Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Brandon, Manitoba Canada
I have a appy gelding who is going to be 10 this May, I've had him since he was 6 weeks old (his Mom was here for awhile too). When he turned 3yr. I sent him to a trainer north of us. I drove up there with my friend to drop him off (I heard good things about this trainer, only to find out they weren't), anyways.......we had to go around a small lake on the road to get to the place, I stayed with Chips for about an hour, the guy threw him out with a herd of about 20 other 2 and 3yr. olds. Chips had never been in a big herd and wasn't an aggressive horse. When I went to leave he ran along the fence line following my truck/trailer whinnying at me but he could only go as far as the lake....I remember looking in the mirror and seeing him standing there staring at me drive off....I told myself to be brave, it's like taking a kid to their first day of school. A week later, the guy phoned me and told me to come pick Chips up that he was going to kill himself! He walked right into the lake that day and kept walking towards the other side where he last saw me driving away, he got into the middle and kept going under, the guy had to go out into the water and hollar at him, he finally was able to turn around and went back. When I got there, Chips eyes looked empty, he stood with his head hanging on the ground, there were bites all over him from the other horses and around his ankles were rope burns where the guy hobbled him because he kept opening the gate and coming out into the yard :( I didn't say a word to the guy (never did pay him either), said "come on Chips, we're going home".......it took him a while to get back to his old self.....I ended up just training him myself, I was worried I would wreck him but he's turned out to be a great boy!!
My horses are the joy in my life.....