Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
The ones I have a hard time are the ones that even when EVERYONE is telling them that their horse is WAY too much for them to handle, they think that the horse is perfect. Case in point...the mare that bucked me. Her owner has almost no horse experience (said she owned a couple of horses, but it was ten years ago, but I seriously don't think she did anything more than show up, get on after someone else saddled them, and rode them around the property...and she admits they were old, dead-broke geldings), but she bought a 7yo cross breed mare from a rescue in Phoenix. She was told the mare was "rope shy," but that she was broke and had tons of rides on her. Our trainer tossed the rope all over that mare and she never flinched. Yet when I climbed in the saddle, I didn't even get a chance to plant my butt in the seat before she completely rodeo bucked me off and then came after me, ears pinned and murder in her eyes, while I was on the ground. Not five minutes after I came off that horse, she was asking our BO when he thought her sickly 11yo daughter could ride the horse. His answer? Basically, the far side of never. Now she's going to pay the BO to retrain the mare so she can ride her, but I think she's in for an immense surprise when it comes to exactly how much work it's going to take to get that horse rideable...and even then I highly doubt she'd be suitable for a novice rider like the owner.
Do not tell me I can't...because I will show
you that I can.