Help! Do I need a new horse?

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    11-15-2008, 11:36 PM
Help! Do I need a new horse?

Hi, I'm new here. If someone could help me with my problem I would be so greatful.
I have a 15 year old grade QH, reg. Palomino mare. I've had her almost 3 years and my whole family has grown attached to her, but unfortunately I'm the only one that rides. Beauti was a great beginner horse but now that I want to move on to dressage and show I am having problems:
- she pops her shoulder
- is hard to collect
- terminally one sided
- wont pick up the canter and if she does it is the incorrect lead.
- bit resistance
- her leg aids are a bit rusty

She has never been affectionate (I've learned to deal) but she has a horrible work ethic she doesnt enjoy ring work at all and will get quite stubborn about being caught or going in the arena! I have nerve damage from a riding accident and I'm almost positive I have fibromyalsia. Because of all of this my training has been slowed. I have started taking lessons again but instead of me learning I am constantly trying to get her into the correct form so I can learn! After my lesson my shoulders had golf ball sized lumps and pain down my arms from using a steady outside rein just to keep her straight. Before I got her she was a trail horse all of her life, and though we love her we can't afford another horse. On top of all that she had stifle problems and torn and pulled tendons.

My question is: is it worth it to keep going with her, and keep working on getting her to go straight and yield to the bit, or should I get another horse with less problems?

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    11-15-2008, 11:46 PM
Usually Id say that those are all problems that can be corrected with proper training and so stick it out, but being that you have a prior injury affecting your riding maybe a schoolmaster would suit you.
    11-16-2008, 12:02 AM
Thanks, I have been looking at some horses but I wanted to make sure it wasnt just me wanting another horse!;)
Beauti has alot of sentmental feelings with her. We bought her just before my father went in for a kidney transplant (he picked her out). He made it out but she kind of is a testiment to how long he's had his kidney.
If it wasnt so painful I would probably get over the frustration of trying to get her to move over. As it is, it's the next day and my shoulders still hurt. It's getting to the point were I almost dread to ride her because it takes so much effort/pain to get her to go anywhere.
    11-16-2008, 12:15 AM
Maybe you should send her to the trainer for a tune up. With this current market you may have difficulty selling her so it might be less expensive to get some help from a trainer.
    11-16-2008, 01:07 AM
Thats a good idea, I'll probably do that!

I guess the bigger question is; is it worth it?

She hates arena work and becomes barn sour, hard to catch and just plain difficult after a few days of arena work. Nothing spectacular just walk, trot, and attempted canter.
Under normal cirmcumstances it an annoying but not so difficult thing to fix, but because of my back and shoulders the pulling from her or me leaves me sore for days. Should I send her to the trainer for something that you probably would never notice if you were just doing trails as she would prefer?
Before I got her for nine years or more she only knew trail rides on sundays, that was it. Now she's in the arena riding everyday (when my back permits) and hates it.
I really want to get into classical dressage and she's got stifle problems and when I got her the vet said she had torn and pulled tendons, that she would never be able to jump and would need bute for heavy trails. She even neede tryrids for everyday. She got 6 months off and doesnt need the tryrids anymore but, could training for dressage trigger all that stuff again she still get sore pretty often.

If another horse would help we probably could afford 2 horses and then I could go on the occational trail ride. Right now I can't take her on trails alone.
    11-16-2008, 01:24 AM
I am just afraid you might not be able to sell or even give her away. Has she been alone for three years? That could well be part of the problem. If you can afford an additional horse you might look for one more suited for your plans and who could also trail ride with Beauti. I would hate to think about what would happen to her if you were unable to find a good home for her. Also, you may end up with another problem horse if you only have one horse.
    11-16-2008, 02:21 AM
Oh no we have always boarded with tons of horses. But she doesnt seem to like them, sometimes I think she would prefer to be alone!
The reason I can't trail ride is because I have no one to go with me. My parents wont let me go without them, and going solo is just to dangerous!

I'm probably making her sound worse than she is. I have put people from 2-72 on her without having to worry about spooking or bucking she is totally bombproof (probably because she doesnt care)! Under normal cirmcumstances the bit resistance and the shoulder popping would be easy enought to resolve. And after a good rest her tendons/stifle are much better she will canter when out of the arena and I even got her to pick up the correct lead once!

The things I just told you are what my parent focus on and is why I am here wondering if I need a new horse or if I'm just focusing on the neg. I am pretty sure we can afford another because we just sold our other horse that I wasnt able to ride because she had little to no socialization and spooked at her shadow.

So here is a list; tell me what you think.
-bombproof (only spooked once, we think a bug bit her)
-steady(the same everyday-grumpy:>)
-if your a beginner or non horse savy she takes care of you
-great on trails
-cribber (we finally hot wired the pasture because the collar caused her to welt)
-stifle issues
-tendon problems
-hates arena work
-pops shoulder.(normally not to much of a problem but with my problems causes me some pain.)
-resistant to the bit when asked to do something she doesnt want to I.e-collect, turn, or move in a certein direction.(normally not to much of a problem but with my problems causes me some pain.)
-doesnt canter in the arena
-hard to collect (she seems to know only one speed, a fast jigging trot, making her collect causes bit resistance which causes me pain)
-choppy canter when she finally decides to

Please tell me if it's just me wanting a better horse of if I really have a reason to want one. Keep in mind classical dressage is my chosen discipline and with her problems I highly doubt she would make it.
I really think a horse with a better out look would really help my arms/shoulder/back but it could just be me giving myself and excuse.

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