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post #41 of 56 Old 10-31-2012, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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Well... I've decided to sale Lark back to her previous owner.. She pulled an incident over the weekend that not only could have very well hurt us but she also could have hurt others.. I'm just up to my ears in work with this horse and there's no improvement in the barrel pen.. or even at arenas for that matter.. After the accident two weekends ago I rode her a few times before the show last weekend with no problems at home. We load up and haul the hour and a half to the show, unload and go sign in and pay our entree fees. I get back to the trailer and I start brushing Nikki and just spending some time with her.. I'm standing in between both girls and out of NO where Lark starts to pull back which scares Nikki and she starts to pull back. I'm just trying to get out of the way at this point because I'm stuck in a bad position, I grab for Nikki's lead and say whoa, she immediately stops pulling back and stands there breathing hard... Idiot on the other hand snaps the lead rope, lunges forward and hits the trailer, and takes off running.. Yay.. Loose horse in the middle of trailers and other horses.. I have to go get her, bring her back, and find another lead rope to tie her.. Lark now decides to dig a hole to China beside the trailer and I correct her, yell at her, pop her..Nothing was working to make her stop pawing.. That irritated the HELL out of me, I do not tolerate that but I can't stand at the trailer the whole day to watch her. Nikki and I run our first few events no problem, she did awesome for being out for 7 months... Between cones and texas barrels I've gone to get water for Nikki and Lark.. When I get back Lark starts pulling back.. again.. She breaks another lead rope, I have to go catch her..again... I was furious.. Nikki and I run texas barrels and arena race no problem.. Go to saddle Lark for arena, she does fine.. We get to the warm up area and I trot a few circles on her, I ask for a lope and she starts crow hopping, side passing, backing up..Runs me into other horses, into the chute gates, into a wooden fence, and that is just warming up! Not even going into the chute.. it's finally my turn and she BLOWS UP, I mean blows up.. I finally have to be led with a horse on each side and my goal was to just lope the pattern.. Nope.. Lark decides to turn into a train with no brain and she just takes off, won't give to the bit at all, runs to the end of the arena and stops.. I didn't want to blow up in the arena and I let it slide as her just being scared I was going to hurt her.. I go put her up after cooling her off near the warm up area so she wouldn't think that that area was just for barrels.. I run Nikki in cloverleaf, beautiful pattern.. Go get Lark and this time not only does the rear up, run me into everything, not listen to any cues, she runs me into a woman holding a child that couldn't have been a year old.. and we almost knock the woman over.. I am apologizing like crazy and the woman says no, it wasn't my fault.. she was too close to the warm up area anyway.. (We hadn't even gotten to the warm up area).. I get her in again with two horses and she won't even RUN.. She won't even LOPE the pattern.. She completely sulls and will just stand there, I make her do it anyway and when I start to leave the arena she bolts, won't stop, and runs me into the back of the chute and more horses.. I got nothing but dirty looks... SO.. fun day.. Lark almost kills me, runs over horses and people, breaks two lead ropes and her bronc halter... I am just done.. I can't afford to feed three horses and have one of them doing the things she's start to do recently. I also just don't have the time to put into Lark that she needs.. I've talked to my dad (My horses are at his house) and he has basically said that he's not going to let me keep a horse that's acting the way Lark has been.. So, I'm just stuck.. I know that I have two good horses with Nikki and Hickory so I just think that it's best for Lark to go to someone who can work with her and can give her the time she needs.. Hard decision but it seems to be for the best..
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post #42 of 56 Old 10-31-2012, 12:46 PM
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Wow. Has she been checked out by a vet? Kind of sounds like something's changed or happened and doing things that are 'normal' and usually not a big deal are hurting her. Keep us updated. I'm sorry this is happening!
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post #43 of 56 Old 10-31-2012, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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Yep.. Vet checked, ferriar as needs..Nothing is new, this is how she was before I got her and worked with her for a year, most of the things I've been doing have just been at home or going to an arena to practice.. As soon as we get to the show setting she started doing her crazy things again.. She's done this type of thing at every show I've taken her to, I'd just hoped that with time and work that she'd get over it. At home she's awesome but even just standing at a trailer she pulls back and breaks lead ropes.. She doesn't pull back at home..ever..

I'm just at a loss and think it's best for both of us if she finds a home that can give her the time she needs and the work she needs. With everything I have going on I was already having a time keeping my horses in shape and especially when Nikki is my main horse and I spend the most time with her. It also doesn't help to be a broke college student with three horses.. and coming into winter, buying extra hay, show season just starting up, and extra bills coming it.. It just adds up and I don't plan on ever selling Nikki or Hickory.
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post #44 of 56 Old 10-31-2012, 08:12 PM
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Sorry you have had to face this with Lark, I had to shake my head in dismay at the replay's you wrote of what happened on each event.. I can't even believe it (Not saying you are lying because you ARE NOT) it's just so baffling.. Good job with Nikki at the show, atleast you got something good out of it!
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post #45 of 56 Old 11-09-2012, 05:21 PM
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For one im really sorry about what happened both times and im glad your ok! Are you sure you want to see her back to her old owners? They sounded like they weren't the best...Are you still set on selling her? I just saw it in your other thread and I had to read lol and ask :)
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post #46 of 56 Old 11-09-2012, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not set on selling her yet.. I can't make my mind up but it's unfair for her to just sit around in my pasture without a job. Her previous owner isn't the bad guy, she's a woman and she's the one who bought Lark from the "bad guy", she just couldn't handle Lark after all she'd been through. I put a lot of work into her in the past year and she's a fantastic trail horse just not a fan of barrels anymore at a "show". She'll run beautiful patterns other wise.. So.. Who knows? Seasons out right now and I'm moving home soon.. We'll see what happens.

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post #47 of 56 Old 11-09-2012, 06:23 PM
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Sounds to me like she can no longer handle the stress and speed work anymore. I would just stop doing arena work with her and stress the calm and easy stuff like trail riding that she seems more capable of. I have a friend who was doing dressage on a fairly high level and had done very well. At one show her horse got halfway through the dressage test and suddenly just totally lost it. He was a seasoned horse that up til this point had hardly ever taken a misstep. He was never mentally able to do competitions again. He became the barn pet and lived out the rest of his life with gentle rides about the farm. He was quite a character and had a wonderful personality as long as he was not in an arena.
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post #48 of 56 Old 11-09-2012, 06:46 PM
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Ohh so the lady she would be going back to isn't the "bad" guy lol. Maybe that's it she just is meant to be a trail horse. Maybe with the work you have put on her the other girl will beable to handle her better whos knows?
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post #49 of 56 Old 11-09-2012, 08:29 PM
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Wow. Some scarey stuff right there. Glad you are on the mend, but please do pay attention to any latent symptoms. For Lark too -- something may yet show up.

As for Lark and the whys of it -- you may never know. It may never happen again. OR it may be something similar along to what you said about the horse thinking of past abuse and being just DETERMINED to get away from it. I would be very careful about pushing her. OTH, it seems that you have successfully raced her, so maybe it had something to do with being pushed out in the field??? I dunno really -- just reaching for ideas.
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post #50 of 56 Old 11-09-2012, 08:38 PM
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I'm really sorry it had to come to this though. However, I think it's for the best that she go somewhere else. I think the idea of her being a barrel horse is just down the drain at this point unless someone wants to spend every weekend with a bungee and take her to a show. I don't know.

I hope things smooth out for you though. With Nikki and Hickory you still have two awesome horses.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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