As of right now, I'm on hiatus from having a horse. It hurts not having one however trying to find that right one has been horrible. Finding a trainer has been even more difficult. Below is a horse that I called about, probably close to 2 1/2yrs ago when I was looking for a solid, been there, done that, easy confidence builder. I was VERY upfront and told the seller that I had confidence issues. I never, ever make myself sound to be a better rider than I actually am, which I hear a lot of, but am truthful to save everyone time and NOT to be matched with the wrong horse.
When I was told about this horse and the "accident" that happened, something just didnt' feel right so I told the seller that it just didn't sound like a good match, so, driving the 2plus hours to her facilty wasn't going to happen. She was a bit put out, telling me this was an awesome horse, the woman had only owned him a short time, was a total novice and there was no issue to be had with the horse. So, take a peek and tell me: does this sound like a beginner horse to you all?? or am I just being picky??
My horse was owned by a very timid rider. She would rarely lope him, mostly just walk-jog. If he ever lifted his head or tilted an ear in the wrong direction, she would get off put him up. Well, long story short, they had a VERY bad accident together and she was almost killed. She was found unconscious below him with a broken back, several fractured ribs and a collapsed lung. He was still completely tacked up (and still wearing his cribbing strap too, btw). No one knows what truly happened. I have my theory, but they are just a theory. Many people blamed him and told her to give up on him and put him down. I honestly don't believe what happened to them was his fault at all. That being said, in the two and half + years I've owned him, he has become a much more confident horse who looks to me for responses. I'm not saying he won't still have his moments, but he has gone from a Western walk/jog horse ONLY to now one who can do Western, English, Trail, Pattern classes, jump and even dressage. And now we are working on flying lead changes! (We can sometimes get them two handed. We'll get there). And just today I won high point with him at the local show I took him to!
This horse needs something like Perfect Prep Gold to help him with the anxiety that his former owner instilled in him. He just can't do the whole show atmosphere without a little booster. But then 99% of the time he has become a calm, wonderful mount who will never leave me! I love my horse ... can you tell?
Anyway, Perfect Prep is completely legal in all show divisions. It doesn't "drug" them ... more like ADD medicine for horses!