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post #1 of 14 Old 07-08-2012, 07:34 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Selling my horse, don't know if it is the right decision

I Started riding western for at five years old, I kept riding western for eight years till something popped up, my grandparents best friends have three Pasos and have a granddaughter the same age as me and offered me to ride with them, I found it fun, I didn't know what you could and couldn't donwith a paso fino. They told us we could ride any three of their horses any time we wanted to for 150 a month. It was as If I had gotten a horse, I never thought I would stick to it though. I rode with their granddaughter isabel for about a year and it was great. Then my parents, who don't know much about horses, decided to get me a tip top nationals winning paso fino mare, to me a horse was a horse and I was as happy as I could be. She turned out to be An extremely difficult horse who was nervous, spooky, and temperamental. I had my trainer start riding her so she could get out of her stall everyday, amdnthings got better. She only let me ride her, anybody who would get on would end up almost falling off. But she had no problem with me riding her. She turned out to be just like a dog, follows me everywhere, jumps and loves it, has an amazing gait, does some tricks and we bonded amazingly. She's a very sensitive horse and I cant even out my legs on her, and from coming from riding quarter horses and loving it, a thought of paso finos not being what I wanted to do crept into my head. I'm always cantering my horse, which can cause her to lose her gait if I keep doing it, and with her potential, I don't think it is worth it for that to happen. I have been riding my friends quarter horse a lot lately and I miss western riding so so so much. And I have decided to sell my horse for a quarter horse. This Is the hardest thing I have ever done in my entire life, I can't sell her to a little girl who I know will treat her like her puppy since she isn't at all kid safe. And I know how paso fino trainers ride their horses, and I'm not a big fan of it. But my horse Has all the things they see in their horses. I know she's not going to be jumped, not going to be given treats and taught tricks which kills me. But I want to feel the power of western riding again, so badly. I'm afraid that if I sell her I will regret it. Only because I will feel so sorry for her. Your probably thinking if you have so many bad thoughts why are you selling her? Whenever I think if riding I picture myself galloping through a field, not going corto and largo. I need to know if this is the right decision or not, any opinion or suggestion would help. And if you are selling any kid safe family horses, let me know.
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-09-2012, 05:53 PM
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Does her being a Paso stop her from doing what you want to do with her?
Why can't you ride her western?
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post #3 of 14 Old 07-09-2012, 07:09 PM
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I agree with natisha! I was gonna ask the same thing! Just because she's a paso doesnt mean you cant ride her western. Skyseternalangel's horse is a dutch warm blood/paint and she rode him in a dressage saddle. I ride him (with her permission of course) on a western saddle. He does amazing with both!!
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post #4 of 14 Old 07-09-2012, 07:56 PM
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If she's perfect in all other ways then just train her western. Breeds are just guidelines.

You may end up being very disappointed with your next horse, after your relationship with this one.
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post #5 of 14 Old 07-10-2012, 03:20 AM
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Sobrana, RandysWifey is right.

My horse is 17hh, high wither.. and primarily English. But he can be ridden Western regardless of his breed. So can your Paso! Just get them into training :) Lessons would help. Heck I know Drafts that go Western just fine.. and Haflingers.

Don't let that get in your way.

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post #6 of 14 Old 07-10-2012, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
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It doesnt have anything to do with the breed, its more that she has so much "brio" that i will never be able to double up on her, take her on a long camping trip, swim with her, i cant even put my legs on her. And its not something that i will be able to do with training and as she gets older. I have asked ny trainer about putting my legs on her and he said he could work on it but after a while of doing tbis he said that this is her personality and that it wont change that she is bred to have this much brio. If she goes to the right home and if i can still ride her i think i will be ok. I have taken lessons for showing her in western pleasure and they have not gone too well.

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post #7 of 14 Old 07-10-2012, 08:23 AM
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No idea what "brio" is. Curious. Can you explain more on that?

Once you sell her, give up any notions about staying in contact or riding. She won't be your horse anymore. Why not try leasing her out?

Just wanted to add that not all horses will accept two riders, especially not for a long ride. Dangerous anyway.
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"brio" is a term people use in the paso world to explain how hyper or "hot" a horse is. In my case, my horse has a lot of brio. She is very nevrotic and sensitive, responds to every little touch. Does that answer your question?(: and thats a good idea. Thanks! There is one person interested in buying her and i asked if i would be a able to come and ride and she told me yes of course.
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post #9 of 14 Old 07-10-2012, 08:43 AM
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Paso finos actually can make great western pleasure horses!
And if you have such a great bond you will find she will be willing to try anything for you.. :)
Give her a chance, you never know untill you try.
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i am curious as to why you think she cant do long trail rides or camping trips?? any horse can do that its just up to the rider to maintain a speed the horse is comfortable with to last the trip. and make sure your horse feels comfortable or confident enough to handle the strange things you will encounter. if crazy arabs can do it i think a paso can ;p

as for the different gaits...i personally think its a load of bull when people say oh if you trot or canter a gaited horse they will lose there gait... i have 2 twh who both gait naturally in there field they also trot naturally in the field when they are with non gaited horses. it does not stop them from losing there gait!! i have also had the help of a trainer train my horses to understand different cues for walk,jog, trot, short stride running walk, canter, long stride running walk, lope, and the crazy let it all out gallop. they know each cue means a certain thing and will pick up the correct gait i ask for. however it is not perfect or as comfy as some naturally non gaited horses but you are able to keep pace with them and compete a bit in the lower levels.

good luck though with your decision :)
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