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Am I the only one to catch on..
My barn owner recently purchased a PSG horse for $130k he had never been shown, he is on the hotter side, but very reasonable and polite on the ground. He was shown by someone and apparently he reared and flipped over, I believe this was only a one time occurrence. My barn owner is in her early 60's and is a timid rider, she shows PSG but has a packet type horse who takes care of her, so she is not looking for a hot head. Her solution to the misbehavior is to euthanize the horse. Many clients haven't questioned her reasoning behind it, she claims he is dangerous. But I'm thinking it's more along the lines of claiming insurance money if she is to put him down. Just though I'd share, sometimes the horse world can be quite nasty.
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She claims the horse is dangerous because it is. Usually rearing isn't a one time thing, and if he rears high enough to flip on his rider then yep, he's dangerous. I know countless trainers who wont touch a horse that rears with a ten foot pole, because while riding itself is a dangerous sport, a horse that rears isn't worth a penny (to most). My previous horse took up rearing, just little hops off the ground but it was constant. Eventually I put him up for free as a riding horse (if you dare) or a companion because he was Mr. Manners on the ground. Somebody DID take him from me (a guy who was just as crazy as the horse :lol:) and they're happy, he's willing to take the risk, but he brought that horse over for me to have a ride on and even after months of no-rearing I wouldn't want to get on.
The fact is, it isn't your horse, so as much as you do know or think you know about it, you probably don't know 100% of the story, and it would probably suit you well not to judge too harshly.
Unless you know how to deal with a rearing horse, and you're got the guts and grit to do what needs to be done, you have no business even touching one. I don't blame her for thinking the horse is dangerous, and if she doesn't think she can sell it then yeah...Maybe it's best to put the animal down rather than either a) let it be dangerous to others, b) let it keep eating what she pays for, or c) let it be sold to someone who either doesn't have a clue or just intends to send him to the meat factory.
Now, I will deal with rearers. I know how, I'm one who loses fear in the moment of action(Though I sure as hell have a ton of fear thinking about it), and I am young and still "bouncing". I've jumped off a lot of rearing horses and absolutely whalloped them on the ground...However, I wouldn't expect a 60yr old woman to do that!
*Whispers* What's a PSG horse, OK it suddenly hit mehttp://www.theopen-road.com/wp-conte...-of-bricks.jpg
But still asking...
what does $130K look like?:shock:
For that money I'd send a horse back if it didn't **** gold bars!
Horse rears it's dangerous, when you are 60, and I am looking at that number closely, ever more closely, you don't want to have to deal with issues, believe me, I know.
I'd never judge a person's decision to euthanize a horse that rears and flips, nor would I then come on a public bulletin board and accuse that person of insurance fraud just to "share".
When I was 15 - 20 I rode several horses that reared, and a few that would flip over - didn't bother me a bit and I broke 2 of them so they didn't do it again. Now, I am 60 years old, and believe me, that horse would be gone in an instant. That is, if I could scape myself off the ground to do it.
I'm not judging her decisions as harshly as you may think, knowing the person and knowing the horse, I just think it really isn't fair to the animal. I do not blame her one bit for deciding that he horse isn't for her, but knowing the horse and watching him show this weekend, and score a 67 is PSG... He does not need to be euthanized, quite a few people at my farm would take him if need be, but she seems to be set on destroying him, I just wanted to share this story to get a good opinion from other horse people, but I obviously did not post enough background information... This horse is hot, his previous owners were feeding him TWENTY FOUR quarts of grain a day, can't blame him for being a bit upiddy... I do agree my BO should not ride him, let me make that clear, but there are plenty of people who could handle this horse and have him be 100% manageable. But they probably won't pay astronomical amounts of money like my BO did, so she sees the dollar signs and would rather have her money versus looking out for the animals quality of life.
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As you've read, most of us here on the forum wouldn't touch a horse like that for any amount of money. There are far too many nice tempered, talented horses out there who would LOVE to have a home like she's providing this one.
In a sense, that horse is lucky she's willing to spend the money to euth him, a lot of folks would just drop him at the meat buyer's or take him out and shoot him themselves. She sounds like she DOES care that he not be mistreated or abused and suffer.
Kenny Rogers, I agree with you. While the horse may have once flipped over, it was mostly the rider's mistake. Horses do not rear for no reason. Yes, it is her horse and she can do what she wants. But, I'm sure with more time and patience, this horse, like any horse, could be a perfectly good companion. When it comes to it, she chose to buy the horse, which entails an obligation. Would you adopt a child, and then decide to "put it down" at the first sign of misbehavior? Of course not. She bought this horse, and now has an obligation to yes, FEED it, and care for it, no matter the costs. NO horse should be put down for the mistake of people. This horse was not born wishing to harm people. If it is harming anyone, it is because of people themselves. Perhaps the person that taught this horse to rear should be taken out of the horse business to keep further animals from suffering. Not all horses are meant to be ridden, that does not mean it cannot be useful.
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