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post #1 of 22 Old 07-16-2010, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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Gracie.....She Did Something Bad.

I went out to ride Gracie, tacked her up like normal. Started to ride and she crow hopped, then bucked me off. I am OK, but I'm worried sick about getting back on. Anyway, we called Ray and Stephanie (previous owners) and told then what happened. The told us the truth about Gracie. They said the were selling her as kid/beginner broke, but in fact she has bucked many times before! They just needed to get rid of her, and we were gullible enough to buy her. My parents have decided it would be best to sell her. We are very upset about this, but my parents want to me get back on a horse. We are going to look agian for an actually beginner broke horse. I can't believe somebody could do this to us. Now I'm in tears because I already have to sell my first horse, but somebody doing this to us! Pulling the wool over our eyes.

I just thought I would let you all know. I am so very sad, I love Gracie, but I can't risk my life trying to ride her again.
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post #2 of 22 Old 07-16-2010, 06:17 PM
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That's scary. I hope you were wearing safety protection.

Ideally I would tell you to get back on her immediately and make her understand that is not something she do, but obviously if she is too much for you, it is in your best health to sell her. It may hurt, but if she continues acting that way and you do not have a beginner friendly horse it will just discourage you from riding and it may stop you completely.

Good luck.
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post #3 of 22 Old 07-16-2010, 06:22 PM
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Im so sorry! HOw long have you had her and how many times have you ridden her ??? I really would insist on not selling her and getting a trainer..

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post #4 of 22 Old 07-16-2010, 06:36 PM
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I went out to ride Gracie, tacked her up like normal. Started to ride and she crow hopped, then bucked me off. I am OK, but I'm worried sick about getting back on. Anyway, we called Ray and Stephanie (previous owners) and told then what happened. The told us the truth about Gracie. They said the were selling her as kid/beginner broke, but in fact she has bucked many times before! They just needed to get rid of her, and we were gullible enough to buy her. My parents have decided it would be best to sell her. We are very upset about this, but my parents want to me get back on a horse. We are going to look agian for an actually beginner broke horse. I can't believe somebody could do this to us. Now I'm in tears because I already have to sell my first horse, but somebody doing this to us! Pulling the wool over our eyes.

I just thought I would let you all know. I am so very sad, I love Gracie, but I can't risk my life trying to ride her again.
I would really recomend that you get lessons after you sell her, I remember in your first thread about getting her you said that her previous owners were going to teach you the basics? But it would really be better for you and your next horse if you got lessons.

Sorry to hear Gracie didn't work out.

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post #5 of 22 Old 07-16-2010, 06:39 PM
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WHOA!! Before you sell her...did you ask the previous owner if they ever had a vet or equine chiropractor check her out? "Sometimes" if a horse is in pain or uncomfortable...they will buck...and yes it could be a problem that she has had for a long time, but what if no one looked deeper to find a cause. I would hate for you to sell a horse that you are so attached to...if it is something that can be fixed. Best of luck.

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post #6 of 22 Old 07-16-2010, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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I have ridden her only a few times. She has a complete vet check done before the purchase.

I tried to get on again, jus tso I wouldn't be scared, and she crow hopped and kick our corral HARD. The first time she bucked I was wearing a helmet.
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post #7 of 22 Old 07-16-2010, 08:56 PM
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Can you get someone a little more experienced that can get on her and see if they can ride it out? Someone just to put a few more rides on her to see if its something that you can work out of? Like someone said, It could be pain..just don't give up yet!! ANd there HAS to be something illegal that they did..because that is NOT right.
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post #8 of 22 Old 07-16-2010, 09:05 PM
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Yes get a good trainer/cowgirl/boy out there someone that can take her hops with no problem and if they can get her going fine than she has just learned that bucking stops the working. If they have problems than it could be a back/saddle etc problem. As your first horse it might be hard to overcome the fear of being bucked off her again even if someone else can work her through it. Lessons on a lesson horse is where I would start and than bring the instructor with you to buy your next horse. It is not easy to overcome your first fall. It is a confident shaker for sure.
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post #9 of 22 Old 07-16-2010, 09:05 PM
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DIdn't you have another thread where you said she was bucking and stuff because of a hoof problem? Or so you thought it was? SO is this new or not?
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post #10 of 22 Old 07-16-2010, 09:25 PM
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While its often best to get a trainer and a chiropractor etc. I'd be hesitant to keep her.

Buckers are dangerous, and even if you fixed the problem that caused it in the first place, she's probably learned as a way to avoid anything she doesn't want to do. If you are beginner (which I assume you are) there isn't much you can do on your own, and even if you get a trainer once a week you'll still be riding a bucker on the other days. If you come of wrong just once your whole life could be ruined. You can't ride in fear of falling off but if you're a beginner (which is the impression I get from your posts) its a big risk to take.

The problem is that if you sell her you'll probably lose a lot of what you paid (if you're honest and you should be honest about things like this). I'd sell her and buy a schoolmaster. Its not just the fact that she bucks - its that its so easy to "lose your nerve" on horses.

I'll tell you my experiece with a bucker. My horse had to be out of work for a few months and someone I vaguely knew through Pony Club offered me theirs. Big 17.2hh ex-racehorse. They told me he was dead quiet, calm etc. I rode him in the arena, did some jumping, rode up a little trail and he was fine, didn't put a foot wrong. Took him to a Pony Club rally day, he was cantering around perfectly and then he just totally flipped out, like he was a different horse, bucked me off and bolted away. I was on crutchers for a few weeks, a month maybe. Later I found out it wasn't the first time he'd done it, the owners daughter needed a knee reconstruction the last time she fell off. I never really got my nerve back after that, I used to ride anything and do anything. If you lose you're nerve as a beginner you might be turned off horses altogether. When you're learning you just want to have fun, you shouldn't be trying to retrain a habitual bucker.

I wouldn't keep the horse for me or my child.
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