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post #11 of 40 Old 05-19-2012, 11:17 PM
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If the OP wants to sell her horse with a dangerous habit I don't see anything wrong with that as long as she is honest about what happened with the person buying the horse. It could end up being good all the way around - she is safer without a rearing issue she can't handle and can find a safe horse that won't do that, the new owner might be someone looking for a project horse and hopefully she places with someone who has the skill set to deal with the horse so the horse will benefit by being made a sound citizen.

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post #12 of 40 Old 05-19-2012, 11:18 PM
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Hey Dixie, keep your chin up. My friend bought a horse that reared, it was really tough on her because she didn't know how to go about correcting the issue. Luckily for her we have a friend who feels there are no bad horses just badly trained ones He worked with her for weeks and now my friend trailrides her horse all over, she still takes the precaution of bending his neck towards her knee as she mounts and keeping it there until she is settled then flexes him to the other side. He is such a sweet and friendly horse on the ground.
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post #13 of 40 Old 05-19-2012, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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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.
Thanks waresbear. I'm going to keep working with her until the vet comes on the 29th (the visit was already scheduled) if the vet finds something in her back then we'll see. If the vet says she checks out...then we'll see. If that's the case I'll see about finding her someone with the experience to help her. She a good horse and what happened today was completely out of character and unexpected.

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post #14 of 40 Old 05-20-2012, 12:15 AM
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It sounds like it may be something as simple as a hot spot on her back, you can run your hand across her back with some pressure in your finger tips, around where the saddle sits and see if she responds to any specific area, with a head turn or tossing of her head.

There is nothing wrong with selling a horse with an issue if you are not capable or just don't want to deal with the issue, as long as you are honest when you sell her.

Take it in stride and do what is best for you, it sounds like you really need a safe and sound bomb proof horse.

In the end, we all must remember these are prey animals and if they don't feel comfortable, feel pain or if they get scared, their first response is to save themselves; it is in their instincts and sometimes happens to the best of 'em, be it rearing, bucking, taking off, or evading.
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post #15 of 40 Old 05-20-2012, 01:03 PM
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Hope you find the right horse for you
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post #16 of 40 Old 05-20-2012, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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I went back out to the barn today...and I've decided that I'm going to keep her. I may never ride her (although I have every intention of doing so) but I can't let her go. She's perfect on the ground and there's not a mean bone in here body.

Sorry about my panic attack/pity party yesterday and thanks for listening ?reading? Anyway thanks for all of the advice.

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post #17 of 40 Old 05-20-2012, 10:57 PM
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I went back out to the barn today...and I've decided that I'm going to keep her. I may never ride her (although I have every intention of doing so) but I can't let her go. She's perfect on the ground and there's not a mean bone in here body.

Sorry about my panic attack/pity party yesterday and thanks for listening ?reading? Anyway thanks for all of the advice.
I hope one day that you can! And it's okay, there was a few times I thought "jeez I shouldn't have this horse" for different reasons.
1. Poor ground and riding manners
2. I suck at riding and he's super duper amazing
3. He's green.. I'm green.. need I say more?

But I've moved past that. (passed.. past?? I have no idea..)

We worked through it. I've trained him every step of the way. He used to rear, bolt, kick, bite, charge, buck. Luckily very minimally for me but still.. I was nuts. Still am, but it can be done.

Just gotta figure out why she does what she does, and help her get past it.

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post #18 of 40 Old 05-20-2012, 11:12 PM
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Dixie, it's all good. We all have those moments where we think "Oh, my God. What the heck am I doing?".

It is very kind of you to decide to keep her in spite of her obvious issues. Perhaps with a bit more time and, when the time comes, help from a professional trainer that is experienced in dealing with rearers, the two of you can happily ride together.
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post #19 of 40 Old 05-20-2012, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Dixie, it's all good. We all have those moments where we think "Oh, my God. What the heck am I doing?".

It is very kind of you to decide to keep her in spite of her obvious issues. Perhaps with a bit more time and, when the time comes, help from a professional trainer that is experienced in dealing with rearers, the two of you can happily ride together.
I've been happier in the two weeks that I've had Nala, than I've in the preceding two years. She been good for me...I just hope that I can return the favor
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post #20 of 40 Old 05-21-2012, 12:02 PM
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Dixie...how long have you had your mare? A week if that? Give her time, have the vet come out like you plan then go from there. If it only has been a short time maybe your rushing her too fast too soon.
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