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    03-07-2009, 05:41 PM
  #1
Foal
BAD Ride!

Sorry if this is long and thank you for reading... I need to vent and need some advise and help! I have now had my horse for 3 weeks and things are NOT going well. It has been really snowy and icy so I have not had much time to ride. She has all day turn out so she is not cooped up and is getting exercise, good care and is handled daily. Last time I got on her she was spinning and really jumpy and bucked once and tried to kick another horse on the trail. I was able to stay on ok and thought it was due to the fact that there were some horses in a field by the trail that were running around and making noise, etc.

So today I took her out for a ride. First I put her in the round pen for a little while and worked her until she came to me and followed me around. I did this to get smem of the extra energy out, etc. Then I took her back to the barn, tacked up and walked her out into the ring. I got on and she was doing well, nice calm walk and really listening to me. Then she started to get a little stuborn and started to spin, then she started to canter... I was ok, stayed on, told her WHOA and tried to sit and pull back to stop her. Then she started to BUCK! She did this a few times, my saddle slipped and I was now on her side trying to pull myself back up all with her running a muck around the ring! Then she saw the gate was open and bolted for the door... I decided to bail out and before I could... "WHACK" I cracked into the gate as she rushed out of the ring and took off down the road! Somebody was able to grab her as she went by the barn and she was ok but I smashed my ribs into the gate and hit my head on the fence. Thank god I had on a helmet or I would be in the hospital I am sure... at the speed we were going!

I am really upset!! I really like her but this is NOT what I wanted and I am a little affraid of her now. I think I am going to give her back and look for another horse but I wanted to get the advise from some other horse people. Everyone at the barn says give her back!

In terms of other horses, I called the barn I got her from and they said I can give her back with no problem and that they have a 20 year old, 14 hand, retired lesson OH mare for sale that I may like. I also found out about a 20 year, 15 hand Palomino gelding that is a "never ridden a horse" trail horse. So what do you think about getting one that age? If the vet says he is ok? I am just really upset and confused and need some help! Thanks for reading.
     
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    03-07-2009, 06:02 PM
  #2
Weanling
I would say that these people need to put more training in her. Maybe she's not use to the extent of the workout, so when she figures its enough that's the kind of thing that she pulls and possibly got away with. I would say give her back and maybe look for something more experience. For a 20 year old horse I would get them vet checked before I bought it, the check for any inguries or hot spots.
What kinda of riding are you wanting to do? A 20 year old that you're just going to trail ride on could last you till its not healthy anymore. I guess you gotta also think where will you be in 5 years, and what are you going to do with a retired horse after that.
Since you don't feel comfortable with her I wouldn't recommend forcing your self to keep her, especially if she is suddenly acting like this. Its great that u'll be able to take her back if you want.
     
    03-07-2009, 06:07 PM
  #3
Foal
I just want a CALM, SAFE horse to trail ride... walk, trot, a little canter. I love to ride to RELAX and enjoy the fresh air. So I just need safe, calm, non-spooky, Safe, bombproof... did I mention safe! I don't want to be stressed out, worry about being run away with or thrown, etc.
     
    03-07-2009, 07:15 PM
  #4
Trained
Her problems could probably be easily worked out with soemone with a bit more confidence that wanted to take the time to do it. I would say take her back and get yourself a bombproof old man. Look around for horses, I would say one of the 20 year olds would be fine, many of them are ridden up until the end. Or there are plenty of teenagers who could probably pack you around. :)

Sorry for the crappy ride!
     
    03-07-2009, 09:23 PM
  #5
Foal
Similar thing but different...
Today, with the great weather, I had Max out for an extended jaunt. More than an hour, the first longer ride this year. I had temporarily tried out a bitless bridle on him, with decent results...until.....At about the 1hr 20 min mark, and after keeping him on the slower side (he was very full of energy today), he and I were walking on the edge of very soft blackish mud.It was at this point, he decided he was going to gallop off with or without me...
Needless to say, without the benefit of the bit, 1 rein stop was useless.
He now ****ed and determined to head off full steam into a treeline. This posed a problem. I could either...
1.Hang on untill he ran it out, and risk getting bashed to little peices in the trees, OR
2. Bailing out, at a good clip, risking the unknown
I chose to bail..Luckily, I hit the same mud/muck with an unceremonious SPLUT! I twisted my back/neck but, I am Indeed writing this alive, but sore..
So, I have once more to figure out what went wrong, or HOW MANY things went wrong (IE; bitless bridle, cinch on western saddle he's not fully used to, etc) and tomorrow, like so many times before, I have to get back on and work it through...
I will at very least, go back to the regular bit/ bridle, and keep it inside the smaller paddock until I have any Idea what's what...

-Lw..Lifelong member of the "Gravity WINS again"! Club
     
    03-08-2009, 07:32 AM
  #6
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by EmmaChai    
I just want a CALM, SAFE horse to trail ride... walk, trot, a little canter. I love to ride to RELAX and enjoy the fresh air. So I just need safe, calm, non-spooky, Safe, bombproof... did I mention safe! I don't want to be stressed out, worry about being run away with or thrown, etc.
I always suggest that folks ride a potential buy in as many different situations as possible...in the ring, on the trail, in a group and alone, and as much as possible. Depending on the training, experience, and temperament of the horse, they all react and 'like' different activities. Some horses are very 'forgiving' with different rider styles, some are used to a certain way and will fuss otherwise. Some are great on the ground and terrible under saddle. Some accept different rides easily, some will test you first.
Although experience is much more important than age, if you looking for a bombproof horse, though, I would concentrate on a 10+ year old seasoned horse as they typically have much more riding experience, and often having a non-emotionally attached third party along (like a trainer) helps in matching the rider and the horse.
Keep looking and riding....you'll find a good match.
     
    03-08-2009, 09:21 AM
  #7
Showing
I like the advise you got so far.

Even with all the years of experience I've had, when I bought Bobo last summer, I tried ~5 different horse before settling on him. Your first horse needs to be a confidence builder not a project.

My thoughts are to bring him back and go for the palomino. There are two things, though, that concern me about your first post.

First is that your saddle never should have slipped - you need to take up the billet several times before it is secure and you are ready to get on. Some horses will need to be taken up again after you've ridden a little too. Secondly, pulling back on the reins is not the way to stop a horse. Learn to use a one rein stop and your other aids when asking your horse to stop. Those are just some things that will help you along the way.

Bottom line is that the older - been there , done that, horse is a good horse to enjoy and age doesn't matter. I've got a 20 year old Arabian that has more fire and spunk then most 5 year olds; and a horse that I sold many many years ago has just turned 31 and is still giving lessons to handicap childeren.
     
    03-08-2009, 09:21 AM
  #8
Trained
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Originally Posted by EmmaChai    
In terms of other horses, I called the barn I got her from and they said I can give her back with no problem and that they have a 20 year old, 14 hand, retired lesson OH mare for sale that I may like. I also found out about a 20 year, 15 hand Palomino gelding that is a "never ridden a horse" trail horse. So what do you think about getting one that age? If the vet says he is ok? I am just really upset and confused and need some help! Thanks for reading.
Take her back. Meet and greet the 20yearolds and take them for a couple of rides. Have them vet checked and if all is positive with one of them, go for that instead. What you ended up with is not for you. Being able to take her back is why you bought from that barn -- don't forget to take that into consideration when looking at the other two.

Good luck.
     
    03-08-2009, 09:37 AM
  #9
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by iridehorses    
Bottom line is that the older - been there , done that, horse is a good horse to enjoy and age doesn't matter. I've got a 20 year old Arabian that has more fire and spunk then most 5 year olds; and a horse that I sold many many years ago has just turned 31 and is still giving lessons to handicap childeren.
Yes...very true and important! Many people think an older/seasoned horse is just a 'ride kids around the ring' horse because they are so calm, and it's not true. Our 14 yr ex-penner lead mare is calm and bombproof, but she will do absolutely anything you ask, from a pokey walk to a gallop, flat terrain to jumping logs and ditches, and I've ridden other great trail horses that were 20-25 yrs that had all the energy of a 5 yr old, too.
     
    03-08-2009, 10:11 AM
  #10
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by iridehorses    
I like the advise you got so far.

Even with all the years of experience I've had, when I bought Bobo last summer, I tried ~5 different horse before settling on him. Your first horse needs to be a confidence builder not a project.

My thoughts are to bring him back and go for the palomino. There are two things, though, that concern me about your first post.

First is that your saddle never should have slipped - you need to take up the billet several times before it is secure and you are ready to get on. Some horses will need to be taken up again after you've ridden a little too. Secondly, pulling back on the reins is not the way to stop a horse. Learn to use a one rein stop and your other aids when asking your horse to stop. Those are just some things that will help you along the way.

Bottom line is that the older - been there , done that, horse is a good horse to enjoy and age doesn't matter. I've got a 20 year old Arabian that has more fire and spunk then most 5 year olds; and a horse that I sold many many years ago has just turned 31 and is still giving lessons to handicap childeren.
Almost EXACTLY what I was going to write!

Take her back, the confidence builder being the most important thing stated. I lost years and still trying to overcome what my "beginner" horse did to me. I kept her and believe me, at the age of 20+, she still is a pistol. Yes, she has seen it, been there and because of that she is not spooky, but she could run all day and never slow down. She is still not a beginner horse.

You are lucky that you can still bring her back.

Some of us enjoy the challenge of doing a bit of training, you know that you do not, so do yourself a favor and take her back.

Just so you know though, even a calm trail horse needs to be put to work a little bit on the trail so that they don't get into trouble. Always mix it up a bit so that they don't get bored or have time to think about spooking at shadows.
     

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