I know as trainers, we come across this a lot, but it never gets any less frustrating.
I have a friend whom I've been working for since she moved down to fl. She bought a pair of unbroke mustangs, and wanted to break them and bronc them out herself. She's never had a formal lesson, hadn't ridden in two years, and these are her first horses. Once a week, I'd come out and give her a lesson on starting her 8 year old mare THE RIGHT WAY. She would try these things while I was there, complain the whole time its not working, then do it "her way" when I wasn't there. What she got is a horse that did what it was asked when it felt like it, and got away with hell and cookies. She got the horse "hand broke" (I don't call pawing on the lead or running over the crossties, or ME for that matter any kind of "broke")and continued to saddle break her which went well. She asked me to bronc her out (after breakig her tailbone trying) which I did. I put three rides on this mare, and she would have made a nice gaming pony. But she can't be lunged, since my friend gave up when the horse tried to escape the roundpen. She can't be worned, as she took 2 inches of flesh out of my friends arm last time. She can't work with a farrier (I do barefoot trimming and tried working on her and got a hoof to the thigh attempting to just snip off hangerson.) And she can't be bathed. The hose is surely going to eat her. What's worse, shortly after I put those rides on her, this girl moved her to a SIX ACRE pasture. Its been four months since the girl could touch the horse. Every time I make time to work with her, she cancels. The horse won't even come to her for food, lashes out when she tries to halter her, and will stir the other horses into a frenzy when you push her.
What's even worse than that, she now trying to sell the horse! She says she has two weeks to sell this mare before it becomes my problem. And she's my friend, but I don't want my name anywhere near this horse for what she's advertising. She's advertising a horse who stands tied for groomin, bathing etc, who can long line, be saddled, and who's been broke walk/trot. She's advertising a sweet horse that needs a consistent soft hand. On top of this, wth the way the market is down here, she'll never get what she's asking. I want to look for someone who will love the horse for what she is and make her into something. Not for a lawsuit for selling a dangerous animal. I'm just stuck. I've told my friend the honest truth, but she doesn't want to hear it. I'm at a loss as to what to do for this owner, but I don't want this horse on my hands!!
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