10-31-2012, 12:26 PM
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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..