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post #1 of 8 Old 09-17-2012, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Trainer sells horse=me sad

So on March 2012 my trainer rescues this super cute bay quarter horse gelding. She names him Bo.

So then she lets me work with him for a bit. Here i am sitting on him.

Then a year later...this girl decides to work with him. She schools him and stuff. Hes coming along nicely.

So then a few years later the girl leaves to ride at another barn. So the horse sits in the field not being used.

Ive been wanting to work with him,but every time i ask my trainer if i can...she say something like* Bo hasnt been used in a long time* so is that a no or a yes. I never got to work with him.

So he just sat in the field.

Look how cute he is....he would of made a good lesson pony. He is ride able.

So then today i find out that my trainer traded him for another horse because Bo (his name is rudy now)is scared of getting shots. So he hasnt gotten his shots in a long time b/c of that. So i dont get how she could trade a horse who has no updates on shots.

She should of just kept him and let me work with him for a lesson pony. sigh.

This has happen before too..... she gets a pony project and keeps it for a few years..lets me work with him/her and then they sit for a while and then she sells the horse. That makes me really sad.

I hate when this sort of thing happens.
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-18-2012, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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comments anyone???
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post #3 of 8 Old 09-19-2012, 12:03 AM
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Sounds like your trainer was concerned about your safety as he wasn't used in a while and it was ultimately her decision what she did with him as he was her horse.
Sorry that your feeling sad.

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I have to pipe in from an instructor point of view. We've done this twice in the last year, there were two horses we had to trade. Both were loved by a handful of people but were not horses we felt we'd like to keep longer. One would've tested the arenas lack of boundaries at the barn we moved to recently and another was THE CUTEST pony ever and was not as happy with beginners as the beginners (7-8 yr old girls) were with his looks. Both horses went, with little notice and no excuse good enough to make the students happy. There must be a good reason the trainer didn't want you working with him. If he was such a good lesson horse, why pasture him for years? There must be more that your trainer feels she doesn't want to share. Unfortunately trainers horses can come and go.

I know this isn't helpful but it's something about students I've ha to deal with and it kills me everytime.
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post #5 of 8 Old 09-19-2012, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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im an adult rider who loves that bay pony. I know alot about horsemanship ive been willing to try that out with the pony. But i never got the chance to.

Do you find it weird that she sold the pony because hes scared to get his shots.? could you even trade a horse who didnt get his shots b/c he was scared of them?
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I don't find it weird she sold the pony. People sell horses and ponies all the time, with or without shots, worming, hoof care, training, you name it. It was her pony to sell. If you wanted him, why didn't you buy him?
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post #7 of 8 Old 09-20-2012, 12:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Librahorsegal View Post

Do you find it weird that she sold the pony because hes scared to get his shots.? could you even trade a horse who didnt get his shots b/c he was scared of them?
Honestly, sounds like the reason that came out her mouth that didn't make him sound dangerous or possibly hurt your feelings because she didn't want you riding him. Not to be harsh, but she obviously didn't feel you were the right rider for him or she would've let you work with him correct? Why continue working with her horses if she always sells them and you're always upset? Not sure why a trainer would need a student to train their horses. I'm sure she sees you as working with them for free...when you could be paying for a lesson? Just a thought....she may have not seen you working with him as a favor or beneficial to her.

I'm with Red Gate, if you wanted the horse so bad and are that attached, lease him or buy him. If you can't afford that, then you don't have much say in my opinion. It's sad, yes, but sometimes that's life.
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You can sell a horse in pretty much any condition, for any reason. It sounds like you hadn't worked with him in a few years. Are you sure you didn't just get really attached to the IDEA of working with him and romanticized it a bit?

If he's just standing around being an extra mouth to feed, I'm surprised she kept him for years without use. There's any number of reasons why she could have sold him, including to get people to stop asking to work him. He is a cute little creature and I'm sure there were multiple people asking about him. He may have developed dangerous habits that she didn't want widely known so let him get a mental reset in the pasture before sending him off to his new life.

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