I drove four hours to go look at this young-ish Thoroughbred that sounded like he had loads of potential. Talked to the owner who said he would make a lovely dressage mount, completely sane and sound etc.
We go all the way out there and the horse is an absolute sweetheart. Tack him up, everything goes well, a little touchy in the back though. The owner starts leading him to the arena and his hind fetlock joints literally touch the ground everytime he takes a step. The owner rides him around first and then tells me the vet said that his hocks were too weak to canter as of right now but he'll be fine with a little work. Later, she mentions which vet she uses and it turns out that I know him personally. As soon as I say this she starts backpeddaling on the whole hock thing. It was pretty interesting.
Then in the same weekend I went to go and see this little paint mare that was for sale as a calm and safe horse. As soon as I sat down on her, she started trotting. That horse would NOT let you put your weight in the saddle without taking off. I got the horse to a stop finally, got off and said she wasn't right for me.
Why do people make a point that these horses are safe when the are obviously not?
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