how to handle this sticky situation
Okay, here is the story. My good friend has a 7 yr old mare that is beautiful, but dangerous. She has had her to at least 5 different trainers and they all say the same thing: we will not ride her anymore she is dangerous.
What she does, at different times is rear over backwards. (she also bucks and bucks hard at different times) It can be while she is tied to a trailer, she will throw herself over backwards and lay there until someone cuts the leadrope. She will let herself be ridden for hours and behave just fine, then throw herself over backwards while a rider is in the saddle. She will behave herself, ride fine and not have an issue one day, then blow up the next. She has been vet checked, blood drawn, chiropractor checked, just about everything you can think of, there is nothing physically wrong with this mare.
I think she is dangerous and needs to be put down. My friend says"but she is so pretty" , I hate to put her down, will you help me sell her". I told her no, I would not help her and asked how she would explain to folks about her dangerous tendencies. She said" I will say she is known to buck and rear".
I hate this, I like the person, but can't seem to get her to understand how dangerous this is. By the way, she is older than I am and has other horses, and has had horses for years and years.But it just kills me to know this mare WILL end up killing someone, either my friend or another trainer or another person riding her.
Its so darn frustrating, there are many many good horses out there do continue dealing with a dangerous animal. And certainly breeding her is not a good thing, why pass this temperament on to a foal?
Okay, now I feel better, just needed to get it off my chest. I personally think she needs to put her down, I have offered to be there and help, but she keeps thinking she needs to sell her to "recoup" some money she had put into her. AUGHHHHHHHHHHHH