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        11-06-2009, 08:34 PM
      #11
    Showing
    Spirit, it is not that it cannot be fixed. Many people don't want to or do not have the resources to spend money on a horse with issues that may take weeks or months to resolve before they can be comfortable riding them. If I was not prepared to handle the issues myself, I would discount him immediately because not only would I have to spend the money to buy the horse, but send him to a trainer or have a trainer work with him and me to resolve the issues.

    Frankly, if the OP is a beginning rider (which I am assuming she is), then she has no business taking a horse that is less than saddle ready and easily manageable. No offense intended to coffeemama, of course.
         
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        11-06-2009, 08:44 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    I say ditch the horse and look for something else.There are plenty of nice "broke" horses out there needing homes.Doesn't sound like your looking for a project horse... Good luck with whatever you choose.
         
        11-07-2009, 01:16 AM
      #13
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    I sure wouldn't buy him cause that could be from a myriad of problems. He could be sore somewhere and it is uncomfortable for him to move, or spurs and crops have been overused and he has become sour from them. If they encourage everyone to ride him with spurs or crop, 99% of people don't know how to use them properly. I am willing to be that instead of using these tools as refined cues, they were using them as standard cues and many people are just too darn harsh with whatever cues they use. There may be a nice horse in there somewhere but it would take a lot of work to get him there.
    Yes I started out with no crop and no spurs and then added them after he had no response. I figured the worst would be that he just would continue walking slowly and not move forward. I didn't not expect the head lowering and ear pinning against the neck. I didn't have the opportunity to use my crop or spurs much because as soon as he got in this stance I ended it with a big NO THANKS to my trainer who agreed then I just got off him and that was the end of it. The owner ended up sending him to be a trail horse. He seems better off at that pace. We both agreed that he must have a past that conditioned him to this behaviour and he must also be in pain somewhere plus he doesn't use his front end well for hunters. I am still somewhat of a beginner I think so I want something that suits my level of riding and don't want to use up all of my energy trying to make the horse move forward from a very slow walk. He seemed unhappy taking orders. You all have great advice thank you. I just want more from a first horse.
         

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