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post #11 of 15 Old 01-16-2012, 08:45 PM
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he and his partner like to pin back their ears and act threatening. One of them even nips!
The best kids horse I work with doing trail rides is like that - pins his ears when you're right outside his stall, in his stall, or near his face. He's an angel with a kid or beginner on his back though. We deal with his issues because of how good he is with guests.

Keep us updated on the decision about her :)
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post #12 of 15 Old 01-16-2012, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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I will! That's very intersting about the horse you have who pins his ears but is great with riders. I have much to learn!
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post #13 of 15 Old 01-16-2012, 08:51 PM
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That's part of the reason I thought this horse might be worth the time and effort it would take to break her the rest of the way. It seems that when they get horses who are older and broken down, they have to put them down that much sooner. I mean, on their website there is a page that says, "Meet our horses." Three of the six that are listed are no longer there anymore! (Updating their website is on my list of things I want to get involved in.) I thought it would be great to get a younger, healthy horse and build her into what she could be and make her into the perfect horse for therapy.

Someone (or several people) asked how soon she'd need to be used as a therapy horse. I mean, technically, we could work with her all year and not use her in the arena until next year! But that's my "anything is possible" take on the issue. ;)

I hope that the other lady who is now going to review the ad will be interested enough to want to at least go and assess her. I mean, if she can't be safely groomed or walked on a lead, then she might be too green for our facility. But I'd hate to miss-out on such a gorgeous mare with potential, who obviously needs to "get a life."

I don't know of any horse-assisted training places around here, but I could look. I mainly wanted her for myself. (Greedy woman that I am.) :)

I try not to put much on age, since I love the adorable five year old we use. :) But you're right. Too old and they generally don't have the lifespan for this line of work.

Keep us updated. She might be worth looking at. I just chimed in to throw in my two cents about the criteria used to determine a hippotherapy horse, since I've been hands-on in a lot of those matters.

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That's part of the reason I thought this horse might be worth the time and effort it would take to break her the rest of the way. It seems that when they get horses who are older and broken down, they have to put them down that much sooner. I mean, on their website there is a page that says, "Meet our horses." Three of the six that are listed are no longer there anymore! (Updating their website is on my list of things I want to get involved in.) I thought it would be great to get a younger, healthy horse and build her into what she could be and make her into the perfect horse for therapy.
Yeah I have encountered that a bit at the theraputic riding program I volunteer at (and the one I used to volunteer for). Some people seem to think it is somehow therapy for the horses, so they try to pawn off their unsound horses on theraputic programs.

At the program I volunteer for, we have a six or seven year old horse, who has been there since he was two (he was supposed to be four, the people who sold him lied about that).

Really what is more important than age or experience, is having the right mind for the work. A 20+ year old horse could be terrible for the work if he/she doesn't have the right mind for it. While a younger horse might be perfect for it.
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post #15 of 15 Old 01-17-2012, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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Yep! You're both right. You just never know until you assess an animal yourself. I hope to go and see her this week, even if the therapy place isn't interested. Don't know what I'd do if I really was drawn to her, but I might be able to persuade someone with more experience to go and see her for themselves.

It's really late so I should be sleeping. TTYT!

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