Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Southern California
I bought my first horse when I was 27. He was everything I thought I wanted. 17.3 imported warmblood. Beautiful jumping bloodlines. However, he was a spook, he was a dirty stopper, and was ultimately ruined by his previous owner. I was devastated. Not knowing what to do, I sold him. I bought my second horse (whom is my current jumper), and he was also spooky, dangerous, reactive, and ruined by his previous owners. I decided to get off my rear and do something about it... so I found the forum, and I bought a billion books, and I hired a "natural horsemanship trainer". I cocktailed all the things I learned to finally end up with the horse he is now... I knew he was in there somewhere! It's been a little over a year, and i'm still learning. I'm still very careful. I don't ride alone, I don't ride without a helmet, and I know how far I can push him before he can become explosive. But it's taken an incredible amount of time and patience. Hang in there... cause if you can... if you do... it will be the most rewarding relationship!
Life seems mighty precious, when there's less of it to waste.