Originally Posted by mypets
I recently gave away a young mare that I spent quite a lot of money for. I rode her several times after I got her, she seemed fine. Then she started bucking and threw me off and I got hurt pretty bad. I realized I was too afraid of getting hurt again to ever get back on her. My vet knew of someone who was a good fit for her and I gave her to them with no strings attached. According to my vet she's doing well with them. Since I have no control over what happens to her after giving her away this was the best I could hope for. She wasn't unrideable, I just couldn't get back on her and she needed a stronger rider. This mare was well broken and I still had a hard time finding someone to take her. I also disclosed everything I knew about her to the people who took her-and I mean EVERYTHING!! Including her history of bucking. Let me also add that I turned down offers from people that I knew were not going to be able to handle her (several green riders, first time owners with little experience and not working with a trainer, and people looking for a kid-safe horse.) Unlike the woman I bought her from (who lied right to my face and claimed she was safe for kids and beginners), I refused to lie about this horse and what she would do. If I could not find a suitable home for her, I would have kept her as a companion for my other horse. I gave her up because to keep her would have meant she wouldn't ever get ridden and she was too nice of a horse to not have a job in life.
It amazed me when I went looking for a horse for my niece, how many people put kid safe, babysitter blah blah I went to try out this mare and I asked the guy on the phone "I'm not being insulting but is this mare everything you say in the ad, I'm driving 2 hours to see her" oh yeah she is blah blah we got there and he had me ride her in a barn and I was like hmmm seems weird so we went in the paddock area and my niece wanted to get on her, so with a lead rope she did and while she didn't do anything stupid, it was the guy who suggested the lead rope, I was like ok lets go she isn't for her. I think if you give the situation time you can find good homes for horses that aren't a good fit.