I have decided no more buying "used" horses..only "new" ones....tee he
That is pretty much the philosophy when it comes to my family. My niece grew up on a horse that my brother bred, raised, and trained. Nephew used to ride a horse that Jason bought unhandled and trained himself (until they lost Zippo to a rare inflammation of his intestines). Braden will likely be riding Jesse whenever he rides now. Jesse was trained when I got him, but I know the folks that rode him all his life. He's really broke, just not super well trained (will pack anything but doesn't sidepass, doesn't know his leads, etc). My youngest niece, who will be 3 in July, is going to get to ride Olen, my mini burro that I rode when I was her age. He's now 28 years old and will be a perfect starter mount for her until Jason can get another horse trained that will be suitable for her.
Jason and I both grew up on horses trained by our Dad, at least until we were old enough to train our own...and we always had good horses.
People are just jerks. I have a small issue when I sell horses, I tend to be a bit too honest
. The little paint gelding that I trained and sold a few years ago went through a stage where he would get pissy and go to bucking. He only did it a handful of times in the early stages of his training, but when it came to selling him a few months later, I told the buyer exactly what he'd done...even though it had been months since he'd even acted like he wanted to buck.
I'm sorry that you had such a bad experience, MH. I hope you are able to find a good horse for the kid.