Horses that care more about acting out than about their own safety. Rearing I can handle but a horse that consistently flips over? No. Backing up I can deal with. Backing up into hotwire or down an embankment? No. I will pretty much deal with any sort of naughty behavior up until the point that the horse is willing to hurt itself to get its way. Posted via Mobile Device
The only thing that I WON'T handle is a horse that shuts down and gets dangerous. (Flipping over when rearing, blindly bolting and going through fences, etc.) For the most part, if they throw something at me, I will try to fix it. It's just when they shut their mind down and start reacting that I won't handle it. I refuse to put myself in that level of danger. Obviously, just being around a horse is dangerous, but one that is shutting down...
Pretty much when a horse reacts without thinking about the situation, therefore putting himself and others in danger. My gelding sometimes pulls back when tied...one time, he broke his halter and tore down the driveway. Scared the crap out of me and him. I changed my riding plans that day to teaching him to give to halter pressure. I try to fix it as soon as it happens.
Yeah, what others have said. When a horse abandons all self-preservation.
Ditto. That's my number one.
I have yet to learn to stay on a bucking horse, so I don't go out of my way to ride known buckers. I'd much rather deal with kicking out or rearing, that doesn't bother me. I hate the feeling of a backed off horse, that scares me a little more than it used to in the past because now I know what it can lead up to. I also don't like a horse that bolts for any reason, especially when combined with spinning and inverting their head. I'll pass, thank you.
I used to that girl that rode anything and everything. My sister once said about her mare (who ultimately bucked me off, landed me on a metal fence and winded the crap out of me) "Get Steff to ride her, she'll jump on anything!"
Well, many years later of being bucked off, ribs broken, reared up and flipped over on, drug by a leg... There's only so much I will deal with, partly because I already have arthritis in my back due to all these horsey games.
I'll work with any horse once. Usually there's an issue to why they are behaving the way they are. However, I have met a few horses (one bucker, one rearer, one that was just plain crazy) that I truly believe were unfixable. I spent three months working with one gelding that just couldn't get his head straight, and all I got out of it was bruises and broken rib.
Horses have brains, ergo I believe they can have mental issues like people. Those horses, and the trick is identifying them before someone gets killed, are the ones that I will ship.
There are way too many good horses out there to waste time on a dangerous one.
I will not tolerate a horse that flies backwards or bolts (for a completely unknown reason). I'm known as the girl who will hop on anything western and get it fixed. I haven't come off a buck, rear, bolt, spazz-attack-spin, etc.
ST decided she's going to do the flying backwards, and if I'm not taking her on the trail, I will be carrying my crop with me from now on. I didn't have anything with me at the last show when she went backwards towards a group of people and kids and all I could do was jab her with my spurs and holler to watch out..worst moment I've ever had on a horse. At that point, I wouldn't have cared if I cut her sides a little with my spurs, I'll be damned if a horse I'm on hurts someone around. She's fine at home (not buddy sour in the least), but as soon as we get to a show and she's suppose to be somewhere away from her buddies, she'll have a fit that includes backing up and spinning..uneccesary and intolerable.
I also have no qualms about hauling on her face if she EVER bolts again unless there's a cougar, bear, or swarm of bees behind us. It's dangerous and uncalled for. If she spooks and lunges forward, there isn't an issue..but it isn't acceptable at any measure when I'm in the arena during a show. She almost ran into another horse in pleasure and it took all my strength to turn her over just the slightest so we wouldn't hit her, and then hauling on her face to get her to stop. It boggles my mind that she was the perfect angel in barrels, perfect halfway through pleasure, spazzed and bolted, and then returned to the perfect angel after I got her stopped..No idea what caused it, and she'd better hope it doesn't happen again for her sake or we'll be running circles upon circles until she's begging to stop and rest. Wanna run? We'll stop, we'll back, I'll cue to run, and we won't stop until I've had enough. Posted via Mobile Device