I would love a safe horse, but people don't sell them or if they do they want an arm and a leg for them. Anything good is gone within hours. A rescue underweight mare would cost me 2500! I was also looking at rocky mountain or walking horses but they are $5000 and all 6 year olds.
In saying that I also know I am probably not going to sit on this horse again :( sucks because I picked him out and I wanted him. ... But who is going to want a horse that won't get in their trailer to go home with them? Ugh it's a mess
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I bought my QH mare who is 13yrs old for $500 she had been a trailhorse then a broodmare for about 7yrs. I sent my husband and his friend out to look at her, both jumped on her bareback (they like to get to the bones of it) with just a halter. Her owners said they weren't sure if she would be ridable without some refreshing. I went out 2days later we saddle and bitted her she did fine, I bought her on the spot. My husband and a couple of male friends have been trailriding her for a couple of months and because my confidence was shaky I only just took her out this past week, wow she blew me away, she was so rock steady.
My first year learning to ride a friend let me keep his mare at our place while I learned to ride, he trusted us and knew that his mare would get the very best, and I would mother the heck out of her. He kept the gelding with us as well and we did the work, fed them he did pitch in on some of the hay, but it worked out because he had become super busy.
There are a lot of discussions about trailering on here. I don't know if your aware of the phrase move his feet, but basically take them to the trailer don't yank and pull, if they wont go in back them up, try again, back em up, try again, until your horse realises that the trailer is a nice restful place to be. My mare likes the side doors open I think its because of the darkness that she is being asked to go into. It's a trial and error finding the right button on your horse, but moving their feet is always good. Horses are basically lazy so keeping them moving until they figure out hey its nice and restful in here hmmm not so bad.
If you truly want to ride, look up stuff, like how to trailer a horse, how to desensitized them so they don't get worked up if they get spooked. Like my sister always says to her daughter you don't sit on a horse, you ride them. You have to be proactive trying to figure out how to become their leader. You can do it, I was more spooky then my horse
spending time with them brushing, bathing, leading them will help. I used to tell my husband "don't leave me alone with him" lol if he was going to go get something quick lol I was more prancy then he was. That helped me to become better, basically I was desensitized