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        08-18-2011, 10:50 PM
      #51
    Green Broke
    Not being able to sell my pony. Lol, I'm really not scared of anything while riding. Maybe bolters. Bolters that buck, but I have one that does that.
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        08-18-2011, 10:54 PM
      #52
    Showing
    This may sound silly compared to some of the other fears listed here, but my biggest fear (at the moment) is getting rodeo bucked like I did a month ago. I came off a mare owned by another boarder (she had asked me to help her ride the mare for the first time and I decided to try to be nice). I was told the horse was broke and had tons of rides on her, just hadn't been ridden in a while. Come to find out, I was probably the first person EVER on her back and she did NOT take well to it at all. She bucked so hard that she actually flipped onto her side (from the buck...her back end was almost vertical according to my friend), rolled over the saddle and then once she was up, she didn't even pause to shake off the dust...she came straight for me with both front feet. Luckily my friend was in the round pen with us and jumped between me and the horse.
         
        08-19-2011, 12:08 AM
      #53
    Weanling
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    I was told the horse was broke and had tons of rides on her, just hadn't been ridden in a while. Come to find out, I was probably the first person EVER on her back and she did NOT take well to it at all.
    Wow! Who told you the horse was broke? Did they get the horse mixed up with another horse? I think I'd be ready to kill a person if they told me a horse was broke and after I'm bucked, I find out that she's hardly been ridden at all .
         
        08-19-2011, 12:20 AM
      #54
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by Heelsdown    
    Wow! Who told you the horse was broke? Did they get the horse mixed up with another horse? I think I'd be ready to kill a person if they told me a horse was broke and after I'm bucked, I find out that she's hardly been ridden at all .
    The rescue who sold the lady the horse told her that the horse was broke with tons of rides on her, but that she hadn't been ridden in a while. Last week, our BO (who also trains horses) saddled her up and took her in the round pen because the owner is now paying him to train the horse for her. He said that as soon as he got in the round pen, he could tell that she wasn't broke at all. In fact, he said that there was no way on God's green Earth anyone had EVER been in that saddle before me. He also said that the mare has the wildest eye he's ever seen "outside of a mustang straight off the range."

    Mind you, my friend and I took this mare in the round pen and tried to lunge her before I climbed up on her, but she wouldn't lunge. No big deal, I thought, since my old gelding (who was six when I started working with him) didn't know how to lunge when I started working with him either. So, we weighted the saddle, but the mare never flinched. My friend counter-balanced the stirrup for me and I swung up. My butt wasn't even in the saddle and I started to reach down to slip my right foot into the stirrup (the saddle we were using is built funny and it was hard to catch it with just my foot), when she threw a little crow hop at me. No worries, I thought. That wasn't that bad, maybe she just didn't like me leaning forward like that. Next thing I know, her ears are pinned, her head snaps around so she can look at me out of her right eye and she BUCKS. Full-on rodeo bronc buck. I flipped over her right shoulder and landed HARD on my butt, then back, then head. First time in two years I wasn't wearing a helmet and I paid for it. I was seeing stars for a few seconds, which is why I only know from my friend second-hand that the mare flipped, rolled and then came after me while I was still on the ground.

    I ended up with a severely sprained ankle (they thought I'd fractured it in the ER, but it ended being the shadow of a bone spur that made it look like a hairline fracture), was in a splint for a week and a walking cast for two weeks. I've been cleared to ride for just over a week now and have ridden my own horse three times so far (and was scared out of my mind every time, even though I KNOW he won't do anything, even though he's green).
         
        08-19-2011, 01:13 AM
      #55
    Weanling
    This is what is so scary about buying a horse. Sellers will lie their butts off. That's awful that a rescue said this horse was broke to the lady they sold her to. Did you contact the rescue and tell them they were wrong? Somebody should. I'd be piiiiiiissed if that happened to me. I'm sure you are 100 times the rider I am and you handled it a lot better. But I'd get kung fu on a person who told me a green horse was broken.
         
        08-19-2011, 01:23 AM
      #56
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by Heelsdown    
    This is what is so scary about buying a horse. Sellers will lie their butts off. That's awful that a rescue said this horse was broke to the lady they sold her to. Did you contact the rescue and tell them they were wrong? Somebody should. I'd be piiiiiiissed if that happened to me. I'm sure you are 100 times the rider I am and you handled it a lot better. But I'd get kung fu on a person who told me a green horse was broken.
    Actually, contacting the rescue isn't a bad idea. They need to know that someone was injured because of their misrepresentation. I was off work for a week because I had restrictions after I went to the ER (couldn't stand for extended periods and had to keep my foot elevated...yeah, I'm a cashier at Goodwill...).

    What makes the rescue's misrepresentation even MORE scary is that this woman has NO horse experience. She couldn't even pick up her horse's feet to clean them. Our guess is that they saw her coming a mile away and decided to pawn off on her (for $750) a "pretty horsey" they couldn't GIVE to anyone else with an ounce of horse sense. She openly admitted that one of the main reasons she got this mare was because she is "so pretty."

    I am not handling the aftermath very well, actually. I used to be a good, confident rider. Not great, but not half-bad for someone who has never had riding lessons a day in their life and learned almost everything they know from books (I understand things a lot better when I read them) and kind of trial-and-error on dead-broke horses (ducks in anticipation of the crap-storm that might generate).
         
        08-19-2011, 03:10 PM
      #57
    Weanling
    Honestly, it sounds like your friend got this horse from a broker posing as a rescue.

    IME, people who run legitimate rescues know a lot about the horses and are very honest about the horses' shortcomings. They want to be sure the horse is going to a good home and lying about a horse's behavior is what unscrupulous brokers do. If anything, the good rescues will give descriptions of the horses that would turn an average horse buyer off.
    Brokers can be some of the shadiest people in the world. They will say or do anything to get a buck. I'm willing to bet anything this is not a legit rescue. I would definitely let them know about the horse. If they get defensive and try to tell you how great the horse was at their farm and how you must have ruined it, then that's a good sign your friend got taken by a broker posing as a rescue.
    The only thing worse than a shady broker is a shady broker using 501c status, posing as a rescue and getting tax breaks for selling dangerous horses to unsuspecting buyers intending to do a good deed.
    As you can see, things like this really burn me up. Lol.
         
        08-19-2011, 03:43 PM
      #58
    Trained
    What a disaster! There was an old horse trader around here that used to sell horses as gentle for children when they had never been touched. That is just plain evil. It is probably illegal. Maybe "theft by deception"? I would think that they could and should be sued for their dishonesty that got you hurt.
         
        08-20-2011, 09:20 PM
      #59
    Yearling
    I saw my exact fear come true with one of our instructors yesterday. Her horse tripped fell into a ditch ( trail riding) and fell, rolled and almost landed right on top of her. Both were unharmed. Pretty scary though.
         
        08-22-2011, 02:14 AM
      #60
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Jessskater    
    -My horse tripping/falling while i'm riding her at a full gallop.
    OMG YES....I always think "what if she were to lose her footing?! We'd both go down hard!" as I flyyyy across the pasture with her.
         

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