 Old 05-20-2013, 01:06 PM
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P... I feel for you. I think your decision to move the horse on is a sound one and a lot safer. It sounds like he is too much for your trainer also.

What is the goal for your family? I know you all want to learn how to ride but is there something specific you want to accomplish? A certain disipline? Do you want to eventually show, pleasure and trail ride? It sounds like maybe you had showing in mind considering you bought a horse that had been shown and you evidentally paid a price above that of the average pleasure mount.

Having three people learn on the same horse is going to take a patient and forgiving critter. People all ride differently and the horse will need adjust to each of you. Sometimes the best "teachers" aren't real fancy and wouldn't win a beauty contest but they are worth their weight in gold.

Good luck to you and your family. I hope your next experience is a better one.
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post #14 of 19 Old 05-20-2013, 01:08 PM
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Yes, a year is really not a lot of riding time under your belt, especially if it's done in once-per-week structured lessons. It's not unusual for a seasoned recreational rider to spend 9+ hours per week in the saddle.

Perhaps find a new barn/trainer and refresh your networking. There are so many different approaches to the same thing, learning only from one source is a really unbalanced plan. The proper supportive place for beginners will have lines on appropriate horses either or sale or lease.
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IMO since you've only been riding for a year you shouldn't be searching for a horse to buy yet until you can look for some desirable traits in a horse you might want to purchase. I have been riding since I was 6 and I STILL haven't got one because I don't feel that I know enough yet. But I'm sorry about your situation, you should consider selling him to a more experienced person or sending him to a trainer, but even if you do send him to a trainer it wouldn't be a total fix, you have to be consistent in reinforcing his training and this horse sounds like he takes advantage of people who aren't experienced. Best of luck to you!

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post #16 of 19 Old 05-20-2013, 02:19 PM
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I would love it if you were able to take the horse back to the seller and say........... ok, ride! See how she handles the horse when you are sure there are no drugs in its system. Would be a quick way to find out if you don't click or the horse is the problem.

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post #17 of 19 Old 05-20-2013, 04:50 PM
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I suspect this horse is show sour and the sight of an arena brings out the worst. Find another trainer who will remind this horse as to who is calling the shots. A few rides and then riding lessons for you and your daughters may make a world of difference. To keep my horses fresh minded I school perhaps 20 min then head out for a trail ride and allow the horse to relax.
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post #18 of 19 Old 05-21-2013, 02:29 PM
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I only really have a couple things to add to the good advice given already.

asking for a 45 minute advance notice is not unreasonable, nor a 'red flag'. I need at least 45 minutes, if I'm in town or out on the trails Its easy to be 45 minutes away, in fact I prefer longer. I have never(and would NEVER, under any circumstances) drugged a horse. I have taken losses on horses, and turned away buyers determined to buy a horse that I knew was wrong for them. I am an honest seller, that is my main priority. I have sold horses that didn't work out for their new owners. I have both taken back horses and refused to take back horses. I had one gelding that I rode for 6 months. he neck reined, did trails, w/t/c/gallop. bare back, doubled, I tried everything to get this horse to misbehave. He was PERFECT. not an offer to buck, bolt or rear in 6 months, beginners on him for a few rides, no problem.

I sold him to a nice older couple. they had several years of experience and wanted a nice trail horse. they rode him in the arena and down the road. No problem. 6 months later they phoned, irate. I had sold them a bad horse they claimed, that was now bucking them off. As far as I was concerned, they had spent 6 months spoiling a fantastic horse and creating a vice.

I goes both ways unfortunately. I hope your next experience is better, and I'm sorry you ended up in this situation.
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post #19 of 19 Old 05-21-2013, 02:45 PM
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You have 2 options, IMHO.
(1) Take him to an auction and re-coop some losses. You don't even have to ride him--just tack him up and tell everyone he's been shown, too much horse for you, and needs an experienced rider. You would be AMAZED at the interest, but I've had horses since 1985 and taken hits on the wrong horses, that I shouldn't have bought. You are NOT alone.
(2) Buy Clinton Anderson's basic package. I think it goes for $300.00
learn how to retrain your horse from the beginning bc he's VERY green...maybe green than YOU are
Next time it can be a trip to the ER.
As Dennis Reis says in his disclaimer...
"Horses are bigger, stronger and faster than you..."
You cannot overpower them. You have to out-think them.The most important thing to know about training horses is that the horse does NOT understand "equal." He understands that one leads and the other follows. Since he is big and heavy and strong, if you don't lead, he will fill the vacuum.The saying,
"Lead, Follow, or Get out of the way", was written by a horse.
Meantime, train this horse to lead and tie perfectly.
Train him to be tacked up without any tail swishing or ears back, or kicking or biting. The more green and spoiled, the more likely you will experience these, too.
Keep a short whip close by and if this horse threatens you, pull it out. He will move away from it, usually just by flashing a whip. My lesson horses would move forward when my students flipped a crop out bc they have peripheral vision and understood impulsion...and they knew what a whip was, too.
I also agree that your trainer let you down. There are few certified teachers, even fewer certified trainers, so it's a crap shoot. I don't know if I'd want to dump more money on this horse. You're too green to keep up the training, so it's turning into a money drain.
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