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When ground work doesn't translate to undersaddle

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        05-23-2012, 05:05 PM
      #31
    Yearling
    AMEN to your post, Jaydee!

    Dop,
    I totally agree with you. I was trying to be polite. My friend had just introduced me to the owner that day. So I had no previous knowledge of what her experience was with her gelding. I am 28 and the owner is in her 60's, so as a matter of absolute respect, if she told me I needed to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to her horse because that's what he likes, then I would likely oblige. So when she asked me to hand him over so she could get on, I did exactly that. Knowing full well that she seemed apprehensive and nervous with him.

    I have since sopken with my friend about what happened that day. I also offered tp help this owner find some great alternative options for her gelding, and to help her in finding a more appropriate choice of horse. I am under the impression that she wants to keep him, but maybe just as a pet. And while I may not agree with this deicsion, I am thankful that the likelihood of her being injured by him is now significantly lower.
         
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        05-23-2012, 05:23 PM
      #32
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    problem horse/rider

    I know that song very well!!!!
    People have this false sense of responsibility to a horse - its not the same as adopting a child. I wouldn't ask anyone to dump a horse in an auction with the chance that it could end up as someones dinner but she should give the horse a chance to have a useful life where he will be appreciated and herself the chance to find a horse she can enjoy.
    Trouble is sometimes you get more results banging your head against a brick wall than persuading someone to do the right thing. I have seen too many useful horses spend their days as paddock ornaments getting fat and laminitic
    You have done the best you can by the sound of it
         

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