I started Riding on a 25 year old mare who couldn't canter and had to be constantly rested, occasionally medicated, and kept on joint supplements to stay sound. I just peddled around the block and up and down the road on her, I had the time of my life. After 2 years of riding her I wanted to move up to something that could canter and could possibly show a little on. My mom bought me a 10 year old AQHA Registered show horse who needed a confident rider and was ring sour. He was the example of how not to buy a horse. The trainer we know and trust trained the horse when it was 5 and had not seen the horse for 5 years. When the horse came up for sale he said 'I remember this horse, he is really nice." and we bought him, never tried him, never even saw him until we went to pick him up. When we would ride in an empty arena we were fine, but take him on the trail or ride in an arena with more then 1 or 2 other horses and he bucked, reared, bolted, you name it he did it. After a week of training where we were doing great and went to a 4-H ride and he bolted 3 times, bucked me off twice, and then bucked me off and knocked me out for several minutes. We sold him, he went to a show home with an experienced rider who wanted to go to the top and he is doing great.
Then we went through a rescue and looked at several horses, the first turned out to have a stifle injury, the second turned out completely loco, the third turned out to have a hock injury.
We thought we had hit the jackpot with the fourth a white Appaloosa mare, she was beautiful, when I road her for the first couple months I knew she didn't like to stop but would with a little bit of coaxing, but as I kept riding her she started rearing and went over 3 times. She does fine with more confident riders but ever since what I have called the 'big, black show horse incedent' I have been terrified and when she started rearing I was scared to death to get back on her, which didn't help. We are probably selling her once her foal is weaned (when we adopted her she was apparently bred) unless she completely turns around and becomes a perfect horse and I plan on continuing to work with the foal and debate on whether or not to sell the foal once she is completely halter broke.
Pretty words are not always true and true words are not always pretty.
My treasurers do not twinkle or glitter, they neigh in the night and glow in the sun