Originally Posted by Werdna16
I believe in traing a horse with natural horsemanship but you can never trust what some people have done with a horse. I bought a mare not to long ago and the owner said she had been taught with natural horsemanship and was well trained but when I rode her, she had no brakes and would try to take off with me. It also took me an hour just to get her ready to ride, she was horrifide of the saddle and the bridle. She is also horrifide of water and people. When we bought her she had scars all over her body and she was so skinny. I don't blame natural horsemanship at all but think twice about the horses education and be weary for the first ride, just in case the horse isn't as well educated as the owner thinks.
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As was said: why did you buy the horse without first inspecting it?
And... for the life of me, I will never understand why a person would go to a stranger's house (who clearly does not want their horse for one reason or another), and hop on without having someone first demo the horse under saddle. If for no other reason, than to observe the rider's techniques when riding... Main reason being to witness horse's behavior under saddle... you know, so you are prepped if horse bolts, or bucks... or rears. Or whatever. Good grief!
Anyhow... now that you seem to have learned that lesson, hope you seek the advice of trainer. Just because a person says they train using a certain method does not, in ANY WAY, indicate the horse's level of sensitivity/reactivity to certain stimuli...