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        04-14-2013, 10:11 PM
      #7921
    Yearling
    Nickermaker- as Celeste said, that is wierd. My guess is that either she never really wanted to sell the horse or that she promised the horse to someone else. Her excuse for not selling to you because you are 'pulled in so many directions of learning' is utter horse crap. A genuine horseperson who is selling a horse is looking for a safe and caring home. Part of being safe and caring means always being willing to learn new things to do the best you can for your horse.

    Go to he clinic if you can and learn all you can there. The more things you can experience, the closer you will get to being a confident and skilled horsewoman who can see how ridiculous people like this seller are.

    Be patient and selective. The right horse for you is out there and you will find it.
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        04-14-2013, 10:18 PM
      #7922
    Yearling
    Nicker- I'm sorry that happened I bet you are so bummed, but as others have pointed out, she came up with a lame excuse that most likely has nothing to do with you.
         
        04-14-2013, 10:27 PM
      #7923
    Yearling
    Good day today. It was cool, but sunny and the huge dump of snow forcasted turned out to be only a few centimetres. My daughter and I hauled in to the stable where she works to ride. Both Sally and Koolio were awesome, both trailering and riding. When we got home, we worked Himmy ( AKA Cheeky Pony) in the yard and I took my old man Sam for a trail ride in the field across the road. Although the snow was melted down to the stubble in some areas, there were still patches with about 16" of wet snow that meant some tough slogging for Sam. He was a champ about it and seemed to enjoy stretching his old man legs.

    Spring must be coming as grooming three grey horses left us with enough hair to stuff quite a large mattress. Even my daughters bay with her fine thin coat produced quite a lot of hair.

    My friend has been looking for her first horse for about a month now. It has been frustrating as many people's ideas of what a well broke and beginner safe horse is, are quite different from mine and hers. There are lots of horses for sale, just not that many with some good saddle miles. Fortunately, on Saturday, we looked at a lovely nicely trained 6 year old quarter horse mare who just may be the one. My friend is going to ride her once more tomorrow evening with her lesson instructor / barn owner and then decide. I will go along to give my 2 cents worth as well. Few things are more fun than helping to spend someone else's money on a great horse.
         
        04-15-2013, 03:04 AM
      #7924
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    Originally Posted by NickerMaker71    
    Ok, just heard back, and she understands my explanation....but can't sell me the horse knowing I will be "pulled in many directions of learning" and possibly undo what she has done for this horse.....

    What can I say, but OK...but feel bad that she doesn't trust that I would do as she asks.....or recommends...

    She says she will continue to look for a horse for me, which is nice, but what a devastating blow.......being turned down.....wow!

    I know everything happens for a reason, but it hurts.....
    What has she done for the horse. My first reaction was what was wrong with the horse when she got it.

    Second, did you offer or ask if you could spend some time with her learning what she has done and how.

    I do wonder if natural horsemanship training would unravel any training the horse has recieved as my limited experience with it is it is patience and repitition and gaining the horses confidence in its owner to allow itself to be lead. Why would someone have an issue with that form of training, or is she concerned it will show up some problem.

    Your looking for a horse for trail riding, a horse with a stable attitude, willing, not mareish, confident and will listen to its rider can be conditioned and taught to walk the trails with confidence.

    I have two, Stella is a good horse she responds to voice as well as the reins, knows how to go down hill by walking in a snake patern without being asked, will fall in behind other horses but and it is a big but, she has issues. She is herd bound and is also mareish but she can also be left turned out for 4-5 months then brought in saddled and ridden. A good horse to trek with, however, Bugs my boy has no training he has the right attitude he can be calmed down very quickly, he is willing, and will in the end be a better trekking horse than Stella. All he needs is milage and training to respond to voice as well as reins and to be obedient. I guess what I am trying to say is trail horses are not borne they are made. If the horse as the right attitude and build the rest is experience, just the same as us. My friends are often on me to get Bugs out and about to add to his experience.
    Horses who in their right mind would ever have one, or two, we must be mad.
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        04-15-2013, 03:16 AM
      #7925
    Banned
    I am joining back in with the old farts.

    Yesterday I moved my neck at a normal speed, normal direction and pulled a muscle in it. Today, I can't move my neck, can't carry any weight - and it hurts like a mofo.

    Yesterday it was funny because it's so pathetic, today it's not funny at all. Every bump in the road is pure pain, walking is pain, sitting is pain.

    Stupid, stupid, stupid.
         
        04-15-2013, 03:29 AM
      #7926
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    I am joining back in with the old farts.

    Yesterday I moved my neck at a normal speed, normal direction and pulled a muscle in it. Today, I can't move my neck, can't carry any weight - and it hurts like a mofo.

    Yesterday it was funny because it's so pathetic, today it's not funny at all. Every bump in the road is pure pain, walking is pain, sitting is pain.

    Stupid, stupid, stupid.
    Enough of the old if you don't mind.

    Now hurting your neck just by doing what is normal. You may be closer to our age than you think. Welcome.
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        04-15-2013, 03:30 AM
      #7927
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    Insert many curse words here.
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        04-15-2013, 06:40 AM
      #7928
    Yearling
    Still heartbroken

    Gosh, I didn't sleep at all last night....raveling and unraveling everything in my head...trying to figure out what just happened here that I got this mare ripped out from under me....that's the worst isn't it....being blindsided...send you in a terrible tail spin.

    I reread the original email I sent, thinking I was rude or something, and by no means...it clearly stated I would use either horse.....wondering if natural horsemanship is for people who show, and trail riding people don't get into that.....you know what I mean, you have gamers, pleasure people...yadayada...all have different perspectives. I showed, but my horse would prefer to be in the woods....I loved both...anyway, I feel now I completely,offended her...all though she is looking for another for me.....gosh, just never saw this coming.....gotta go,to work, maybe the kiddos will take my mind off this....good day!!!!
         
        04-15-2013, 06:55 AM
      #7929
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by AlexS    
    I am joining back in with the old farts.

    Yesterday I moved my neck at a normal speed, normal direction and pulled a muscle in it. Today, I can't move my neck, can't carry any weight - and it hurts like a mofo.

    Yesterday it was funny because it's so pathetic, today it's not funny at all. Every bump in the road is pure pain, walking is pain, sitting is pain.

    Stupid, stupid, stupid.
    Run by the ER and get a muscle relaxer shot. I've slept wrong before and had the muscles in my neck lock up to the point of "Herman Munster" syndrome. Had to roll over to side of the bed and allow my legs to pivot down the side of the bed just to get off the bed without too much pain.

    Got the shot and within 30 minutes I had full mobility again.
         
        04-15-2013, 07:05 AM
      #7930
    Green Broke
    WithGrace,

    I'm glad you had such a great time loading, traveling and winning this weekend. You two look really good together in that pic.


    Stan,
    Its good to see wet horses at your place even if it seems like a light misting effect. Hope there is more coming for you before it there is too much damage.

    How often do you get to take Bugs out to put miles under his belt? I had the same type of issue with the mares I used to have for riding, but so much more enjoy riding the geldings I have now.



    NM71,

    I'm sorry you lost out on this horse, but don't let it stop you from accepting the horse that come up and proves to be right for your needs.
    I have been through a similar situation and was about to pass on another horse because I still had a bad taste in my mouth from the previous experience. Luckily I had a friend who heard I had passed on getting this horse and called me chewing me a new one. I decided to go back and give a second look and was then able to see this horse was almost perfect for what I wanted to do. After 6 months he fit the bill to a T.
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