Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Dee, You JUST reminded me why I've only owned 3 mares over the years! The one I have now is a gem. I had a 14'0hh QH-type mare a few years ago that had a timer. After about 30 minutes time was up and she wanted you off. I tried schooling her, but I finally sent her to my Amish trainer/farrier thinking I could pay him for the inevitable fight. She spun him so fast that he still says, "she tried to kill me!"
This depression is really making it difficult for both the horses and the owners. Plus, our state (IL) used to have horse slaughter, and unwanted horses were transported there in a day. Now, they all get shipped for several days to who-really-knows-where.
I guess I'm thinking that I should apply my own advice (for finding my place) to finding a new horse. I looked for it for 12 years, and I just kept my radar up. I had specifics:
--real house, not trailer, 3 or more bedrooms
--barn or storage building
--shelter or stalls
--not too far from town
I also talked it up, and I found my place bc the daughter-in-law of the sellers told me my (current) property had just gone on the market that day. I contacted my real estate agent, and we saw it the next day, and put a "hold" on it.
I really like CA's advice more and more--to take ANY of these horses back to day one training for respect. HOWEVER, if a new horse bites or strikes I am not sure that a newbie could fix that. =/