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post #1 of 8 Old 07-26-2009, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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Bad idea?

So at the beginning of the week I posted about a pony that I've worked with that has developed a problem of rearing. After working with him all week (I was filling in for the head wrangler at a camp) I've decided that mainly his rearing stems from ill-fitting tack (most of the saddles. if not all, were way too wide for him) and basically a lack of respect for his handlers.

I then had the brilliant idea that I could talk to my trainer (the camps real head wrangler) about her buying this pony and working with him myself and getting him to a place where my trainer could lease/sell him to some assertive little girl who "needs" a pony. She does do that sort of thing, where she'll buy or adopt a horse and then do whatever it needs to become a good equine companion then lease it to someone for a year and then sell it to that person if it works out.

My only dilemma is whether or not that'd be fair to Lacey. I mean I'd still be working with her regularly and she is to a place where she needs less work (she does need some work but it's more of a type of work that will just come in time as she settles into her new role in life, yknow?) I have no intention of buying this pony myself even though we have an almost perfect connection. Lacey would still be my girl, I'd just be working with this other horse too.

I don't think this pony will be much of an issue either. He's very smart and he catches on quick. He's the type that you can TOTALLY see a little kid riding around doing pony hunters/dressage on or something. I'd probably try jumping him and if that works out well (cuz who knows what he did in his previous life, he goes on the bit on his own whenever someone is on him, even inexperienced riders, and he randomly whips out cute little leg yields and all sorts of lateral stuff) my trainer could probably actually make money off of him, if she wanted. He just needs more mental stimulation so he's turning into a troublemaker to get that stimulation. His only issue is that he is rather spooky but Lacey was also super spooky at camp (it's really wooded there and I think that scares them) and now she's hardly spooky at all. He's also the type of horse that doesn't need any sort of lungeing or anything before you just hop on, he gets right down to it and he has never ever bucked with me even when he's mad (except when we ran into some bees but that's a different sort of bucking). Can you tell that I think he's pretty much perfect? Haha

Do you think I should go ahead and ask? I'm going to community college this year so I'll be around...

Edit: this kinda stopped being about training...oops. Sorry.

Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding
Hazel - 14 year old Angora goat

Atticus - 4 year old LaMancha/Alpine cross goat

Rest peacefully, Lacey.

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post #2 of 8 Old 07-26-2009, 12:29 AM
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I say go for it

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go for it, I'm sure wyou will be able to find a balance between working two horses and be able to give them both what they need. Let's just hope Lacey isn't the jealous type haha

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Did you end up owning Lacy? I never heard the end of that story!
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I haven't been able to talk to my trainer about Lacey yet. My trainer is pretty busy and it's super hard to actually find her available to talk to face to face and I don't really want to talk about that sort of important stuff over the phone, yknow?
My plan for Lacey is to put off actually owning her for a year and see how I'm doing money wise next year. My petsitting/housesitting/housecleaning "business" is really picking up and I actually have a few clients that I can rely on, a long with various friends who are spreading the word, but I don't think it'd be totally wise of me to jump into ownership without a secure chunk of money somewhere.
But at the same time, if my trainer is willing to help me kinda ease into the money part of owning a horse, that plan may change.

Thanks for asking! =)

Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding
Hazel - 14 year old Angora goat

Atticus - 4 year old LaMancha/Alpine cross goat

Rest peacefully, Lacey.
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I'd say to do it. It'd be better for the horse to get some real one-on-one and to place him with a home that'd be really doing something for him.
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Wow what a responsible decision! Good for you!

I say go for it! Work with the little guy! Just say his pictuers, super cute!
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post #8 of 8 Old 07-27-2009, 11:40 AM
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Thats what I say! What a esponsible way to look at the bigger picture!
Good for you!

I think if the trainer would go along with it ...then Why Not??
You justnever know what might come about!
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