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    12-11-2013, 02:08 PM
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Glad he isn't anymore damaged than a few cuts and scraps. A trainer is probably going to make him a great horse for you.
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    12-11-2013, 05:43 PM
I'm glad you have a trainer working with him :) I feel like you guys can work it out, just you need to know how to get through to him. Trainers specialize in that!
    12-11-2013, 09:25 PM
I am lucky enough to have a trainer less than a mile away ... she's not only going to work with Jet but work with us both ...I have some confidence to build...and could improve on my skills also... Im confident this will have a positive outcome for us ... just have to stick it out and keep working on it...he has shown some improvement... he's showing that he trusts me a lot more than he did...I've been working on not being a worry wart and I think that he's picking up on my change. I've learned to be more assertive and less timid when working him .. will keep everyone updated along our journey :)
    12-11-2013, 11:12 PM
Green Broke
Well, dang, I hadn't been on this thread in a while and missed the exchange. When I read that I though "Good deal" until I read the update.

Dang, what kind of bad habits did good old Buck have?

Jet may have learned some vital horsey lessons while getting the snot kicked out of him by two stallions. I hope it all works out for you!!!
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    12-12-2013, 08:55 AM
I hope things work out for you. I am also in Georgia, North Georgia, near Calhoun, where are you???

One thing you might try is to ride with another rider who has a solid trail horse. Riding with another will help your boy settle down, especially if he is not lead horse.

    12-12-2013, 09:05 AM
Buck rode great when I tried him out prior to the exchange.... but when home he began to get really pushy ... biting everyone that would come up to the fence... when mounted at the barn he would begin to dad rode him one day and he bolted right through a wooden fence up at the barn...he would really dance around...and spin... was a pain in the rear end to tack up .... I'm 5'4 and his size on top of his manners when tacking made it so difficult...he'd yank his head up high and bolt backwards all throughout the tack up process first I thought something was wrong with the tack that was making it uncomfortable but I checked it and had someone else check it and all was fine on that front..... It kind of hit me that last day of our trial period that if I was going to deal with issues I'd rather deal with the few issues Jet and I had than the many with Buck...
    12-12-2013, 09:08 AM
I am outside of Swainsboro, Ga (Emanuel Co) I wish I had people to ride with more this time I do not... there are a lot of group rides nearby but without a trailer I often miss out.
    12-12-2013, 09:26 AM
First off... don't stay with a horse because he is beautiful(he is), and don't stay because you feel sorry for him/you/whoever!

If YOU don't feel safe... get another horse.... there is a rider out there for your boy and there is a horse out there for you!!!

I wish you were up in north Georgia also.. you really need to ride with others.. that will help your Jet.

    12-12-2013, 02:48 PM
Jet is beautiful.. and have worked with him since having him back and its amazing how just in a few days time by working on my confidence how he responds to that ...I no longer feel afraid and no longer look out for the boogers myself..and am confident that if something does scare Jet we can overcome it together.. he seems to really be listening to me and seems to be gaining some confidence himself ... he hasn't spooked once since he's been back... YAY and I'm confident that working closely with a trainer will only improve us even more...
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    12-23-2013, 10:47 AM
I'm late to this thread too and it's getting a bit old, but just thought I would throw my "two cents" in.

I agree with the poster that commented about your horse getting "beat up" by the studs. Probably just what he needed, crazy as it sounds.

Several years ago I bought a well bred weanling, brought him along slow with lots of ponying out on the trails and ground work. Started him bareback and saddled as a long two year old. Didn't start riding him until he was a three year old. That horse was a spook, no matter what I did. Terrific disposition and manners, but always "thought" he saw something and would spin and bolt. That was fun - NOT! LOL I really never knew which horse I was riding because one day he would be calm, cool and collected and the next day he would be "on the lookout" big time.

Finally when he was coming eight years and not improving, I decided to part with him. I had another young one coming up and I just knew this horse, although not intentionally, would hurt me one day. I did try to keep track of him though and found out he ended up being put in with another group of horses and was quite beat up when his new owner bought him. (long story) The new owners made a rope horse out of him and trail rode him some. I received a call from the gal wondering why I had ever parted with such a great horse.

Sometimes they just need to grow up. Sometimes they need a change of scenery and new owners. Not all horses are going to make great trail horses and are better suited to arena work where the environment is more controlled.

My heart would advise you to continue to look for a more suitable horse for yourself. You've been through too much with this horse already and it's going to be tough to "erase" that from your memory banks. Life is too short to risk injury on a horse that you know is very capable of doing you harm. Riding is dangerous enough on a "safe" horse. ;)
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