Nice to hear everyone's stories, and opinions.
Smrobs, that video is awesome. That kid and his horse are amazing. I wish I was that good.
Pocco1220, we have every similar opinions. Your horse sounds lovely, and you seem very responsible.
Iseul, sounds like after some though work you really turned that boy around. I know other people who have had stories like that. While it's rare, I enjoy hearing about horses who have made a complete 180.
Originally Posted by alexischristina View Post
Nobody knows the exact situation, and there are always two sides to every story. Example: before I purchased my horse, I was told he attacked other horses in the arena / bucked / kicked / was crazy. Test rode him and he was a perfect angel, have had him for over a year and never ONCE has he made any indication he would do any of the above. Good thing I didn't listen to someone I don't know. I know los of horses that through their training history have been full of bucks and spooks, but as they got more training calmed down considerably and are horses I would consider 'kid safe'. You say she 'claims' the horse has been fixed... well how do you know it hasn't been? While I agree horses with extreme problem pasts don't make the best kid horses, we don't know enough from reliable sources to tell you if it is / isn't.
In the OP I just glanced over what this horse & her new ''trainer'' have done. I kept it short to get to the point, and to not bash the ''trainer'' (& I use that term loosely..). I just wanted opinions about, " What is a kid horse?" Can a problem horse become a good kid horse? Get different opinions. But please understand, this horse & the girl are dangerous. Although I do respect that you are taking this on a forum with a grain a salt.
This girl has a tendency to lie. I think she may have a disorder that causes compulsive lying. She tells people she has trained with Ian Millar, Eric Lamaze or in Europe. She is 22, and I have known her since grade four. She has gone to Europe once for a highschool trip, and she lives in Western Canada.
Her first horse, she claimed was a sabino TB. And he was reg'd as a TB. She had him listed for sale, with his reg'd name.. He is a reg'd solid paint. Closest TB is 4 generations back. Told people he won 50k in shows, some people did a look up on him. He was shown once, before this girl bought him.
This horse was given to her because she told the owner she was a trainer, and could work with a problem horse. She work this mare for a year and a half. She's been telling people that she's owned this horse for three years. I know for a fact she met the mare's former owner a year and a half ago. They met AFTER my first horse show. The moment she legally owned the horse, the mare went up for sale for 3k. (One month ago) See where this lying I was talking about?
This horse has bucked, I have seen it. The girl told me, the mare has never bucked. I stated that I saw her kick out with both hind legs at head height at a fun event. She told me, "Oh that's just a thing she does when she canters."
She advertising as an experienced barrel racer. This horse can walk a barrel pattern, but any faster, and she freaks out, gets excited violently tosses her head and bucks.
She is now bashing the former owner. Claiming the horse is calm and sane. When asked about the horse's past, she claims the last owner is a beginner who has not clue what she's doing & the horse spooked once, former owner fell, then tried to ship the horse. None of that is true.
Okay.. This rant needs to stop now. Sorry, for the rant. But I needed to get that out. I could go on for pages.