Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
one grade qh gelding. My BO picked him up at an auction at 3 months old out of pity. Cute little sorrel with a star and strip. From day one he was quick as a whip. He picked up on everything so fast. Halter broke in a half hour and picking up his feet. Nothing scared him, he was super friendly and loved people. At 2 I put a couple rides on him and he was quiet as can be, and super willing, but I never let a horse get away with any bad behavior, and he must have known that. Always had to keep the gates clipped because he could undo any knots.
as a late 2y old he was sold to a nice couple, they werent super knowledgable, but they ment well. They fell hopelessly in love with him, and had to have him. As they started working with him, you could see the change. He was starting to understand, for the first time in his life, that there were people who didn't know what they were doing, and didnt reinforce rules or set boundaries. The first time he threw somone I beleive he was three. Someone pulled back on the reins and he reared up. Then he bucked a couple experienced people off in the round pen. He was used to getting his own way and they were asking for things he didnt want to do. They got back on, but by this point he knew what he could do.
he went to a good trainer for 3 months who could ride out the bucks. Part way through his owner went to ride him and the second her butt touched the saddle he bucked her off, sending her to the emergency room with a dislocated hip. At the end of three months the trainer said to take him home, and that he would have to be ridden regularly by an experienced rider to keep him riding decent, because he never stopped trying to get you off.
he was ridden a couple times after he came back, but he bucked every time. Always unpredicably. At the beggining, sometimes half way through, some times at the end. He had massage, chiro, vet appointments, all was clear. A cowboy came to look at him for a project, got the saddle on and watched him buck rodeo style for a half hour in circles around the arena before he could grab the lead rope again. He pulled the saddle off and left. Another cowboy tried to ride him out. He did some nh ground work first, he even seemed fine with the saddle, but when he got on, it could have been the calgary stampede. This guy rode him out, untill he tried to flip over backwards when bucking didnt work.
To this day I have never seem anything like it.