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  • Horse on trial, bucked once ... would you buy it
  • Should you buy a horse that has bucked in the past

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    04-12-2012, 09:48 PM
  #11
Weanling
My horse has bucked off every person that has attempted to ride him. That is a bucker. This horse you're looking at just sounds like he needs a good rider that will build a solid foundation with him. I think he's worth a look if you can handle him and finish his training.

ETA: my horse is an 8 year old unraced TB hothead. And believe me, he was worth re-training ;)
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    04-12-2012, 09:50 PM
  #12
Started
If I was younger, you betcha! But now I am a little more choosy about what I ride.
     
    04-12-2012, 09:52 PM
  #13
Showing
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Meh. I'd pass. If she hasn't ridden the horse in 4 years, and the training before that was barely breaking at best, then you're looking at re-breaking an older horse. At 2003, you're breaking a 10 year old. No thanks.
I agree. At that age, I'd probably pass. If he was 4 or 5, I'd give him a look. Sounds like it was a green + green kinda deal and he was left to sit, unfortunate.
     
    04-12-2012, 09:59 PM
  #14
Foal
Bucking a few times due to a spook is not a "bucking problem." He spooked outside because he's green and had a green rider. Young horses, more than horses of any other age, need a strong herd leader. If he felt that he didn't have that, I.e. A timid and spooky rider, he had every right to spook when he saw something scary. With a green rider, he may as well have been alone. His flight response kicked in, and that's all. I'd take him on if I had the time to retrain him and undo some of the bad training he may have received. It sounds like he just needs a firm leader, is all.
     
    04-12-2012, 10:08 PM
  #15
Foal
I would go ahead with it. It sounds like it wasn't the horse's problem, it was it's training and green rider. Some people just jump head first into the deal, which really isn't a good idea. If the horse experienced an experienced rider and solid riding, I'm sure it could be fixed.
     
    04-12-2012, 10:13 PM
  #16
Showing
Before I read this thread.. no. I once rode a horse known for a bucking problem. She never bucked for me and I'd just school her w/t English. Well one time the lady that owned her wanted me to canter her. I told her I didn't know how but she got all upset. Well minute I "asked" she threw 3 good bucks, slammed on the brakes, I went flying over her head and landed square on my head. Yes I wore a helmet, but I sprained my neck and was terrified of horses for a good 2 months.

I wish no one to experience that, so I'm careful when I've heard horses bucking.

My horse and I were green and green and no matter what he has never bucked for me.

It depends on the horse but honestly if you're looking to save money then I just don't think that's a good plan. Better to spend a little more for a finished or at least safer horse, than save some pennies and get a lot of injuries.
     
    04-12-2012, 10:24 PM
  #17
Yearling
If I had the funds for another horse I'd do it in a heartbeat. Sounds like he needs saddle time, lots and lots of it....
     
    04-12-2012, 10:29 PM
  #18
Trained
IF you are looking for a project, and have the experience and time for it, then I'd say go for it.

If you don't have the experience to train or retrain a horse, then I would steer clear of him, since the owner could be flat out lying about the extent of his problems, or the horse really could just need the miles...but why take the risk if you don't have what it takes to train a horse? Never ever take on a horse who is a 'proclaimed' problem horse as a first project horse...it will never end well.
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    04-12-2012, 10:31 PM
  #19
Trained
If it was just bucking, sure I'd buy him.

But like everyone else said about the novice rider thing.....That's what would make me say no.
     
    04-12-2012, 10:34 PM
  #20
Foal
I don't know. I would do as themacpac says, I would go look at him and see what you view for yourself. I would want to see the horse moving on a lunge line, as I am sure he will need tons of ground work to bring him back up to working order.

I am in a similar position my mare is older and "green broke" when I bought her she hadn't been ridden in 6 months. (And ridden regularly for 1 year). She has a bit of a bucking issue too. But I got her at a good price and she is exactly what I personally wanted...a project.

The age wouldn't bother me, but I would be prepared for lots of retraining and brining him back into working condition. Also it never hurts to ask the sellers if they will let you do a trial period, that way you can see how he is when working regularly. Just a thought.

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