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post #1 of 40 Old 05-19-2012, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Not the horse for me...

Anyone want to buy a Walking Horse? Sadly it became glaringly obvious that Nala is not the right horse for me. My barn owner volunteered to ride her for me today (I'm just not there yet) and Nala reared up as soon as the woman gathered the reins and asked her to move forward. With my past traumas I know I'll never be able to ride her now.

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. - Robert A. Heinlein
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post #2 of 40 Old 05-19-2012, 09:17 PM
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Sounds like she has a problem.. are you going to get that fixed or just sell her onto someone else and give them that problem?

Rearing is VERY dangerous. But there may be a reason she rears. Maybe the BO was too rough with her, maybe her teeth need to be floated, maybe the saddle hurts, maybe she isn't sound.

Figure it out, get it fixed, and then find her a home if you aren't comfortable.

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post #3 of 40 Old 05-19-2012, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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Sounds like she has a problem.. are you going to get that fixed or just sell her onto someone else and give them that problem?

Rearing is VERY dangerous. But there may be a reason she rears. Maybe the BO was too rough with her, maybe her teeth need to be floated, maybe the saddle hurts, maybe she isn't sound.

Figure it out, get it fixed, and then find her a home if you aren't comfortable.
Rearing is dangerous. Nala's teeth were floated just a few weeks ago, the saddle fit isn't an issue, and she's sound. The BO used the mounting block to mount Nala and with the height of the block and the shortness of Nala all that was required was putting her leg over Nala's back. No weight in the stirrups. The barn owner had just settled in the saddle, slid her feet into the stirrups, and picked up the reins. The reins were still loose. She never even took a step forward, just went straight up.

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post #4 of 40 Old 05-19-2012, 10:08 PM
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Rearing is dangerous. Nala's teeth were floated just a few weeks ago, the saddle fit isn't an issue, and she's sound. The BO used the mounting block to mount Nala and with the height of the block and the shortness of Nala all that was required was putting her leg over Nala's back. No weight in the stirrups. The barn owner had just settled in the saddle, slid her feet into the stirrups, and picked up the reins. The reins were still loose. She never even took a step forward, just went straight up.
Yeah that sounds like an evasion.. do you know her history?
She wasn't wearing spurs, right?

What happens when you run your hands down the muscles on either side of her spine?

How are her feet?

Pictures would help.

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post #5 of 40 Old 05-19-2012, 10:16 PM
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Have you considered sending her to a professional before just selling her? If it's not soundness, it's not the saddle, and it wasn't her teeth or the rider, it's most likely a training issue. What's her past?
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post #6 of 40 Old 05-19-2012, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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I don't know her past...and I'm not actually selling her. I was having a down moment because up until today she was doing everything great. On the ground she's perfect and I plan to continue to work with her. The vet will be out on the 29th to check her back.
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post #7 of 40 Old 05-19-2012, 10:59 PM
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I don't know her past...and I'm not actually selling her. I was having a down moment because up until today she was doing everything great. On the ground she's perfect and I plan to continue to work with her. The vet will be out on the 29th to check her back.
Alright well we wish you the best and hope you guys can figure out why she's doing this!
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post #8 of 40 Old 05-19-2012, 11:04 PM
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Hey Dixie, I see in your other thread that you are good at and like ground work, and that working with Nala and having her in your life was therapy, well none of that has changed, she will still be a great companion and you can work with her from the ground, you maybe able to help each other to a better place.

I hope you can get to the bottom of her issues and fix it
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Yeah, I really don't care if the horse's teeth need a float or someone is wearing spurs, I don't care for a horse that regards a rear as reaction to anything. Time to find something to enjoy and be safe with, life is too short.
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post #10 of 40 Old 05-19-2012, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Dixie, I see in your other thread that you are good at and like ground work, and that working with Nala and having her in your life was therapy, well none of that has changed, she will still be a great companion and you can work with her from the ground, you maybe able to help each other to a better place.

I hope you can get to the bottom of her issues and fix it
Thanks GH, I do enjoy the ground work. I was very upset earlier because I was worried about my Barn Owner. Ginger has become my friend and she made the offer because she understands the root of my trauma issues. I was worried that she was hurt more than she let on. The has a floating rib from a car accident a few years ago that I didn't know about until after she came off. I told her off about it and she really should have known better...she's a nurse. I'm not giving up on Nala just yet.

Oh...no spurs were not used! Ginger rides her mare in a Bitless Bridle because she doesn't believe in bits...she'd never put spurs on, much less use them. :)

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