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post #1 of 15 Old 06-13-2012, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of buying, your thoughts?

I am thinking of buying a horse from a friend who needs some ground work I already know. She's also a bit stubborn and probably a little overweight right now. She tends to just stand there and not want to move. What should I do to encourage her to move? I'm planning that if we do buy her, to put her to work on the ground lunging and get the ground work and manners taken care of and I hope some of that will help with her saddle laziness.

She's a Quarter Horse, 9 years old and a really nice horse. She's just new to horses and not sure about training or working on ground manners and aside from that wants gaited horses so after finding two TWH, she decided she no longer wants her. She doesn't get rode as much as the TWHs. I rode her once, but she was just coming in heat and was a bit stubborn.

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What suggestions would you guys have for this? We've got Grace who's a ready to go type horse and Sugar who's buddy sour and young so we're a bit nervous on her. Jazz is a little older than our two and slower so I think she'd be perfect for my husband. Thanks!

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post #2 of 15 Old 06-13-2012, 03:56 PM
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My opinion on a Stubborn/nappy/lazy horse is that you can do the groundwork until the cows come home, but the horse will still be nappy with a rider on board and needs a firm rider. Is your husband that?

If not, then I'd be tempted to let this one pass - finding a horse without behavioural flaws to overcome will make your life so much easier!

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post #3 of 15 Old 06-13-2012, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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The problem I had was I rode several before getting Sugar and she was by far the best, but once we got her home, she wasn't the same horse. This horse rode really well before she got a bit spoiled, so I think she could be an awesome horse again. My husband was a good rider years ago, even had to run down another boy who's horse freaked and took off with him. So I think he'd be fine on her. Better than he would on Sugar. Granted we haven't given Sugar another shot yet but still looking for one that's not so buddy sour too.

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I own an opinionated, stubborn horse, but he's far from lazy. Stubborn, I can handle. Stubborn plus lazy I wouldn't touch with a 10 ft. pole. There are tons of good horses out there looking for owners. Who needs a lazy, stubborn horse? Riding should be fun.

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Can you take her on trial for a few weeks? This should give you time to see if she is flat out lazy/stubburn or someone just hasn't laid down the law with her. It's amazing how a timid or uneducated rider can take a horse from amazing to a pain in the butt in a short amount of time.
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Just how much training has this mare had? I ask because there is a big difference between a lazy horse and a confused horse.

With the right handler/rider/trainer, a lazy horse won't exist. They'll know how to get them moving and working in a correct manner.

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She was an awesome horse before she got her, but the lack of experience in them has turned her a bit stubborn and they are new to horses so she's been allowed to get away with murder. I think she'll do better here. She definitely needs some ground rules laid out and some time thinning down a bit. She's on grain but I plan to pull her off grain to see if that'll change her attitude as well. Yes I'm going to have her on a trial basis to begin with and if it doesn't work out, I may help her sell her.

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I say give her a try! It might be something a few hard whackes with a crop and consistent riding can't fix. We I got my mare she was used by a man for 5 years galavanting on trail. She cantered crooked, head high, swapped leads. Now I wouldn't trade her for the world. It took a few years but I can ride her wtc with just a rope on her neck, walk her through traffic to the deli and best of all she gets excited to see me. No one believed there was an amazing horse under there but I proved them all wrong!
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Don't ask me, complete sucka here.... just bought 2 I "needed" lol

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post #10 of 15 Old 06-13-2012, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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We're going to give her a try. It can't hurt to try. I think a little firmness and a few diet changes and ground work might make all the difference. If not then at least we tried. Thanks everyone.
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