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        12-21-2013, 04:28 PM
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    If you had bothered to read the post in New to Horses, that is pinned, Thinking of buying a horse? Then you would, if you had taken anything in, not have bought this horse.
    The people are dealers, they say so by exchanging horses and what they sell. You can bet your bottom dollar that they had tried the horse or knew its history.

    I know of two ex top bronc horses from the USA that made international show jumpers when they finished with rodeo.
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        12-21-2013, 04:34 PM
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    If she has good ground manners there's no reason she has to be a pet only. You could sell her as a broodmare (giving full disclosure of her problem under saddle) or teach her to drive.
        12-21-2013, 04:50 PM
    I don't think this mare should be used as a broodmare. Horses that are unable to perform the job they were bred to perform due to a potentially dangerous habit or inherited genetic condition should not be allowed to pass those genes on. Just because it has a uterus does not mean is has to have a foal. There needs to be a greater standard than a working reproductive tract for foaling.

    OP I think you need to take this mare to an experienced and trusted person for evaluation. It may be you it may be the mare. I had one trainer tell me my good mare was "going to kill someone and should be sold". We got a second opinion because it did not add up with our experiences with this mare. The second opinion told us that they could not get the mare to misbehave. This "testing" included a trail ride through an area that had been in a forest fire 24 hours before hand, the trainer said trees were still smoking. We come to find out that the first trainer had a drug problem.

    If the second opinion agrees that the mare is not safe to ride than yes put her down and find a new horse. You are doing her a greater service than those before you have done.
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        12-21-2013, 05:09 PM
    Originally Posted by AnalisaParalyzer    
    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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    Because a vet said she was unsound I am in year 12 and this horse would take years to get completely good.
        12-21-2013, 05:10 PM
    Does this horse have good ground manners?

    If a horse is only dangerous under saddle, why put her down? You could always, like you said, keep her as a pet, or you could sell her as companion horse, or you could do something else with her, like liberty work on the ground, teach her to drive, or anything else, that doesn't involve riding.

    A horse shouldn't be put to death for something that can be avoided, like riding... There are MANY other things you can do with this horse to keep her occupied, without killing her, so if she isn't in pain, and isn't dangerous on the ground, there is no reason she should be put down.
        12-21-2013, 05:11 PM
    Originally Posted by Dehda01    
    So the mare was sold to you saying she should never be ridden?
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    No the lady lied .
        12-21-2013, 05:16 PM
    Originally Posted by Celeste    
    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.
    I would never call her a bad horse because I love her, but she nearly killed a professional trainer by flipping on him and slamming herself up into walls.
        12-21-2013, 05:20 PM
    Originally Posted by Corporal    
    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.

    Im never going too ride the horse again, for the moment my dads keeping her because he wants to sue angela the lady who sold her to me knowing the horse was unsound and unridable.
        12-21-2013, 05:36 PM
    I wouldnt regret what I went through because I managed this horse well I was able to stop her bucking, rearing and bolting which is why she turned out allright before having a break. But I have definitely learnt many valuable lessons with this horse and the owners way before me are happy the horse they loved is in good hands. So if I look at the positives im very happy for being alive and not injured. And this horse did improve with me and trust and she still does, previouse owners are happy she wont end up abused again as I said I would have her pts before selling her.
        12-21-2013, 06:06 PM
    There were red flags all over the place. You were aptly warned by this forum.
    You ignored everyone because you knew better. Funny that you went ahead anyways and now want to sue the seller. You bought the horse with total ignorance, this is on you. You had every chance in the world to try this horse out more, or fund out more behind the half dozen gigantic red flags that were waving right in front of your face.

    Good luck deciding what to do with her.

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