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    09-03-2009, 07:54 AM
  #1
Foal
Looking for a trail horse for a beginner

Hello,

I am in my thirties, my wife and I adopted two horses a year ago. We spent thousands of dollars (and I mean over ten grand) in training of both horses. Sought out John Lyons certified people, local people etc. After a year of training us and the horses, we still have one horse that got into the habit of rearing when he does not like something and another horse that braces on the bit when there is something more interesting for him to do. Our trainer swears up and down that we got great trail horses even after seeing my horse rear up several times when asked to cross a small puddle. I call bulls**t on that. So, I decided that I am sick and tired of horse trainers and training in general. What I am looking for now is a reputable farm/ranch that is in the business of producing trail horses and will stand behind them. The trail horses are their only source of income and they ride the horses almost every day for hours to the trails. The horse(s) have seen it all, done it all, they will take care of their rider the best they can.

I understand that any horse can spook or do silly things. But if my horse violently rears and kicks in my backyard when asked to do the smallest things - what is left for me on the trail?

The ranch/farm can be anywhere in the USA. This time I will take the time, travel to the ranch, spend a few days there riding the prospect on the trails before I buy. I feel that any reputable place should allow for that kind of a test.

So, how about it? Any recommendation or leads?

Thanks,
OD in Florida
     
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    09-03-2009, 09:44 AM
  #2
Yearling
Wow, Flordia is a ways from where I am! One of my horses came from Ohio (she is bombproof!) My mom's paint gelding is 5, but we got him when he was 2 and rode everywhere! He does spook, but luckily, he spooks in place. He was trained originally to be a cutting horse. He is a big baby. He was trained here in OK. The horse I am about to get, is a 2 year old Appy. Also trained here in OK and I am going back to ride him again today. He is a gentle boy.

I am sorry you had sorry luck with the horse rescue things. I don't of any other places except around OK. But that is a LONG ways. Have you tried looking on Horsetopia, or EquineNow? They are really good websites. The only place around here I can think of that specializes in trail horses is a ranch that trains Missouri Fox Trotters. And there is a place in Wilson, OK. She advertizes, but never go there. She lies, me friend got a horse from her that was supposed to be kid-safe. As soon as my friend got on him, he took off and threw her.
     
    09-03-2009, 01:03 PM
  #3
Foal
I do not have a ranch but one of our mares came off of one. She is amazing! Anyone can ride her on the trails or in the arena. Run the barrels on her(and win) then take her into a pleasure class(an win) then walk right down the trail all in one day and she will give you great rides each time. I am all the way in MI though.
     
    09-03-2009, 01:44 PM
  #4
Trained
Check out this place: Horses Offered or LaCense - Ranch


I have heard nothing but good about them.
     
    09-04-2009, 04:42 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove    
Check out this place: Horses Offered or LaCense - Ranch


I have heard nothing but good about them.
Thanks! Their horses look awesome. A bit pricey but you get what you pay for, another lesson I learned in the horse world... ;)
     
    09-06-2009, 09:31 PM
  #6
Started
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Originally Posted by ognend    
Thanks! Their horses look awesome. A bit pricey but you get what you pay for, another lesson I learned in the horse world... ;)
This summer I bought a grade Paint(looks like there's some Arab in there to me) for under $500. For my granddaughter, who has had great fear issues. She had to get over her worry that he might do something wrong. I rode him in the Flinthills, down my back roads, and in a parade to be sure he was safe for her. He is great....... Could someone mess him up and turn him into a nutcase? Heck yes..........

Just wanted to say the cost of the animal isn't always a testimony to their suitablility.

Good luck in your search. While you're at it, be sure you learn all you can about the language of the horse.
     
    09-14-2009, 04:05 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by Appyt    
This summer I bought a grade Paint(looks like there's some Arab in there to me) for under $500. For my granddaughter, who has had great fear issues. She had to get over her worry that he might do something wrong. I rode him in the Flinthills, down my back roads, and in a parade to be sure he was safe for her. He is great....... Could someone mess him up and turn him into a nutcase? Heck yes..........

Just wanted to say the cost of the animal isn't always a testimony to their suitablility.

Good luck in your search. While you're at it, be sure you learn all you can about the language of the horse.
Hi,

I paid someone a lot of money to teach me and my horse. It took a lot of time, I work full time so every single weekend I trailered across the state to learn and I even spent my two week vacation learning and working with the horse. I think I put in a lot more time than a lot of people usually do when playing with horses because I have never been around them and I am not stupid enough to just jump on the first one and go on the trail, don't want to be a statistic. I genuinely think trail riding can be safe. But at the same time, I don't want to be a trainer, I just want a good horse that I don't have to worry about.

The "language of the horse"? Well, I tried learning it and this is what I understand from my horse's violent rearing and kicking when I ask him to go through the puddles: Me: "Go". Horse: "No...". Me: "Go!". Horse: "Screw you! I ain't going! I am scared and I don't trust you". Me: "Go!". Horse: "I am SCARED!!!!". Horse reacts and the rest is history. Now, if this was any horse I would be fine. But mine happened to have months of training and the trainer swore up and down he was safe for the trail. Even being a beginner I can see that my horse is not ready for the trail (at least not with me on his back) and I would be crazy to just jump on him and go.

By the way, my horse was a rescue and he didn't cost much (before the training).

The fact that you bought a $500 horse and it worked out is great! But, you seem to have been around horses more than me so you can a) judge the horse and b) stay on him when/if he rears/bucks/kicks with you on top. If my brother/father/mother/aunt/uncle were horse people, I would take any of their horses and ride them, no questions asked. For the rest of us who don't have relatives and best friends to find us that precious horse who will take care of us, we pay people to teach us and train our animals. Many of those people turn out to be backyard hacks who are in it just to take your money and people like me are easy pray.
     
    09-14-2009, 08:36 PM
  #8
Foal
Hi ~ I got my Spotted Saddle horse who is a wonderful trail horse from a farm in Virginia by the name of Bailey's Walking-After-Midnight Farm (formerly Black Widow Farm). They invite you to come and spend a couple of days with them and ride the trails there. They also stand behind the horse you purchase - if you aren't happy you can trade for another. I couldn't be happier with my guy. Website is www.walkingaftermidnight.com. Good luck with your search!
     
    09-14-2009, 08:49 PM
  #9
Foal
Forgot to mention they specialize in helping beginners find a horse that suits them. And believe me, I am a beginner ......
     
    09-14-2009, 09:29 PM
  #10
Foal
I'm so sorry - I gave you the wrong link - it's www.blackwidowfarm.com.
     

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