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    01-16-2011, 09:57 PM
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Weanling
bombproof horses...how many have them?

Just curious....how many of you feel you have a "bombproof" horse? That truly deadbroke, jump on and go anytime anywhere, totally trustworthy steed? I know that in my younger days I had two but now that I am back in riding after many years I have not seemed to come across very many and just wondered who here has one of these treasures. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    01-16-2011, 10:05 PM
  #2
Showing
I've had two.

Kits Bo M. Was a Missouri Fox Trotter who stood for anything, wasn't phased by anything. My dad was riding him home from a trail ride and it was storming, a tree fell down literally right in front of them and Bo just kept on walking and stepped over the tree. Lol.

Arthur I have now, he's 23 and never spooks. I could run up behind him while he's sleeping and jump on him from his butt and he'd be unphased. I have videos of me galloping him bareback and bridleless, standing on him and jumping and sliding off bridleless, etc. In costume class we tested his bombproofness to the limit by making him a groom and me riding him as a bride with bells, ribbons, and a huge wedding dress. Never spooked
     
    01-16-2011, 10:07 PM
  #3
Started
I've yet to see (or believe ) in a truly "bombproof" horse. To me that seems like saying the horse in mind makes no mistakes at all. Not possible.

I've had a few very reliable mounts that wouldn't hurt a fly (on purpose anyways), but I guarantee they were not bombproof.
     
    01-16-2011, 10:10 PM
  #4
Weanling
Our old pony was, no joke, the MOST bombproof animal you have ever met in your life. I'm a person who believes that no horse is truly bombproof, but that pony was.

My dad would blow all the dead hair out of him with an air gun and the pony would stand there "chewing his cud". He pretty much was free range, just went wherever he wanted, no fences, never went faster than a jaunty walk unless really pressed. You literally could ride him anywhere. He went through life with a mild indifference to everything. What I would give to find another horse like that.
     
    01-16-2011, 10:12 PM
  #5
Weanling
We have one who's absolutely dead broke. He's such a good boy. Nothing scares him. The only time I can ever remember him spooking was this one day when I was riding him in the indoor, and a mouse, yes, a mouse, ran under him. It was hilarious. My mare isn't spooky, per say, but she's a very hot horse. And my sister's new gelding sofar seems completely bombproof, but we've only had him about a month, so I guess we'll see :)
I tend to find horses are either bombproof or insane where I live. There aren't many inbetween horses.
     
    01-16-2011, 10:36 PM
  #6
Green Broke
I'm with Tennessee on this. I don't believe in Bombproof horses.
I believe in reliable and trustworthy horses that wouldn't hurt you on purposes.
     
    01-16-2011, 10:37 PM
  #7
Weanling
Thanks for your replies...it's encouraging to know they are out there :) I am obviously aware anything can happen with a horse and nothing is fool proof or for sure but there are just those horses like you all have described that you just really trust and have proved themselves time and time again in so many situations. Lucky owners indeed ;)
     
    01-17-2011, 02:22 AM
  #8
Green Broke
I wouldn't say my Mustang is spook-proof, but he's got the best brain of any horse I've ever ridden.

Other riders can be having difficulties out on the trail, or galloping their horses around like crazy on purpose, and John will just ignore the chaos around him and listen to ME. He is the best horse I have ever had, and he's a BLM Mustang!

They aren't super common, but they are out there. I think the main reason good horses can be hard to find is that people tend to keep them and sell the less-than-perfect horses first.
     
    01-17-2011, 05:39 AM
  #9
Green Broke
I know I'll probably get a few others telling me I've got my head off or something of the sort, but out of a decent hundred horses I've seen/been around/ridden, my best friend's little grade pony that just turned 4 is the most reliable, trustworthy, safe horse I've ever come across-hands down. I'd put a baby on him and feel that it was on just about the safest horse it could be on.
Little trail pony, lesson pony, gaming pony, babysitter, anything horse; I doubt he'll ever be leaving the ownership of my friend. I wouldn't sell that pony for anything less than 75k-and I doubt my friend would sell him for anything short of the world. Doubt I'll ever find myself a pony/horse that nice.
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    01-17-2011, 04:27 PM
  #10
Weanling
I'm also with Tennessee and flytobecat.
There is no such thing as a bomb-proof horse. Horses are wild animals and have wild animal instincts. They are unpredictable and who really knows what they will do. I think it's silly to say I have a bomb-proof horse, cause that little pony that would never hurt anyone may decide to buck off a kid just cause it's still an unpredictable animal.
     

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