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        04-30-2013, 08:08 AM
      #11
    Green Broke
    Can I ask how long youve had him and how long you have been at this new barn? Why did you move from the last barn, what is different about this current barn to your last one? (I'm not just being nosey here I do actualy have a thought about what may have happened).

    I'm one of those that loves the challenge of a difficult horse (as those who have followed my progress with Reeco) but sometime I do wish I had something easier, that said I am no where near being classed as a novice.

    Sometimes you have got to take a step back and admit it isnt the right horse for you, sometimes it could be a change in environment that has upset the horse. They take time to settle into new places and routines, and we are not talking a couple of days here we are talking up to 6 months!!
         
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        04-30-2013, 10:53 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by faye    
    Can I ask how long youve had him and how long you have been at this new barn? Why did you move from the last barn, what is different about this current barn to your last one? (I'm not just being nosey here I do actualy have a thought about what may have happened).

    I'm one of those that loves the challenge of a difficult horse (as those who have followed my progress with Reeco) but sometime I do wish I had something easier, that said I am no where near being classed as a novice.

    Sometimes you have got to take a step back and admit it isnt the right horse for you, sometimes it could be a change in environment that has upset the horse. They take time to settle into new places and routines, and we are not talking a couple of days here we are talking up to 6 months!!
    I have had Dancer for almost 3 years. I moved him because he wasn't getting his supplements like he was supposed to, even after talking to the BO about it. He also wasn't being fed like I asked. I was paying for a stall and he was never in his stall. The BO's horses would be in a stall but not Dancer. (This was especially important in the summer because he burns) He was always skinny. Since I moved him he is at a good weight and I am happy with his care. We have been there for 15 months.

    I think that now that he's healthy his true personality has come out and he feels good. I also know that he probably thinks he is on vacation. He probably wasn't ridden in 3 months from a combination of weather and we had a family situation which caused me to not be able to ride.

    I'm really going to try and work on our relationship. I'm hoping that between his training, our lessons, and actual ride time we can repair our relationship and he can see me as a leader and not just a pushover.
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        05-05-2013, 03:21 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    I would personally consider selling him. Horses are suppose to be fun. We ride because we love it and we love with with the horses. I myself have been in sort of a similar situation with a horse that was beyond my experience at the time. I kept telling myself he would get better and I could do this, but I was barely riding. And it wasn't fun anymore. That was the drawing point for me, when it became less fun and more of a hassle and stress to go out there and work with that stubborn horse, while we didn't get along anyway. It was a bad decision to get him in the first place, but I was horse-less and he was free.

    I think training is a good idea, but I'd also not let go fully of the idea of selling him. It sounds like he just needs someone who is a good match for him training-wise who can teach him right from wrong, but if this one issue is solved, what about anything else he might throw at you? Thinking past one issue to the whole picture is what helped me. I thought I loved my horse, but I loved the idea of him more than him himself, as I didn't enjoy being with him.

    I hope you are happy with whatever choice you make.
         
        05-05-2013, 03:41 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Sorry I have not read all the post yet, but thought of this that may help...........

    "Playing the Hero" -- when to 'stick with it' & when to realize it's time to move on.
         
        05-07-2013, 11:48 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    Thanks everyone.
         

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