Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Southern California
What you have said Cherie, is what I had also conveyed to the owner. I explained to her that, he needs to have much more a purpose. He's only 10 years old and is a beautifully put together horse. He needs to run barrels, jump fences, sort cows, whatever it is... he just needs to go do it.
Another problem though is that she really couldn't "sell" this horse in our area. I fear he would need to be donated. He's not rideable for anyone intermediate, and most advanced riders aren't looking for a 10 year old horse that needs a VERY SERIOUS attitude adjustment. In my opinion, I wouldn't take him were he given to me for free.
Saddlebag, While I can appreciate whatever the horse "thought" was going on... it shouldn't have ever been allowed to happen. If he'd done that with me, I would have one rein stopped him, turned him right back around, and headed straight back out in to the arena for more work. If he thinks he's going to take me for a drag back to the barn, he gets to go right back to work. I for one, have never had a barn sour, stall sour, or buddy sour horse. It's something that I would address the MOMENT the behavior reared it's ugly head.
I'm with you Sky. Our horses will act like horses from time to time. It's the nature of things. What I think is a trained horse, someone else might think is a fire breathing dragon. You have to know what is right for you, for your level of riding. I think if the bad times begin to out number the good times in your relationship with your horse, then it's time to make a choice.
Life seems mighty precious, when there's less of it to waste.