Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: United States,baby!
I know its hard.
I love(d) chance, but am having a hard time with him because he is dangerous with his habits, and for YEARS, and girl just trashed him, making him barrel sour(which is what I love to do). Then, they never told us he was a chronic rearer. We even had him here for 2 weeks before we bought him. He was popping up, but I figured it wasn't bad and could be worked out of him. During those 2 weeks, we were fixing his feet. He was 100 lbs underweight and dragging his back feet from pain in them. So he didn't pull anything then. Until the gymkhana, where he reared and ran away with me a bunch. I took all the right measures and got him under control, but not befoe being throughly spooked
Then, 2 days later, I decided to take him on a peacful trail ride. Well, he didn't want to go any father, so I let him have loose rein, and kicked him on, AFTER checked to make sure ntohing was spooking him. He just didn't even have the spooking horse posture/body actions. So, he reared and flipped me over backwards-ONTO THE ROAD. Scarriest thing every, being flung to the side, watching your horse crash down next to you, in slo-mo.
So, we sent him to a well-reccommended(if not eccentric) trainer. The trainer worked with him 2 weeks, then took him to a gymkhana to just see how he would ask, walking the classes. Gate problem was fixed, but he was looking really hard to control, even for the trainer. Balking, trying to run, everything. Trainer kept him together though.
But then, he told me afterwards, that (exact words) "If you want to even PUT this horse in a gymkhana, even to walk him, you are ASKING to get hurt".
Gymkhana is what I love to do, and I can't do that with him. He is really sweet on the ground (unless lunging), but under saddle, he has some ingrained issues. Theres a quote on here from a member(can'tremember which). It goes:
"A horse with dangerous problems costs just as much as a horse that is a pleasure to keep. I'm not going to waste my short time on this earth dealing with horses that stress and frustrate me, while also threatening to shorten my life span considerably."
Minus the part about costing the same. It actually costs more, with the training and maybe even medical bills.
Did I give up on Chance? Maybe. Did I choose what is in his best interest, and mine? I will. Once I figure out what to do.(sell, lease,etc.)