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    05-07-2009, 12:57 PM
Wow thanks so much to everyone who replied. I've been reading up on the Parelli methods and am really excited to start some groundwork with him. Personally I feel it might be a combination of saddle placement (thanks so much for the article link!!) and Sarge just missing his old owners.

The environment here is a bit different than what he is used to. We have a large open pasture for them while his old home had multiple, smaller enclosures and he was taken out and ridden frequently. We were told that he had bonded with one of their other horses, Lilly, and also seemed very attatched to their family. I feel that maybe Sarge just doesn't trust us at this point and is confused by his new surroundings.

As for health concerns, Sarge just had all his vaccinations, shots, and a new check-up just before we got him and we were given his records so I don't think that's the issue. Though the bridle we were using didn't seem to fit him comfortably and was not what he was used to either. We've gotten a replacement bridle for that and again, I feel it's probably just a combination of newbie mistakes and him missing his previous owners.

Our plan at this point is to build a round training fence to lay groundwork with him (and most likely Storm too, though he doesn't seem to have the attatchment issues that Sarge does). We've hired some folks to come and clear out about 2 more acres in the back of our property next week so hopefully within a week or two we'll have a training area where I can work on building trust with him.

Again, thanks so much for all of your advice. I'm tryin to take in and absorb everything now and your feedback is very much appreciated!
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    05-07-2009, 01:00 PM
Sorry for the double post but forgot to add that the previous owners will be out in a few hours to observe us with the horse and for us to observe Sarge with them.

I really hope that the majority of the problem is him being homesick and us making common newbie mistakes. I'll post and let you all know how it went!
    05-07-2009, 02:22 PM
Do keep us updated! Hope everything turns out right! :]
    05-07-2009, 02:28 PM
Make sure that your saddle is fitting properly. Your saddle should always sit about two inches behind the horses shoulder. Also it should not pinch at any point down the back. Check these and go from there.
    05-08-2009, 12:21 AM
Update: The previous owner came out today and seemed genuinely shocked at the description we gave him of how Sarge behaved with us when trying to saddle him.

He gave us a complete run-down of proper saddling techniques, bridles, fit, etc. As he went to mount the horse, he commented on how Sarge's ears were turned back and since he felt that he was nervous for some reason, he just sat there in the saddle with him for a few minutes. After taking off with him, he rode beautifully, no problems whatsoever.

Then it was our turn (gulp!) but, just the same, Sarge was perfectly fine and a smooth rider. Exactly how he was for us when we first met him at the previous owner's farm. Strange, no real explanation other than perhaps our techniques were not completely correct and that he was just uncomfortable with us and his new surroundings at first.

My husband saddled up Sarge again several hours after the previous owner had left (just to make sure his calm disposition was not just due to the other owner's presence) and again, he did terrifically. My husband even went on to say that Sarge is a smoother ride than our Tennessee Walker!

I can't tell you how relieved I am. Also, the previous owner has agreed to come to our place 1 or 2x per week for training lessons--and EXTREMELY reasonably priced at only about 30 bucks. So we are completely thrilled.
    05-08-2009, 12:24 AM
Well good! I'm so glad it has worked out for you. :] Probably just a slightly misplaced saddle. Some horses are super sensitive about that.
    05-08-2009, 02:00 AM
So glad to hear everything is turning around for Sarge. Its great that the previous owners are going to be helping you out. Nice to know there are people selling horses that are so willing to help out the new owners
    05-08-2009, 02:38 AM
Awww, that is great that things worked out so well for you. It really emphasizes just how emotional horses can be. They are NOT machines that you just hop on and go, they have feelings too. I really miss my guy alot. I am glaaad for you guys:)
    05-08-2009, 04:16 AM
Awesome to hear! Thanks for posting. Please continue to keep us updated
    05-08-2009, 10:23 AM
I'd just like to say, it's GREAT that you found a seller who would help you out. There are WAY too many people out there that sell their horse and that is that. It sounds like you got really lucky, with both the seller and the horses. I'm glad things worked out. =]

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