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post #1 of 73 Old 12-21-2013, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
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I found out my horse was an unrideable rodeo horse

five months ago I unkowingly bought a deemed unrideable, unsound, ex rodeo horse advertised as broodmare or riding horse. The seller completely lied to me because she was sold the horse only because, this horse was to never be ridden. This criminal of a woman bought the horse for 300$ and sold her to me for 1200 $. Money isnt the point here though,i rode and trained this horse for 5 months. I never knew the horses history, I will never make this mistake again. I took such good care of the horse teeth done.vaccinated, regulary wormed, feet in good condition, saddle fitted and rode in gentle bit. I got a well known vet to check the horse and do flexion tests no lameness. I got the horse many massages by a myotherapist and got a vet out which discovered the horse may have had ulcers I treated the ulcers. No vet told me the horse may have been unsound. Today a girl whos sister had also loved this horse and bought her as a beginer horse for 3,500$ told me all about the horse. How they had the horse and she was good at the start but randomly started bucking by about a couple of months than it.got worse they got a trainer, and the horse nearly killed the trainer she tried to flip on him and repeatedly tried to throw her body onto the walls the trainer was nearly impailed on a post. The trainer who was a very experienced breaker, worked for months on the horse but she didnt improve. They looked after her really well like I had. When I had jazzy she did the occasional rear or pigroot, she really trusted me and I trusted her. I loved her and than after some months she was really good you could jump her, walk, trot canter and trail ride. But i was on a ticking time bomb after a break she was a rodeo horse when you asked for the canter so I only walked and trotted her two weeks ago she did a massive rear and I thought enough is enough. I blamed myself for when she reared or bucked, I thought it must all be my fault . Fancy my first horse being a rodeo one, the poor horse going from dealer to dealer I will be keeping her at a friends farm she will still get.good care but she will never be sold again, if I really want another horse in future I will put her to sleep if I cant find a forever home as a pet, because imagine this story happening the third time ... Im lucky I never fell of this horse its a miracle.

Im in such shock and disbolief but its completely true the past owners recognised her name, details, and photos and also told me how she got a scar on her eye by slaming herself into the walls when the trainer was riding her. they also told me the name of the lady they sold the horse to as a broodmare and I know the ladies name.
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It sounds like you were able to get through to get fit a little while. Why give up on her if you were able to have a few good riders? You kept improving, took a break and she went off again? Sorry, your vent I'd hard to read. Why not just keep working with her if you made such progress once already
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So the mare was sold to you saying she should never be ridden?
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I'm kind of scared because this kind of sounds like a mare I had a few years ago.... Owner sold her to us, well, my mom, for $1,000. When we worked with her on the ground she was completely fine. Then mom took her to a colt starting clinic to start her, and that's where we found out she was a rodeo horse. I don't know exactly how they found out, but when they put the cinch on her she went into a huge bucking fit and did big huge bad bucks like what a rodeo horse does. Against my will she was sold.. But I tracked her down. All I know though is that she had gone through auction to a lady who I believe used her as a broodmare for a time, then she was sold again.
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A horse has a hard time rearing if you are quick to sense it is coming. A horse needs both hind feet firmly planted, rocks back the lifts it's front end. Before it rears the rider will fee the body widen as the horse bunches it's body. This is when the rear has to be diffused by making the hind end move laterally. Pulling the head around to make a tight circle encourages the horse to move it's butt around. Use your inside leg to encourage this or the smack of a riding crop behind your leg to make it hustle. Don't quit until he's begging to stop. Don't pet him but ask him to walk on as tho nothing happened. You'll have made him very uncomfortable and he's tired. A horse's body/legs are designed for forward movement in a fairly straight line and when asked for tight circles, his legs tire quickly.
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I recently saw a lady violently bucked off of her horse. It is a wonder that she was not killed. She said that she rode the horse a few days before that in a round pen, bareback, with just a halter. Anyway, I drove 1/2 a mile, found the horse, caught her, untacked her, and put her up. The saddle pad was thin and worn. The saddle was ill fitted. The worse thing was that she had a long shanked curb bit that was as thin as a razor. I think that she hurt the horse so badly when it moved forward that the mare just acted on her instinct to try to stop the pain.

Just because a horse has bucked doesn't mean that it is destined to be bad. If you have been riding the horse and enjoying her, it sounds like she is the type of horse that can't be put away in the pasture for months on end without riding, but I doubt that she is a "bad" horse.

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THIS is why purebred dog breeders keep selling sicks puppies to suckers. I am very glad that she has not hurt you, yet. Honestly, I would put this horse down and stop wasting money on her. There are MANY, MANY horses with good minds and good builds that NEED HOMES. Some of them may need retraining to do your sport, or just some retraining to fix FIXABLE problems, like...maybe work on their leads, or getting over some fears like gaining confidence to jump. When I taught lessons with my own horses, I would buy and sell horses that wouldn't turn around quickly, and keep the ones that had willing temperaments and trained in quickly. That is why I have bought ~35 horses in the last 28 years, and only owned 5 horses at any one time.
One hospital stay and possibly a permanent injury and you will have to get rid of her, and you may never ride again. Simple as that.
Take that word "forever home" out of your vocabulary. There is no "forever home" for a dangerous horse, and unfortunately, there a few forever homes for the good mount who has gotten old and DESERVES a good home, but the owner sells them to buy something younger. This dangerous horse is draining your bank account. I guess if you LIKE that, go for it, but I wouldn't.

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I agree with Corporal all the way.

You should have seen the horse ridden at all paces before you bought her and should have made an offer rather than paying the price asked.

Not the woman's fault you paid her more than she paid for the animal. That, my dear is business

In future be aware of 'caveat emptor' Latin for 'buyer beware.'
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Originally Posted by Foxhunter View Post
You should have seen the horse ridden at all paces before you bought her
Exactly as you were told in this thread when you posted about seeing the horse. At first, the seller didn't even want to sell the horse to you because of your inexperience. Those that replied in the thread cautioned you to be careful.

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