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post #1 of 74 Old 07-12-2010, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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What to do with 4 yo abused bucking bronco?

Hi All:
My neighbor bought a beautiful 18H abused 4 yo gelding, turned him out with daily feeding and training and handling for 6 months, had him in training for 2 months with a very lightweight trainer, no problems, well behaved, then he comes back & bucks and spins every time someone gets on, including the trainer. Trainer didn't fall off, but most people would. What to do? Not a horse for my neighbor, can't sell him or donate to a school. He is afraid of everything, movement, people, loud noises, probably badly beaten, then allowed to bully children (he's not afraid of children) so he's both a scaredy horse and a bully. Spins and kicks or pushes/pulls. Doesn't bite, gets along w/other horses. Very handsom, smart, nimble, can do 1 tempi changes on his own. Probably draft/TB. I can't keep him, too many horses already, plus don't want to get hurt.

Any suggestions other than auction/sell would be welcome. What kind of person would want such a horse, handsome and troubled as he is?
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post #2 of 74 Old 07-12-2010, 04:58 PM
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get a trainer or rehome it and they can get a trainer

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Have they done a complete physical and blood panel workup on this animal? That would be the first place I'd start, to see if maybe he has some physical issue that makes riding painful for him.

If that turns out not to be the case and he's just a nut, unless they can give him to someone who is willing to take on a troubled, aggressive horse as a project, their best bet is to have him euthanised.

There are plenty of safe, sound, sane horses out there. Nobody needs to endanger themselves by trying to deal with this animal.
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Yes, he's had a complete physical. No problems. Same saddle as before, same bridle. Just too hard to handle after the abuse & too big. Any other ideas? Not a lot of $$ for retraining. Plan to advertise & do a throrough reference check if prospective owner is found; put him down if no owners found. Might be a good candidate for a prison ministry if we can find one, since it will probably take a very long time to tame him.
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post #5 of 74 Old 07-12-2010, 05:13 PM
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I agree with Speedracer about the physical, not so much about the euthanization. They could give him to a reputable rescue. A rescue could be able to sort out his problems as they deal with abused horses on a daily basis. If they don't want to give him up and don't want to pay for training a pasture ornament is allways an option as long as they can keep him under control on the ground. If they are willing to spend the money then they could keep trying diffrent trainers. Maybe even "natural horsemanship". They just have to keep trying until they figure out how he works.

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post #6 of 74 Old 07-12-2010, 05:20 PM
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Lonestar, rescues are not dumping grounds for crazy, old, or unsound horses.

I don't understand why so many people say, "Give it to a rescue!" as if they're just dying for everyone's cast offs.

Besides that, most reputable rescues are already full to bursting right now, and don't have the ability to take on a horse that nobody else wants.

If the animal's current owners don't want to be bothered with him and a suitable home can't be found, there's no reason the horse shouldn't be euthed.

They knowingly took on an abused animal, so it's their responsibility to either find the right situation or put him down.

I'm one of those people who believe in personal responsibility and taking care of my own messes. I don't try to fob them off onto someone else.
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Poor guy, what a sad case! I don't know about elsewhere in the country where land/board is much cheaper but rescues out here generally don't have the money and resources to deal with these sorts of horses. It seems like that would be the point of a rescue... but from my limited experience it seems like they mainly focus on taking new horses that can be turned around to find good homes. The more money and time and space a horse drains from a rescue the fewer horses they can help, especially when most of their money goes into medical rehabilitation and care.

If he's very good looking (unusually so) I bet you could find someone who could take him on as a project. Generally I would think there would have to be something unique / special about him to make him stand out from the other horses that need someone to put time/training/money into them as a project that are less dangerous.

Did you say he did very very well sent away to training and then became dangerous when he came back? Maybe just getting him out of that environment and somewhere else could turn him around and make his training easier?



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I know it's not a dumping ground. But I think that death should be the last option. The poster said that the horse was well behaved at the trainers, but crazy at their house. Maybe its a comfort thing. I do think a rescue would be a better option than death. But that's just my opinion.

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post #9 of 74 Old 07-12-2010, 05:35 PM
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What about some reputable rodeo stock breeder that will haul him to rodeos? A lot of rodeo stock are very well taken care of and treated with respect. Sounds like he would fit right in!
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post #10 of 74 Old 07-12-2010, 05:37 PM
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I went through something very similar with my 16.2hh saddlebred. He was horribly abused, dangerous, and afraid of everything. He originally came to me as a retrain, but we bonded and I couldn't let him go once he established some trust in me. I'm willing to bet he can be rehabbed, but it would HAVE to be with someone knowledgeable and it will take time and lots of it. And obviously he will cope better in a forever home, selling him off to someone new might trigger a relapse. Best bet, find someone that knows their stuff to take him on.

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