Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Bunbury, Western Australia
I thought i'd share my experience and how I learnt from it.
Being a nieve 19 year old after 2 months of riding lessons, an oppotunity to own my first horse arrived, a 16.2 1/2hh mare 1/4 tb 3/4 wb, ?? Years old as she was never branded. At first I was scared of her, she had the worst ground manners and was pushy and impaitent. I taught her ground manners and paitence from just think how I want her to act and I did it. 6 months later, this green horse started bucking, rearing, stopping on trails, running sideways out of the arena and backing when asked to go forward. I decided she diserved better then me. I sold her to an experienced eventing home.
6 months later I bought another horse, 15hh 7yo TB, I was told she would be perfect for pony clubs and beginners. The owner wouldn't ride her, she took off on me and had a little hissy fit, but I bought her anyways think she was testing me out. She reared and spun til 'd come off, buck continually, run backwards into fences, run me at trees, I couldn't take her out. I owned her for 11 months, I had her that long because I thought I gave up on Elly too soon. Sold her and then bought ozzie on the same day. I still own ozzie
Then last january (4 1/2 years on) I got offered a free horse, I was looking for my next eventer. I looked at Marco, 16.2hh TB 5yo off the track a few months ago. He was nice, rode away from other horses from property on the road no drama, jumped, rode on buckle in walk trot canter. Had the "i will try" attitude. I took him home, he was under weight so I feed him up and he stacked on weight, took him out to a xc and show jump training back, was an angel! The weight increased and the real him started to show, he started pawing, kicking out at me in the paddock and bucking. I got the kicking out thing under control with rules at dinner time, once he was fat I stopped hard feeding and put him on rolls. Then I started again in april, he was back to square one. He also got serperation anxiety. So I started again. Then I took him out to a riding club. Before summer (NOV - FEB) I took him to jumping lessons off property nd he was ok but bucking. So back to riding club in april, he was ok but bucking over jumps, then on one he got me off, I landed on my feet, then went down on my knees, he lined me up and double barrelled me in the face! Less then 2 weeks later after advertising very honestly the old owner took him back, he's now with a lady that does natural horsemanship stuff and is fully informed of his issues.
6 months on, I got a new horse (in april) and am enjoying him! 8yo TB 16.1hh his name is Barney and we are AWESOME!!!!
:::THIRD TIME A CHARM:::
Elly ::: Diam ::: Ozzie