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    02-21-2010, 10:26 AM
Angry Rant...

So most of you know about Gonzo, my project pony this summer.. if you don't, long story short, he was a rescue and we had him for 3 years or so but he was always scared and jittery and hyper..so I started riding him everyday this summer, and he ended up totally beginner-safe.
I was really happy with what I'd gotten out of him, and I grew out of him so he started being a school horse again. Now that did not go so welll. . . Basically everyone who rode him fell off because he would spook and they couldn't stay on. I don't want to place blames but this is sort of the B.O.'s fault for not starting him out with more confident riders..but I was also dissapointed because he was basically rock-solid by the time I was done with him.
Now Winter has come & the younger kids aren't riding until Spring, so he's out of work. Gonzo is one of those horses who will forget everything if he isn't in work constantly, and now he has gone completely downhill. I had a bad accident with him weeks ago, just trying to pick his hooves. He keeps spooking & braeking his crossties, and yesterday he was too nervous to even be tied next to another horse... He would spook everytime the other horse moved even an inch toward him. This just sort of makes me angry because I worked so hard on this pony and now he is worse than ever before. :(
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    02-21-2010, 07:13 PM
Im sawie!
    02-21-2010, 07:25 PM
Awww that sucks nellie. I would not be happy.
    02-21-2010, 09:18 PM
He obviously wasn't rock-solid if he had these issues.

I'm sorry but it isn't your horse - people need to realise that by riding someone elses horse they are giving training for free and no return, and it does not give them any say in what happens to the horse afterwards.

Yup, it sucks, but it happens.
    02-21-2010, 09:39 PM
Sounds like you just let him go to the wind and didnt refresh his training at all. That's what happens to lesson horses if you don't keep working with them. If you didnt agree with the Bo's choice of rider for him you should have pulled him from the lesson program ASAP. If I don't like how someone rides my horse I don't let them have another chance to cause problems.
    02-22-2010, 03:56 PM
Sorry, but I agree with wild spot, doesn't sound like he was all that rock solid. Its not your fault, I don't expect a horse to be beginner safe within one summer of riding. I've had horses that I would put a beginner on after that period, but not completely turn them over to.

Remember, anytime that anyone is with a horse, they are training it, either well, or poorly. I always have to sigh and shake my head when I pop on my schoolies that were at one point extremely fine tuned. However, I can't blame the students, they don't have near the years or experience under their belts like I do, that's why they are taking lessons, they will all make mistakes and it does take a while to develop the feel and the confidence. Sadly, the horses, and the people who trained them, are the ones that pay for it. Just remember, at one point, you were that beginner child. Years of training can be undone in no time at all. Poor holding patterns and postural issues can develop in a horse that previously seemed unshakeable in a short matter of time. I'm sorry that you had this happen, but you shouldn't be surprised.
    03-06-2010, 10:47 AM
I think you really have to have seen the pony to understand.. if you watched me ride him, when he was calm, he would seem totally beginner safe & completely rock solid. So his owners assumed he was beginner safe, and starting putting him with nervous riders & then he grew nervous too, and now he's right back where he started, basically as bad as when we rescued him. >.<
    03-07-2010, 09:16 PM
Horses don't "lose" everything they learn. You just have to find that little mind block and knock it down. Then its just lots of repition.

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