I bought my new horse about a month ago from a lady I had sent my other horse to for a month of training. The horse is a 12 year old paint gelding. Bombproof and quiet. Basically pushbutton. Unregistered. He came from Va to Pa to a broker where they bought him and used him as a lesson/trail horse. She had him for about 6/7 months and he was full leased out to a guy who just trail rode him. Then I bought him.
Now, I've been riding since I was 3 but inconsistently. So I feel safer and more comfortable on the "quiter" horses so to speak. Which is why when the opportunity arose for me to buy this horse, I did. He's quiet and basically my 'dream' horse. I've never had a lot of money to dump into horses either and this is the one time I did so I jumped and bought him.
I totally love the horse but of course with my luck things always go wrong. Firstly, I would like to do some WP shows this summer and he's a stubborn loader, not too big of a deal because my mare is too and my trainer showed me how to work on that. Being he was a lesson horse he's gotten away with a lot, too. If he doesn't want to do something he just stops. Ok. So we worked on that too and it's getting better.
The worst issue of all though is that he's petrified of the barn. On the cross ties he gets himself worked up... sweating and diarreah. I've been working on it with him and although its a smidge better its not 100%. The farrier came out and we could barely pull his shoes and trim him because he was so worked up. And not to mention my farrier tried to get him done quick before he freaked so I think he could benefit from a little file now and he just came out two weeks ago. I finally asked the old owner if he did this with her too and she admitted that she thinks he's had a bad experience in there or that he was always tacked up outside cause it took a couple months for him to settle in on the cross ties at her barn too. Ok, great to know cause I was starting to wonder if he was testing me or what. Mind you though that outside on the cross ties he's perfect and stands still and is an angel. But in the barn he's a PITA.
Also, I decided to ride him alone the other day. I started by tacking him up outside which went awesome cause he was a dream on the cross ties out there. Then once tacked up I lunged him and then got on. Great! He even stood still for me to mount which he never does and we've been working on. As soon as we started walking you could tell he was nervous and ancey. We rode In between the paddocks so he had other horses around him. As soon as we rode passed my pasture he was being stubborn cause he wanted to go back but I pushed him passed it. We went and talked to my friend and he refused to stand still. Moving all around, wanting to walk, etc. So we kept walking around the property because I didn't want him to think just cause he was being an ass I was going to get off! So he was snorting at the lower barn with the tractors in it that he usually snorts at when we walk by it. But then he was snorting and trying to spook at a pipe laying near one of the paddocks. Ok. So I pushed him passed it and all was ok. Then as we were riding in between two fields one of the horses bucked next to us cause she was playing and he spooked (not bad) but jumped sideways a bit and looked so nervous. A few minutes later I ended up getting off cause I wanted to end the ride on a good note.
I got off and out him back on the cross ties and after a few minutes he was quiet again! I also walked passed that "scary" pipe on our way back to the paddock and he didn't even bat an eyelash. I asked the old owner about this and she said he's feeding off of my nervous energy. But truthfully I wasn't even nervous until he spooked and I was a tad uneasy but nothing bad. To me it seemed like he may be testing me. And it was also his firsts time out alone since being with me. But, he always went out alone on trails at his old barn even with really green riders.
So now I'm paranoid that he's going to turn into a nut horse who spooks at everything cause that's what has happened to me every time I've ever gotten a horse. I rode him the first few days he was with me and he was great. I was also in the ring, which he hates. For granted though, I haven't been able to work him much because of the weather and my work schedule and I'm sure he was used on trails and lessons almost everyday so he didn't have much energy to spare. Lol
So currently I'm upset because I actually thought I found the perfect horse but after that ride I'm a tad upset! Maybe he needs time to settle but when I bring him to shows does that mean he's going to be a raging nut? I do have a trainer as well but haven't taken any lessons on him as to reasons stated above.
I'm also fully aware that I've gotten there "problem" horse but I know a lot of people that use to ride him or that had ridden him once and I never heard a bad thing about him. One girl told my friend that he was the best horse they had there.
So, what would you make of the situation.? Any tips or insight? Should I try returning him or see if he'll end up settling?
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