In April, I received the best gift I have ever had, my 11 year old American Paint Horse named Blue. The woman I bought him from unloaded him off the trailer at my barn and I was astonished at how skinny he was. I didn't see him before she brought him to me, but she agreed to let me keep him for the first month for free.
Blue was the most perfect horse I have ever seen. His white face was so unique and he definitely had his own personality. He was stubborn, he would walk away from you when you tried to catch him, and was very lazy, even when I carried a crop. For the first few days I had him he was a perfect mount, we walked on trails, we jumped over logs, and walked on the road, but a week later Blue's behavior was so bad I was actually scared to ride!
I have been riding for 14 years and never had a horse scare me as bad. He continuously backed up and would refuse to walk forward. If I gave him a kick to go forward he reared up and bucked like a bronco. This happened over a course of 4 days, so I called his old owner and asked if Blue had done this with her. Of course she answered no.
She agreed to lower his price from $1,200 to $600 because of his behavior. Even with the lowered price his behavior was no better. I felt like giving up, but I also couldn't just let him go. My rider friends were also no help. They all said
"You're not experienced enough if you can't handle him, just give up", "he's a problem horse, just sell him or give him back!".
Boy did we prove them wrong. The problem horse I once was afraid of transformed into the horse I ride bareback with just a halter. Blue was a skinny stubborn disrespectful horse, but within 6 months he is now a big baby that follows me around everywhere. He is also jumping over 3'6".
I'm so glad I did not give up on him. I believed in him and I was right. I wouldn't trade him for the world! We have already placed in horse shows and we still are improving each day!
Our bond has become so strong that I couldn't imagine life without him. I am proud that I stuck with him and proved everyone wrong.
This horse is my world.