Originally Posted by Newby1
Yes, the mare kicked her while she was just in the stall with her. No provocation. We're lucky she didn't do more damage. Stitches, some new teeth and a couple thousand dollars later.
What kind of $$ are we talking for a good professional trainer and riding instructions? I'm sure it varies across the US, but a roundabout $ would give me an idea of when I could get started?
Speaking of money, the $3K I spent on one gelding, the $1.5K I spent on the other gelding and the $2.5K I spent on my mare--ALL rideable when I bought them and NONE which try to kick me in the face when I've bending over cleaning up after them while they are in their stalls EVERY DAY THIS WINTER.
IMO, sell the mare and buy and ridable animal, PREFERABLY a gelding bc geldings don't run on hormones like a mare or stallion. A horse (over 14'2hh, or 4'8" at the withers) is WAAAAYYY too big and powerful to be your big out-of-control dog. Neither of you knows enough to maintain her RE-training even if you find the right trainer. You'll be throwing good money after bad.
I'm so sorry for your wife. I know what she went through to get new teeth--painful and costly. Horses CAN be like well-trained dogs, when trained right. They can
be a joy. YOUR mare is a little terror.