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post #21 of 40 Old 03-25-2010, 12:46 PM
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haha you should have got on after her and said, "hmmm nope, the horse isn't broken. It's you."

On a more serious note, better luck next time! That must have been painful to watch.

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post #22 of 40 Old 03-25-2010, 12:47 PM
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yeah, i'd say you had the right reaction. The girl obviously had no riding sense or experience whatsoever to do stuff like that. Although, if she really was riding those other thoroughbreds I feel really sorry for those horses. Good thing you stepped in when you did and made her get off.
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post #23 of 40 Old 03-25-2010, 01:15 PM
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Well, I'll play the devil's advocate I guess. While it certainly sounds like this girl was NO match for the horse, I had a similar experience, except I was the one in the buyer's shoes!

When I went out and looked to buy my Foxtrotter last fall, they had her pre-saddled and everything and had this really weird metal bosal on her head. I mean it looked just like a rawhide bosal, but it was metal.

I couldn't steer her for the life of me. It didn't matter if I used one hand or two. I just couldn't get the hang of how to work that bosal thing and the horse wasn't going where I wanted. She was also used as a rental horse and had lead sides, so using leg aids didn't seem to do a thing.

So the older guy that runs the rental program proceeds to give me a lesson. I felt like a total beginner! Now I am not a world class rider or anything, but I have been riding for about 15 years and manage to ride the trails, mostly by myself, almost every day the weather is good for 15 years without getting myself into much trouble. Anyway, the younger guy who was there, who was actually the horse trainer, told me the mare would neck rein and I didn't have to listen to the older guy so much because he didn't know the horse as well as he did. When I asked what bit to ride her in, he said a halter!

So I bought the horse because it was one of those "buy her now or she goes to the auction next week" kind of things, and my long time horse friend told me she would buy the horse from me if she didn't work out. So we went and got a trailer and I bought myself a Foxtrotter.

So as horrible as that all sounds, (and did I mention she had a foal at her side that they were selling separately?) I ended up with a REALLY nice trail horse who neck reins and has a really soft mouth and is really sweet and kind. We are working on leg aids and I even have her side-passing. She neck reins and direct reins (depending on what we are doing) great!

So I guess the point of the story is, I went out to buy a horse, I couldn't steer her and I'm sure they thought I was really ignorant, but it all worked out great. I still don't know what the deal was with the metal bosal. I think maybe the trainer used that on all the horses he was working. But she takes a mild bit great and I've had not a drop of trouble riding or steering her since I got her home.
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post #24 of 40 Old 03-25-2010, 01:24 PM
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I have to agree with the others. I would have kicked her off my property if she couldn't even mount. Not to mention called her a freaking liar about riding thourobreds, etc.......... wow, the nerve of some people. But how often do we hear stories like this......someone standing in the stables bragging about their abilities then when you see them in action its a gong show......some peoples kids I tell ya!
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post #25 of 40 Old 03-25-2010, 03:18 PM
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I hope you gave her a kick up the backside on her way out :O
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post #26 of 40 Old 03-25-2010, 03:45 PM
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I agree with a lot of others. You were WAY too easy-going. I'd have stopped when she got out of the car, and said "Sorry, but my horse isn't fit to carry more than X pounds."

And why do heavy people also seem to choose big, heavy saddles? I'm certainly no featherweight (but as a six foot tall guy, I have some excuse ), but at least I looked for the lightest saddle I could reasonably afford - and if I could get carbon fiber and titanium tack, I would.
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post #27 of 40 Old 03-25-2010, 06:10 PM
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So now, I'm sure she feels like a total ass after all of you saying what you "would have" done, or that the girl wouldn't have been allowed on the property. For some of you, it's true, but others, think about it.

Fact is, if I were in a similar situation, I probably would have done the same thing she did. I would have let the girl try her out, helped her up, and then just told her something like, "You know, I don't think she's the horse for you." I wouldn't have had the guts to be either blunt, nor rude to someone, especially a brat, because I don't want the rumors and bad blood.

Really, I commend you for facing it as long as you could, giving her the benefit of the doubt, and eventually protecting the best interest for Honey. Good job!!!
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So now, I'm sure she feels like a total ass after all of you saying what you "would have" done, or that the girl wouldn't have been allowed on the property. For some of you, it's true, but others, think about it.

Fact is, if I were in a similar situation, I probably would have done the same thing she did. I would have let the girl try her out, helped her up, and then just told her something like, "You know, I don't think she's the horse for you." I wouldn't have had the guts to be either blunt, nor rude to someone, especially a brat, because I don't want the rumors and bad blood.

Really, I commend you for facing it as long as you could, giving her the benefit of the doubt, and eventually protecting the best interest for Honey. Good job!!!

Thanks...I didn't really want to be mean to her but her stupidity just killed me.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #29 of 40 Old 03-25-2010, 08:25 PM
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I give you kudo's... you are definitely. Not sounding bitchy at all you are worried about the welfare of your horse, and pretty disrespectful saying that to you...i'd think she'd try to make a good impression if she wanted to buy your horse! People are so very ignorant!

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post #30 of 40 Old 03-25-2010, 08:50 PM
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Man, if that happened to me I don't even think I'd get angry. I think I'd just laugh and tell them to leave. I mean, I'm sixteen, and I might not know /everything/ about horses, but if I'm going to do something I like, even if I'm not amazing, I'm not going to pretend to be, and I'm at least going to read up the "Idiot's Guide to What NOT to Do".

I feel bad for Honey though. =[ Goodness.
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