Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: victoria australia
I have only read the OP and a few comments so my statement may seem out of place.
In answer to the 'a horse isn't kid-safe if it has past problems' or what-not, I don't agree with that and I feel that's labeling all horses unfairly.
Of course that could possibly be true for some horses, but definitely not all, or even most I would be happy to say.
A horse can be retrained, brought back up and learn again.
I can't say a lot about breaking in horses but I've saved a few small ponies from the knackeries, each of them where what most people would call problem horses, the one I own currently, 'Flicka,' I bought around 6 months ago from the local sale yards, no one else wanted her as she was nuts, the only other bidder was the knacker.
I eventually convinced my mum that I could handle her, and she paid the small price of $90 for her, instantly regretting it as it took as a solid three hours to get her on the float. She's only very little so she wasn't hard to handle, but she was continuously flipping herself backwords and kicked a guy several times.
We brought her home and the same thing happened, she was what my dad called a 'ferral.'
Now she's the sweetest pony you could ever meet, you can chuck a tarp over her, she'll follow you around the paddock and she's a massive smooch. She's still only a baby, so I can understand how this case is different.
Although another one is my old riding school used to buy ponies from the sale yard, one of which was again a 'ferral,' he would buck everyone who attempted to ride him and not many people had the guts to ride him, after a year of working with him, he's now the riding schools learning pony and the sweetest little fella you'll ever meet, he was 14 years old when he was retrained.
I'm only 15 so my stories and cases may be irrelivant and I may see too much good in every horse, which isn't all a bad thing if you ask me, but I believe a horse can be retrained to be a some-what 'child safe horse' or as child safe as a horse can be.
But then again, horses are like people in which they all have different personalities and some horses are naturally wonderful childrens mounts, others aren't.
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