Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
If you are uncomfortable and feel unsafe with a horse that you have bought you REALLY need to find an instructor/trainer to train your horse and teach YOU how to handle him.
Using language to describe is rather feeble at times. I suggest, too, that you buy Clinton Anderson's basic training package. His background is frustration that the "lucky" people always had the horses that didn't try to throw their riders. He found trainers who understood what makes a horse comfortable:
1) good human leadership
2) regular food/water/shelter
3) the ability to move away from danger--flight first, then fight, if backed into a corner
You obviously cannot tell the difference between a horse that is frightened and a horse that has learned to get out of work. Both can be dangerous.
As I said in my thread, your BEST BET for buying a safe horse is to find a sound horse that has been shown...a LOT.
People DO sell their successful show horses bc they have outgrown them. It could be bc of size, it could be lack of speed, it could be the wrong fit for their hobby. Many show people hire trainers and these trainers also help them to sell the horse they have outgrown. THIS IS THE HORSE YOU WANT bc this horse has been groomed to death, trailered ad nauseum, and worked at least 5 days/week (during show season.) This type of horse has a LOT of hours under saddle, and makes an excellent first horse.
Buying somebody's backyard pet is a crap shoot. Even buying from a private owner at a boarding stable is not a safe bet.
RE: a horse will always buck if the saddle hurts, I beg to differ. My QH "Ro Go Bar" (1982-2009, RIP) carried a pack saddle all day many years ago, and I didn't know that it was rubbing. He never bucked, just winced...all 15'3hh and 1,250 pounds of him, in case you think he was underweight and unable to buck. (He did buck the first time I shot off of his back, in 1987!!) Honestly, my lesson horses were ridden FAR MORE than anybody's private horse here simply bc they did 5 days/lessons, sometimes 2 back to back 1/2 the year and then 5-7 lessons on a Saturday, 1/2 the year, and THEN we did about 7 weekends of CW Reenactments--National Events went about one week at a time, AND 2-week family vacations. Horses today and just NOT worked with enough to break them in and THOSE are the horses listed online for sale.
CA has created a usable "Method" to both connect with your horse and control him. I have been watching his programs for 4 years now and I listen when he mutters asides like, "I thought we were through with this kind of training," referencing abuse.