Why does everyone want the perfect horse?
My friend & I were talking tonight and we were just wondering WHERE all of the people willing to learn to ride went? Everyone is throwing away horses - soon they'll all be deemed worthless.
In getting rescues every horse I get in is a throw away. There is "SOMETHING" wrong with it in the previous owners eyes. Mind you there is nothing they themselves have done, "its all the horse."
In re-homing some of these rescues 90% of the inquiries I receive ask "Is this horse kid safe? Bomb proof? Dead broke?"
Its a horse! Any horse will rise to the level of its rider or fall thus the saying a horse is only as good as its rider. If there is no such thing as the perfect human why do people expect the perfect horse? I suppose if we find the perfect human to ride a horse.... we'd have the perfect horse.
If a horse bucks, its generally rider error, confusion, a reaction or another explained reason caused by the rider in one way or another. Why can very few people realize this? Why does everyone send a horse off to a trainer and blame the trainer when the horse comes back similar? Is it that hard for people to realize that someone who understands exactly this may very well be able to ride any horse but someone expecting a perfect horse while they themselves sit back like a sack of potatoes... well they get what they asked for. Or forget sit back, perhaps you hold your reins to tight, ride with to much leg, your anxious, or heck you even breathe to quickly.
I have a little mare here, 13 and a half hands tall, she was a first horse for a heavier couple. The husband weighed right around 300 pounds. The mare came to me weighing 675 pounds so a little thin, she came with worms and in need of corrective hoof care. She was standing knee deep in manur with a halter growing into her face when I first saw her. Now that shes up to par health wise when we get on her she bites and kicks expecting someone half her weight and completely un-balanced. While riding this mare bucks, kicks, rears, tosses her head, paws, trots sideways, refuses to go forward, refuses to stop, backs up quickly and will do anything in the book. She has high anxiety and breathes heavily, she is lathered with-in five minutes and I haven't even picked up the reins, touched her sides or asked for any reaction. She can also be a bit temperamental on the ground if say you ask her to move over she may or may not buck directly in your face. The couple called her spooky & stubborn, they chose to get a "bomb proof" older mare.
This is rather extreme, the treatment and care she received. Not to mention the un-reasonable amount of weight she was asked to carry on trail rides. But she has given an equally extreme reaction to exactly how she feels right about now! They cried and said a tearful good bye to there first horse. I spoke with them later to let them know what kind of care she was given and how I felt. They refused to believe this once "bomb proof 4-H horse" (pony) became like this because of them. It just couldn't be.
I'm guess I'm curious why there are so many people out there who will not think "OK what happened to this animal to cause this reaction" OR "OK what did I do?"