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Newby32 01-05-2012 11:43 PM

A beginner/kid safe BLM mustang
 
I got involved with a ranch a few months back that I quickly discovered wasn't the best place for a beginner. After 2 "sort-of" lessons, I was ponying 5 horses off the back of my truck (while someone else drove) for about 1/4 mile. This was one of my first days participating in the work to ride program. It pretty much turned into a work to work program. They also put me on a an appendix that was over 16 hands and hadn't been ridden in months or been turned out for who knows how long. He bucked me pretty good and they had me get back on so that the horse wouldn't think he was boss. These were my first weeks learning about horses. (I did not know any of this about the appendix until after we were done)

I get a call today that they have a rescue that I can pretty much have. They say she is a beginner/kid safe BLM mustang. I asked who rode her to determine that she was safe. It was a guy who rides TB stallions. The safe part was that she didn't rear or buck him off. Wow. The best part is that the reason they are willing to let her go is because she is terrified of being tied and pulls back and is nearly impossible to catch. They got her when she was skin and bones, but she is ready to ride now. She just wouldn't be good for the trail riding business.

Crazy.

Skyseternalangel 01-06-2012 12:01 AM

That whole situation sounds messy... and downright dangerous :/ And from what they tell you about pulling back and whatnot.. that isn't beginner safe to me. Those issues will come out under saddle in different forms, I guarantee it.

Newby32 01-06-2012 12:08 AM

For sure! I politely told them that I am already leasing a horse with intention to buy. I am fortunate to have one that is a fantastic fit for me. I just could not believe that they were calling that a beginner safe horse! The guy who rode her used to race TB's and he's been riding for 30 years. Plus, she was ridden once and then they called me.

Skyseternalangel 01-06-2012 12:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Newby32 (Post 1296123)
For sure! I politely told them that I am already leasing a horse with intention to buy. I am fortunate to have one that is a fantastic fit for me. I just could not believe that they were calling that a beginner safe horse! The guy who rode her used to race TB's and he's been riding for 30 years. Plus, she was ridden once and then they called me.

Sheesh!

Honestly.. that isn't responsible on their end at all! I mean.. what kind of a lawsuit are they trying to land?? Maybe they want to teach this horse to accept all kinds of riders.. but if she can't even handle simple ground handling then no one has any business riding her :/

I'm glad you have a good leased horse to ride.. and glad you're still in one piece!

Mellow Mel 01-06-2012 06:55 AM

Sounds to me like they are trying to unload their issue on you. I am glad you stuck to your guns. I have found that us newbies can be easy targets and I almost became one a few times myself. I take it the horse you are leasing is at this barn??? If you buy will you be keeping him there?

Newby32 01-06-2012 10:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Mellow Mel (Post 1296280)
Sounds to me like they are trying to unload their issue on you. I am glad you stuck to your guns. I have found that us newbies can be easy targets and I almost became one a few times myself. I take it the horse you are leasing is at this barn??? If you buy will you be keeping him there?

Fortunately, these are two separate barns. After becoming concerned about the first place, I began seeking out something else. I came across another place that is surrounded by BLM land and they are much safer with their beginners! I am able to ride my lease horse with plenty of help and not worry about ending up in the hospital!

Country Woman 01-06-2012 12:27 PM

all I can say is good luck with your horse

kitten_Val 01-06-2012 12:36 PM

I know what you are talking about (from own experience)... You better be out of there for the sake of your own safety (and health). Good luck with your new horse!


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