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        09-28-2010, 10:30 PM
    Would consider trade for a sound safe beginner's/lesson horse max 14 years old and min 14.3hh.

    This was in the ad for her. Makes me think she has issues, possibly more than she had when you sold her. If she has been passed around so much, there is a reason. I personally think your parents had the right idea when you owned her, if she is rearing, it can only get worse and usually does.
    Keep the horse you have and enjoy her. I think this horse, older now and wiser to ways to misbehave for riders is an accident waiting to happen if it hasn't happened already.
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        09-28-2010, 10:30 PM
    How did you end up with an unsound horse now? Do you know why she is sore all the time? What does vet and farrier say?
    Was your horse unsound when you bought her? Unsound horses do not always end up in the best places and selling your new mare for your old mare could be costly to your new mare.
        09-29-2010, 12:44 AM
    I just lost my huge long reply :(
    In short, I told my parents about her. They are considering making them an offer. I know that she will have issues still, and be tough to work with.
    But, I will either send her to a natural horsemanship trainer, or work in natural horsemanship with her myself. She needs to form a bond with a person before they hop on her back, and end up on the ground.
    She is exactly what I would be if I were a horse. I would be scared of spooky things on the trail, if I was not trusting of my rider.
    I would be scared of loading into a trailer when people I don't trust are yanking on me and hitting me to get in.
    I would try to get them off of my back when they just hop on and expect me to do what they ask.

    She needs someone with light hands, patience, dedication, time, more patience, and empathy.
    I am positive that if I wait until she is ready to be ridden, and just do groundwork until then, and work on trust, she will be an amazing little horse.
    If it takes a month, a year until I can ride, so be it.. we're in no rush.

    I have 7 years experience. I admit I am nowhere near an experienced rider. But, I do have patience and can relate to horses. I think that is all she needs.
    The most experienced rider in the world would not make her happy nor cooperative. She just needs one person to love her, trust her, and look after her. I so badly hope we can get her. She has an amazing personality, and that's all we need to start out.
    If I get her. I am going to start from scratch, and just forget about the past.
        09-29-2010, 12:47 AM
    How did you end up with an unsound horse now? Do you know why she is sore all the time? What does vet and farrier say?
    Was your horse unsound when you bought her? Unsound horses do not always end up in the best places and selling your new mare for your old mare could be costly to your new mare.
    She has wear and tear from all the reining her old owners did with her. She has a build up in her joints that get stressed when worked hard or on rough ground.
    She was sound when I got her, up until a month of riding.
    The vet said that her soreness just kicked in because she hadn't been ridden in a year, and the wear and tear took it's course.

    I never thought about that. She isn't completely unsound though. She can be ridden at a walk/jog/lope, just not many circles, and not any faster than a walk on hard ground. She would be excellent for a young child or beginner adult, who is hoping to just do light work and to love.
    But, they might also end up selling her when they grow up, or advance in their skills, and she could end up in a bad place :(
        09-29-2010, 01:00 AM
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    How do you "know what she needs" if you haven't even seen her in years? It's your decision, but I think you're going to make a bad one if you buy this horse.
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        09-29-2010, 01:05 AM
    ^^ because I know her personality. She is that type of horse that is friendly, but is easily frightened and spooked, that type of horse that wont let you ride them until they know you, and that you won't put them in harms way.
    I don't think it would be a bad decision at all. All horses can be trained. I am looking for a tougher horse to have a bit of a challenge with.
    I just don't want to see her going to a million homes because they all can't figure out how to form trust with their horses before getting on their back.
        09-29-2010, 08:36 AM
    Originally Posted by horseluver50    
    ^^ because I know her personality.
    Her personality may very well not be the same.
    Originally Posted by horseluver50    
    I have 7 years experience. I admit I am nowhere near an experienced rider.
    But in your first post you said that she was sold because you were beginners with no experience.
    Originally Posted by horseluver50    
    We bought "hope" when she was 3 years old. We were just beginners and couldn't handle her very well. But she was extremely loving, one of the sweetest horses ever.
    It has been 4 years since you bought this horse and several since she has been sold. At least long enough to breed, have a foal and have the foal weaned. She will not be the same horse you sold. She could be better or she could be worse but from the fact she has been passed around so much at such a young age is a tell tale sign imo.

    Good luck in your decision. I hope it is not one you regret.

        09-29-2010, 08:53 AM
    Excuse me for being blunt but - You bought a horse, found it did not work for you and you sold it.

    You now have a different horse that you are thinking of selling for two reasons: 1. Because it is not sound enough for you and 2. Because you want to buy this other horse.

    So far your track record is not good when it comes to keeping horses. But you have your self looking down on the other people that have sold this horse that you sold because it did not work for you.

    Do you not see that you are being a little hypocritical?

    It is OK for you to sell a horse that is not working out for you, but it is not OK for others to sell a horse that you once owned, because it is not working out for them.

    I agree with the others. You do not have a clue what this mare is like now. Why not gather some real facts and form your decision using those.
        09-29-2010, 08:53 AM
    Green Broke
    If a person has this much of a passion and desire to help out a horse they once knew, I think they will be fine. Just be careful and it has been years so she may not be the same horse. I think I would feel the same way if a horse I once knew was bounced around from home to home. As long as you understand and it sounds like you do,,, that it may take a very long time before you are able to ride her and get her trust. Good luck and stay safe.
        09-29-2010, 08:59 AM
    Green Broke
    Alwaysbehind: Very good point and an eye opener to anyone. In the end it is her decision what she does and I have a feeling if her parents are considering, she will end up with this horse. As long as she is willing to stick with the consequences and long term outcome. I feel she has a deep desire to help out this animal and more power to her if she feels she can handle it. I just hope she stays safe and things work out in the end, that the horse can find a forever home and security.

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