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post #31 of 40 Old 02-23-2014, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Sure, that's a great idea. It an upper molar, about midway back.
I was quoted 1k.

The rest kind of makes me put things into perspective. The BO/trainer she is what she is. I can't stay mad. Now that my horse has a bad tooth and an expensive removal, she has been taking her temperature/heart rate and giving her an antibiotic every day. I guess dependence is not always a negative.
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post #32 of 40 Old 02-24-2014, 10:22 PM
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Whilst I think that every rider could improve with the right trainer, I also think that no trainer at all is better than a bad trainer.

If you are doing well with your horse, I don't see why you "should" take lessons with a riding instructor that you probably don't like.
...or a trainer that your horse doesn't like...

Which makes me think that this horse did not like this trainer and the "methods" used.

Do your own thing. You sound like you've got it much better than the "trainer".
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post #33 of 40 Old 02-25-2014, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, Afull99. I think the biggest reason she pi$$ed me off was that she rushed over to me yelling in front of about 20 barn people that I was making the horse mad and she was ready to bolt with me. Totally wrong and probably because she was not asked to direct or be in charge .

I hope there's a next time, and I will tell her I'd just like to do my own thing for 10 minutes as an education between me and myself. I will tell her she can always say "I told you so" LOL

The main thing is that the horse is very forward. Flies over jumps loving it. But the problem is that she ignores the rider after the first jump and the rider starts to pull on her and they end up in a fight. Since the girl only has time to ride once a week, she may be a good match for the horse, but not at once a week.
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post #34 of 40 Old 02-25-2014, 02:40 PM
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In this case I think the best thing you can do is just keep doing your own thing. Don't take it to heart.
Egg-sactly! I trail ride, so do I really care about flying lead changes? Ugh, nothing worse than that old feeling of barn teenagers 'judging' me ride.

You can always consider a new trainer you will gel with better.
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Thanks, Danny. I'm glad every one is so helpful and can understand .
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Hi PFB, I wasn't there but that trainer sounds rude, interfering and insecure, not to mention in need of a few lessons herself, in manners and probably also in some aspects of horsemanship. She may be great at coaching jumpers, but that doesn't make her an expert at all other disciplines, such as dressage, gaited horses, etc, nor does it mean she's automatically better than non-trainers at such things. Not every person who'd good with horses and riding ends up teaching others for money.

I agree that touchy horses like the "bolter" need to be taught to tolerate normal leg contact, and that the aim is to ride it like a normal horse, not a ticking bomb.

I also think that the instructor is being rather forward in getting involved with your horse, and needs to back off. You've every right to coach people you allow on your horse - it's your horse, you know your horse best, and you don't sound like you're at all uninformed about riding.

Look, I've no idea if this is a fair comparison, but many moons ago when I learnt to ride in Europe, one of our agistment centres had a jumping teacher who yelled all the time and made the horses in the arena nervous with his presence. Much as I would have liked jumping lessons, I was put off by this. I also noticed that he was "rushing" horses and riders without what in my view was the necessary groundwork, so lots of horses kind of charged around the jumping course without communicating with riders properly (and then the instructor yelled even louder). The dressage instructor was totally the opposite: Preparation, lots of exercises - calm, calm, calm.

Ah, the politics of riding establishments...

Good luck with your riding and your horse, you sound like you're on the right track, don't let anyone spoil your enjoyment, or discourage you from thinking for yourself.
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Thanks, Sue. You've mentioned a lot that sounds like common sense. I do think if you ride a horse like a ticking bomb, you may get one. I do think this trainer "needs" people to "need" her. Maybe I'm not needy enough! LOL

Calm does work, doesn't it?
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I was quoted 1k.

The rest kind of makes me put things into perspective. The BO/trainer she is what she is. I can't stay mad. Now that my horse has a bad tooth and an expensive removal, she has been taking her temperature/heart rate and giving her an antibiotic every day. I guess dependence is not always a negative.
That's kind of her to assist you this way.

I finally had a chance to call my vet, he said he would have to see the tooth, but if the horse was trailered in, it would be a $30 office visit to inspect the tooth, and $15 additional if the horse needed anesthesia. I was told if the horse was older, (I replied about 10yrs) there was a good chance he could take it out. If he didn't think he could take it out without drilling, he would refer to a nearby dentist.

Even though he couldn't give me an estimate, I seriously doubt it would cost anywhere near $1000. That would be more than most people here pay for a horse.
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Anita, I can see where an older horse would be easier-less root. This dentist I just had is with a doctor in a trailer that is a treatment center and office all in one.

If I would have taken her to the Ocala horse hospital, they would have taken it out thru her cheek and it would cost a few thousands. All in all the tooth came out in 2 halves, smelled real bad, and took about 50 minutes of rocking, twisting, and pulling to get it out. My horse was sedated and looked drunk. My horse is 13. The tooth was about 2 inches long.
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