Should I Take Him On?
So... I've rehabilitated several abused horses before, and I really do enjoy it. And all of them have turned into really great horses, one of them even going back to barrels after his abuse with them. So I know I can do this, but I also have a show horse to keep up, a 2 year old to train, and a 3 year old to continue on with her show career, and keep training. Here's this boy's history.
Supposedly, when he was only like 3, or some absurd age when no horse should be packed into the mountains, he was way overloaded with supplies and asked to trail up into dangerous terrain. Being the good boy he is, he did, and when the men who had NO idea about where horses should and shouldn't go asked him to walk the edge of a cliff, he refused. Well, they forced him, and he fell under the weight of the packs, and injured himself very very badly. Well, the men sold him a few years later, afraid he would never be sound, and my dad's friend bought him because he was afraid of what the men would do to the horse if someone didn't buy him. So he's nursed this horse back to health, and he's only like... 7 or 8 now I think. He's HUGE. But nice. Wouldn't hurt anyone. My dad's friend has dealt with injured racehorses and stuff, but he can't get through to this horse... I think it might be because he's never done anything like that. Anyway though, the horse is sound. He has this wierd thing going on that looks like a bowed tendon, but it isn't. Anyway, he has no injuries. But now my dad's friend is really getting into packing and riding into the mountains and camping. He'd like to do this with this horse, but every time you put a pack saddle on him, he freezes up and won't move, and if you literally DRAG him, he has a little spaz attack and then lays down and won't get up until you take the saddle off.
I Don't blame him. And I am pretty sure I can fix this. I've dealt with much worse, with horses that would try to kill you if you brought a flag toward them or anything. So he doesn't sound horrible... My dad's friend has asked me if I want to take him on. It sounds like if he can't get a pack horse out of him, he's going to sell him, which might be ok except for no one would buy him with that tendon. Now, he's not forcing me to, and he's not definitely saying he'd sell the horse, but I do want to do it....
I don't do fall sports, at least not this year, so I should have the time... I was just wondering what you guys think. Good idea? Bad idea? I've never had to fix a pack horse before.... Anyone that has?
Plus, I've kinda been thinking about buying some 2 year old QHs and seeing if someone would like to have a horse... Barrels, western, ranch horse, reining, cutting... and training the horse to do what they want specifically. Does that seem like a good idea? I know the horse market is poor... But I live in a very rural area and people would probably buy good ranch horses. I don't know, I'd just like some opinions, some input from other horsey peoples, lol. See, if I ask my dad, he'd say sure. He wants me to learn my own businesses... haha. But I want to know if you guys would do that, or if you think it would work, if it wouldn't, why, etc. And I know where I can get quality QHs cheap, this guy is wanting to retire, and he offered me like four registered 2 year olds for like $800. They have awesome bloodlines, too.
Anyway. Opinions? On either or both. Do you think I would have time to do everything that I'm wanting to take on? My parents will be good with it. I've also broke horses before and sold them for pretty good money, so that's not really new. Thanks!
To rein a horse is not only to guide him,
but also to control his every movement.