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post #11 of 37 Old 04-12-2013, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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im kind of confused...what exactly is the problem? Because he took a step toward the barn when you didnt ask for it?

If that's the only problem, take him home! He sounds wonderful to me.
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Exactly :( for some meters, he tried going forward, and I kept him backwards,some kind of a yoyo! No harsh or sudden movements. After that, the owner rode him in the same place, with his two year old daughter on saddle with him, and showing me that if I turned away from the stables, he wouldn't take a step back.
I may sound silly, but some other people in the past months have tried to sell me the deadliest of the horses (when I asked for the safest!!!), so now I look at literally everything! :)
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post #12 of 37 Old 04-12-2013, 07:13 PM
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Tomorrow I'll go with him on a trail ride, up to a trainer's place where I'll spend the rest of the time, to see if he can be the horse for me! I'm really nervous about him "changing" when at his new home... he seems what we are looking for, at the moment. I don't know how much a horse can change in a new home. I hope time will tell.. our vet friend is a very experienced rider, I hope he will be of some help! Such a hard decision! Thank you!
I don't agree with babying him when you get him. If he is well trained I would start riding asap. If he is a trail horse a strange place shouldn't bother him.
Every horse I have ever purchased I took them home and treated them like I had them for years and I have never had any problems. Start babying him and he may think he is in charge. Every one I know that thinks they need to be slow and get the horse used to new surroundings has many horses that they are afraid to ride.
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I agree with flygap and others. It sounds to me like he's a really nice horse. Some horses will call back when their buddy calls to them. So long as he didn't get resistant about going forward or try to turn around and go back to the barn, I wouldn't worry about it at all.

As for the walking toward the barn, just from the sound, I'd say that was likely more of a habit than him being barn sour. If a horse is ridden the exact same path each time they are ridden (down the driveway and into the barn after a ride), then that is simply what they begin to expect so they start to anticipate because that's what they think you want them to do.

If he wasn't resistant about going wherever you told him to go, in spite of his habit of walking right toward the barn, then I really don't think it's anything to worry about.

I do agree with you having a trainer/instructor and getting regular lessons though. You do sound like a relative novice and it is really easy to let a horse develop bad habits if you don't know how to spot them when they start and correct them. Lessons will help you to understand better why horses act the way they do and what to do in the event you need to correct him.

I would suggest you go back out and ride him again (perhaps take your trainer along with you) before making any final decisions, but from the way he sounds, he might be just the ticket for you.
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post #14 of 37 Old 04-12-2013, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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I don't agree with babying him when you get him. If he is well trained I would start riding asap. If he is a trail horse a strange place shouldn't bother him.
Every horse I have ever purchased I took them home and treated them like I had them for years and I have never had any problems. Start babying him and he may think he is in charge. Every one I know that thinks they need to be slow and get the horse used to new surroundings has many horses that they are afraid to ride.
Then, I should see how quiet he is when he arrives, and decided upon that, what do you think?
They used him 99% for trails, since it's the only thing they could do, living in the countryside and having the horse at home with no closed space to work in.
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Honestly-I have ridden all of mine the day I got them or the next (one came 11 hours on a trailer....). Think about it. Horses go to shows, trail rides, camping trips, etc all the time. They do NOT get a week of us sitting with them, etc. I personally think that is hogwash. Some of mine did not turn into my "forever horse, but they ALL always stepped off a trailer in a new place like they were born there. If you are anxious about it, the horse will be. It is not a huge deal. Horses do it all the time.
He sounds wonderful. I would turn the "worry" energy into excitement, if it were me.
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Exactly :( for some meters, he tried going forward, and I kept him backwards,some kind of a yoyo! No harsh or sudden movements. After that, the owner rode him in the same place, with his two year old daughter on saddle with him, and showing me that if I turned away from the stables, he wouldn't take a step back.
I may sound silly, but some other people in the past months have tried to sell me the deadliest of the horses (when I asked for the safest!!!), so now I look at literally everything! :)
I would ride him again because its wise to do when looking at a horse for sale.

But overall, I think you are dealing with a nice horse and nice people. At least im hoping so. I guess you never really know.

If he wasnt tossing his head, getting worked up, starting to sweat or acting nasty about trying to go back to the barn, then I think he may be the real deal. My horses all act up worse then what you described for him. Lol. So to me, this isnt any big deal and definitely something that can be trained out of him!
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post #17 of 37 Old 04-12-2013, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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I agree with flygap and others. It sounds to me like he's a really nice horse. Some horses will call back when their buddy calls to them. So long as he didn't get resistant about going forward or try to turn around and go back to the barn, I wouldn't worry about it at all.

As for the walking toward the barn, just from the sound, I'd say that was likely more of a habit than him being barn sour. If a horse is ridden the exact same path each time they are ridden (down the driveway and into the barn after a ride), then that is simply what they begin to expect so they start to anticipate because that's what they think you want them to do.

If he wasn't resistant about going wherever you told him to go, in spite of his habit of walking right toward the barn, then I really don't think it's anything to worry about.

I do agree with you having a trainer/instructor and getting regular lessons though. You do sound like a relative novice and it is really easy to let a horse develop bad habits if you don't know how to spot them when they start and correct them. Lessons will help you to understand better why horses act the way they do and what to do in the event you need to correct him.

I would suggest you go back out and ride him again (perhaps take your trainer along with you) before making any final decisions, but from the way he sounds, he might be just the ticket for you.
That's the first impression I had, as if he quietly did what was normal for him, walking back home, he didn't look tense at all. If tomorrow I'll spot anything weird, I'll let you know! Thanks so much for the advice :)
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post #18 of 37 Old 04-12-2013, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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Honestly-I have ridden all of mine the day I got them or the next (one came 11 hours on a trailer....). Think about it. Horses go to shows, trail rides, camping trips, etc all the time. They do NOT get a week of us sitting with them, etc. I personally think that is hogwash. Some of mine did not turn into my "forever horse, but they ALL always stepped off a trailer in a new place like they were born there. If you are anxious about it, the horse will be. It is not a huge deal. Horses do it all the time.
He sounds wonderful. I would turn the "worry" energy into excitement, if it were me.
I think I have both huge excitement and worry LOL!! I'll do my best to relax on saddle tomorrow, he's one of the first horses that passed all our "tests"! ( the other I fell in love with was probably going to be lame very soon, and I couldn't handle the problem, so I didn't buy him)
I won't sleep tonight. XD
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post #19 of 37 Old 04-12-2013, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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i would ride him again because its wise to do when looking at a horse for sale.

But overall, I think you are dealing with a nice horse and nice people. At least im hoping so. I guess you never really know.

If he wasnt tossing his head, getting worked up, starting to sweat or acting nasty about trying to go back to the barn, then I think he may be the real deal. My horses all act up worse then what you described for him. Lol. So to me, this isnt any big deal and definitely something that can be trained out of him!
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This comforts me a bit :) I think I'm worrying so much because I'm so happy! (It can't be true, finally, after all the journeys to trainers, breeders, and sellers)
Anyway, I'll pay attention to everything... thank you for the help :')
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Just stay calm/relaxed/focused/ - I do believe you're in love with him already, and I don't blame you! It is so exciting!!! Try to sleep, have an awesome day tomorrow, and simply enjoy :)
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