Oh my god. These horses are insane. Dad wanted help leading them back to the barn so im like "ok". From observation I deduced that one is a fair bit calmer than the other, so I asked to take that one. Calm is about the overstatement of the century. First off, I go to pat her shoulder and she FLIES backwards and almost wheels and bolts but I stopped her. I can't even PET her without her totally flipping! I guess she's the dominant horse so she always has to go first wherever you lead them or the other one refuses to go, which is really irritating. Anyways, theres me leading her-the top of my head doesnt even reach her friggin withers, and she's all looky and threatening to spook, which I ignored..mostly to avoid freaking myself out. Then I take her in the gate but she just stands there as dads bringing the second one in. So I just give her a gentle tap on the rump with the rope, expecting her to just amble off or step out of the way like a normal horse would, but she FREAKS OUT and takes off at a gallop out of the barn and the second horse drags dad a few feet after the first before he gets her under control, and even then she's prancing and hopping and about to explode... I mean, theyve been here almost a week-surely theyre not still just new and scared of new surroundings?
I am going to be perfectly honest here: they scare me. Theyre afraid of everything, and theyre going to hurt dad. They freak out and race away as I ride my bike past their paddock, and at trucks driving down the lane, and pretty much everything else they see, including people.
Once again this behaviour begs the question: WHY were they sold? They come from the Kitchener sales ring, which, IMO, is one of the worst places to get a horse. I mean, sure you can get lucky, but that's the sort of place where horses that are old and broken down or else lunatics go, and if theyre not bought the meat buyers get them. Its especially not the place to gamble on a horse if you don't know how to handle them. So yes, why were they sold? Theyre only 10, theyre in good shape and it looks like theyre well bred, so WHY did they go to the meat ring? If someone honestly wanted to sell good horses and get a good price for them he'd sell them at Carsons, which is a place with a much better reputation. One had a big gouge down her side when she came here...who knows what happened to them before. All I know is if that horse had decided to throw a fit I wouldve been helpless. These horses are MASSIVE. Dad is a raging fool for buying these. Even the other team in the peak of their out of controlness were easier to handle than this, and they CERTAINLY werent like that when they first came here.
...I really wish dad hadnt bought these guys :( I really do.