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        11-28-2009, 03:50 AM
      #11
    Yearling
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    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.

    Amen!!!
    And Roro I have anxiety/nerves up in the saddle too. It's something I know -I- have to work on.
    Most riders these days are SO IMPATIENT and blame so much on the horse. It irritates me when you get excuses "Oh well it's something my horse has been doing..." No, it's something you're doing to get that reaction. Too few of people are being honest these days. It's alright to admit you have a problem, and need help... but to blame it solely on the horse is ridiculous.
         
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        11-28-2009, 03:58 AM
      #12
    Yearling
    ^^Didn't read all posts.

    Every horse is perfect for the right owner.
    A big 16hh TB who bucks and bolts wouldn't be perfect for a 4yo little girl, but for a trainer with the time and commitment it very well could be.
    And take for instance my yearling. He is perfect for me and we click. But he just doesn't click as well with my sister.
    There is no perfect horse that will suit everyone. But each and every horse has an owner that would deem it perfect.

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!
         
        11-28-2009, 05:46 AM
      #13
    Foal
    I am so glad to hear there are others out there who don't blame the horse!! My own view is that if you buy a horse you are responsible for its life,therefore, whatever your experience, you learn how to take care of it correctly, learn all of its needs, improve your own skills until you can cope with your "problem" horse. There are not problem horses, unless a human makes the problem. I would say 90% of the problem a person is having with the horse is down to the human. In our throwaway society it is now considered normal to devalue something that isnt exactly what we want it to be, we have got used to instant gratification, and bigger and better, and unfortuneately this has been detrimental to the horse. ( as if they didnt have it bad enough before) I always advise people with a problem with thier horse, not to send it away, get someone to come out to you, and work together, find out what you are doing wrong; to send a horse away is to almost garantee that they will come back with the same problems, once they are in the same environment with the same owner. And my heart bleeds for all of the genuine horses that get passed around from clueless owner to clueless owner, getting more bad treatment and problems as they go. It is so much easier to blame the horse, after all, than to commit to going on a learning experience yourself. I especially hate the fact that so many humans say that horses are stupid, they don't feel pain as we do, they don't have the same emotions that we do--- well, how convenient is that for them???. I especially dislike the self-professed horse lovers, who are in fact self- lovers, and have latched on to this beautiful sensitive intelligent species, to inflate thier own egos and purse. My horses are with me for life, through thick and thin, the same as my children. I will be there for them at the end, I will change my interests to fit in with thier capabilities as they get older. They are family, and that's how it should be.
         
        11-28-2009, 06:01 AM
      #14
    Trained
    This is one of the reasons that when we trail ride and need to loan others some of our mares, we are very picky about who we provide horses to. In the wrong hands, it is very easy to ruin a great horse.
         
        11-28-2009, 07:58 AM
      #15
    Foal
    The only way that it is possible to blame a horse there has to be two stipulations the horse can talk or you teach a horse and the horse does it over and over again and one day doesnt do it and you get hurt and that's still maybe

    I take lessons and I ride a horse every week and from week to week the horse remembered and then it stopped wanting to know so I had to start back from the beginning
         
        11-28-2009, 09:34 AM
      #16
    Green Broke
    Just like dogs. If an owner was more willing to take the time out to figure out what their problem was and not the horses problem more horses would stay in their home.

    I've NEVER gotten rid of a horse because of behavior problems. When I look at other horses I don't look for bomb proof. I kind of like problems. BUT when I get a horse for my husband I want to start out with a horse that isn't so much bomb proof but one that will stop, turn, go easily. I know it sounds horrible but he doesn't want to learn all the fancy stuff he just wants to ride. So I have to find a horse that fits him as much as he fits the horse.

    At least he'll have me to work through any problems should they arise.

    I do agree with you guys. Some people just don't understand what they are doing and think they never do anything wrong. That's a whole nother rant if you ask me.
         
        11-28-2009, 03:49 PM
      #17
    Started
    I always find it interesting when people are not willing to spend the time to just groom a horse, or spend some time with it in its stall. I get to know my horses best because I spend a lot of time just walking him/her around or hanging out in his/her stall or turnout, and I love to just spend time grooming him/her. Everything in my mind can and should be turned into a "training" session. Horses are constantly learning, and one time of letting the horse get wonky in the crossties will amount to days/weeks of retraining the horse to stand still while crosstied. Same with riding, when the horse gets away with something once they will continue to try again and again after that. It has always bugged me when someone blames the horse for a problem it has, or something that it did. Spooky horses for example. If a horse spooks at something, then yes it wasn't something you neccessarily did, but how you handle it determines how the horse continues to react, and how the horse will react next time. If you just stand there and try to keep out of the horses way, then take the horse away from whatever it was that spooked it, and then try to avoid it next time, then the horse won't learn to deal with its fear, and trust that you will keep him safe, so therefore when he does end up coming into contact with it again, he'll throw a fit instead of listening to you.
         

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