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The Pros and Cons of a One Person Horse?

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        03-05-2010, 10:30 PM
      #41
    Yearling
    Thanks for the reply , I was just interested.
         
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        03-06-2010, 03:07 AM
      #42
    Foal
    Wow this topic sure has grown!

    Again, thanks for all the stories and input! Keep it coming.

    My main question is with Riosdad. You say you would never buy a horse that is not fully confident in themselves. Why do you want to write off the countless others that never had a chance? Those are the horses I empathize with the most. It is all well and good to take one of those confident, well rounded horses and make even more out of him. Those horses are a precious commodity...but it breaks my heart to see a horse that COULD have a chance, but is not given that chance to show who they truly are. Every horse, in my opinion, has the ability to be a great companion, if nothing else. Every horse has a niche that they can fit into.

    What gets me is this "anxiety" issue. I know that my mare is extremely wary of strangers. I like to think she is more complex than the "average" horse. But the skinny of it is......she isn't. Her flight reaction is just more acute. When someone refers to "anxieties," in a horse, it just makes a simple problem that much more complex than it needs to be. Humans as a whole think that if we can't understand something (in this case a horse) then it HAS to be more complex than ourselves. But maybe that's the paradox.....these horses that seem to be riddled with anxieties are really just fearful and looking for guidance.

    That's the greatest part about rescuing a horse. You get witness this fearful creature transform into something completely different. Some people may bash me because my horse "has anxiety issues" or "is not well trained because she can't fully accept others." But the fact of the matter is....she's a lot better than where she started...and that alone is enough of a reward.

    These problem horses that are sorely overlooked are everywhere around us. The horses that won't stand to hobble or have a coat thrown over their heads are, again in my opinion, the ones that need to be considered with the most depth. Those traits, the hobbling and blindfolding (if we're going to use those as an example), CAN be bred in ....but it's also related to experience.

    Sometimes those unconfident horses that most overlook can turn out to be the greatest mounts one can possess.
         
        03-06-2010, 07:05 AM
      #43
    Green Broke
    My horse is not a "One person horse", but for other people he is rideable my instructors can ride him. But I disagree with friends and such riding him, partly because he is my horse he's been worked a special way and taught a special way. Everything he knows, I have put at least 40% of the work into, I'm proud of that. Sure I am teaching a friend on him at the time, but that is because she's taught "My way". That is not an un-advanced way. Its a combination of training and riding methods taught from two very well educated and advanced instructors. Overall I think part of my horse being a "One Person Horse" is by choice, I enjoy him being my special boy and would like to keep it that way.
         
        03-06-2010, 07:40 AM
      #44
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by bearsareneat    
    Wow this topic sure has grown!

    Again, thanks for all the stories and input! Keep it coming.

    My main question is with Riosdad. You say you would never buy a horse that is not fully confident in themselves.
    Not to answer for Rio, and I don't always agree with him, but I can understand and agree with what he means. An owner - not simply a trainer in this case - needs to work with horses of their personality type. They should own horses that work well with who they are. It is no different then picking a spouse - someone whose personality gels with yours.

    There are plenty of people who will buy a horse based of pity or the need to rescue the horse, just as there are buyers of any other type of personality. I have the ideal horse in my barn which is far different then Rio's but he works well with my personality. Ideally an owner should buy a horse with their head not their heart.

    As you progress through years of ownership and horse training, you will develop a "type" of horse that attracts you. Instead of "falling in love" as we hear so many times in the younger members, you will pass over horses that just don't fit the personality of your ideal.

    Why waist time, space, energy, feed, vet care, etc on a horse that you simply don't like? Harsh, but experienced horseman come to think in those terms.
         
        03-06-2010, 09:14 AM
      #45
    Yearling
    I totally agree with the above. Buy the horse that suits you. I would generally only buy confident horses, as I figure things work better when only one neurotic mess is allowed in the relationship, and it gets to be me. :)

    As romantic as the one person horse sounds, I'd never want one. My horse is such a schoolmaster now that I will put anyone on her. No one is going to screw her up at this point. If I had a youngster, I'd be more careful who I let on her, but Gypsum pretty much goes the way she goes now. This makes life easy, when I leave town or my car breaks or whatever. One less thing to worry about.
         
        03-06-2010, 09:32 AM
      #46
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    Originally Posted by bearsareneat    
    My main question is with Riosdad. You say you would never buy a horse that is not fully confident in themselves. Why do you want to write off the countless others that never had a chance? Those are the horses I empathize with the most. It is all well and good to take one of those confident, well rounded horses and make even more out of him.
    My preferred purchase is a neglected puke of a 4 year old basically unhandled stallion. ONe that has been tucked away in some back 40 and let alone. These guys have a horrible life, poor foot care, unhandled, unloved. To me they respond the best to affection, to handling. These are not your pampered house pets, none of the last 3 even knew what a apple was.. One had never been out of his stall in 4 years, he didn't know what a brush was but all ALL had fire, all when turned into an arena exploded with life and floated around the area.
    My last guy charged me in a hard run and at the last moment swerved and let out a big kick that missed by close. I loved him from the moment I saw him.
    The one before that you couldn't get near and when I tricked him onto a stock trailer I didn't know how to get out past him. He was a vicious kicker. Two of the guys I bought the owner used the work KILL if you don't watch them.

    NO I don't take the pampered pets, the ones everyone else wants, I want the rog stallion, I cut him immediately but the bases for a great horse lies under the rogness???

    You can have your nervous wrecks, your personality problems,the ones spoiled by love. Me I will take this stallion, this puke and turn him into a loving dog following at my heals in nothing flat.

    Hope you girls pick a husband with more care then you pick you horses.
    Girls look into the family history, any problems back there?? Do you want to deal with them down the line??? Pick wisely, keep the good ones and dump the bad. Same with horses, dump the bad, the lame.

    Flame away at me girls.. this is 51 years of making horses speaking. Notice I didn't say break. I make horses.
         
        03-06-2010, 09:37 AM
      #47
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    Originally Posted by iridehorses    
    Not to answer for Rio, and I don't always agree with him, Why waist time, space, energy, feed, vet care, etc on a horse that you simply don't like? Harsh, but experienced horseman come to think in those terms.
    we agree on this. I won't let my heart dictate if I buy or keep a horse. It is based on the horses ability, his soundness, his temperment.
    That said I have takend someone elses problem for a morning an rode that nerotic horse to places the owner would never beleive, I feel alot/most of the problems people experience stem from them, not the horse.. Horses follow their leader and if this leader is strong, confident so will be the horse.
         
        03-06-2010, 09:44 AM
      #48
    Yearling
    "Hope you girls pick a husband with more care then you pick you horses."

    Haha. I wish my judgment of men was HALF as good as my judgment of horses. :) I can spot a good horse a mile away and every horse I have ever bought has been awesome. I can't say the same about guys I've dated.
         
        03-06-2010, 10:21 AM
      #49
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    Originally Posted by thesilverspear    
    "Hope you girls pick a husband with more care then you pick you horses."

    Haha. I wish my judgment of men was HALF as good as my judgment of horses. :)
    My wife walked into my grade 11 class mid season and the minute I saw her I said to myself "I am going to marry that girl". 45 years later we are still together, 42 year married and she is still the same girl I dated back then. Guys look at the mother and decide if you want your wife to look like her down the road Then run like hell or stick.
         
        03-06-2010, 10:30 AM
      #50
    Green Broke
    HEY THAT^^ ISN'T FAIR lol. No offense to my mommy dearest, but I would not want to be judged based on her looks or temperament, If I were I fear I would forever be single!
         

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