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        04-25-2012, 09:08 AM
      #51
    Green Broke
    I've not read anymore than the first page but I have to say it is a feeling I know all too well.

    In the past I have been paid to find 3 horses for a disabled rider (over the course of about 6 years mind, not all at once).
    The amount of people who have tried to sell me something totaly unsuitable is incredible. Including one pony described as slightly green that actualy scared me senseless (and I'm a very experianced rider) I actualy turned her into a wall to get her to stop and she tried to jump it!!
         
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        04-25-2012, 09:13 AM
      #52
    Showing
    Yikes Faye! Some people, well, just some people, we'll leave it at that.
         
        04-25-2012, 09:30 AM
      #53
    Green Broke
    MHF it takes a hell of a lot to scare me, my current pony is a project of the highest order and has repeatedly drilled me into the ground but he has never scared me.
    I've ridden youngstock, rescue horses and projects but none have scaared me so much as that young mare did.

    I made it clear to all buyers that I was buying for a disabled lady, aiming at para nationals but who had SERIOUS core stability issues and a wandering left leg.
    I've seen horses that, whipped round, that bucked if my leg went even slightly backwards, that paniced if I touched it with a stick (lady rides with sticks at a replacement for her legs and I informed them of this). I've had one lady drug a horse (got to the vetting and something just wasnt right so I asked the vet to do bloods, it was doped to the eyeballs as it had navicular) I've had some very nasty characters trying to sell me a whizzy excitable, fizz ball of a horse with no brakes as suitable for a novice.

    We were willing to concider just about any horse over 15hh, didnt mind if it needed schooling provided it had the temprement and ability. First horse I found her was a 12yr old ISH been there done that and an incredible horse who fulfilled her dreams and took her to the next level (Qualified for international competition when he unfortunatly had to be PTS). Then I found her a 7yr old ex race horse who was so laid back you could sit on her when she was lieing down in the field and pull her mane, unfortunatly the mare coliced repeatedly and had to be PTS after 18months. Finaly her newest horse is a 6yrold fairly green young horse who had an amazing attitude to life and has not been phased at all by anything thrown at him.
         
        04-25-2012, 09:41 AM
      #54
    Showing
    Not yikes to you riding (I know you are capable), yikes to the idiot trying to sell that pony for the rider it was intended for.

    I'm much the same, it takes a lot to scare/intimidate me as far as horses go, been starting colts for almost 20 years. (my really only no-go is chronic rearers as I have lost one friend that had one go over and another friend who can't have children from the same).

    I just don't understand what kind of thought process these people go through when trying to unload unsuitable horses on children or beginners with no consideration for damages they could potentially cause.
         
        04-25-2012, 09:57 AM
      #55
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
    Not yikes to you riding (I know you are capable), yikes to the idiot trying to sell that pony for the rider it was intended for.

    I'm much the same, it takes a lot to scare/intimidate me as far as horses go, been starting colts for almost 20 years. (my really only no-go is chronic rearers as I have lost one friend that had one go over and another friend who can't have children from the same).

    I just don't understand what kind of thought process these people go through when trying to unload unsuitable horses on children or beginners with no consideration for damages they could potentially cause.
    It's the "me, me, me" mentality of I want to have the horse gone, I want the money and I don't care what happens after that - not MY problem. I understand it, I just don't like it. As with anything else to do with right and wrong, those who think on the "right" side of the issue can't imagine why/how you are okay with being on the "wrong"
         
        04-25-2012, 09:58 AM
      #56
    Showing
    Good point Mac. I'm not that way so it's hard for me to stomach folks who are.
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        04-26-2012, 12:24 AM
      #57
    Trained
    They are hoping to unload the horse off on anyone, they are hoping you might be that "anyone".
         

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