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post #1 of 13 Old 02-27-2020, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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Should I sell

Ok so I've owned this gelding for 5 years now hes a big 16.2 hh quarter horse. He can be a big sweetie. Now short versions of our storey owned him 3 months fell hurt myself pretty bad broke a few ribs took months almost a year for me to start to feel confident again and guess what got bucked off cuz my foot hit his butt as I mounted. Been scared sence. I get on every now and then and walk and jog. But mainly I've kept him and half leased him. Recently I have a new rider on his back and when she asks to lope he throws a buck. But she can handle it she get after him and then he does as hes told. This horse is also very touching in the back end.like I said earlier if u mount and touch his butt he gets up set. When brushing him u have to be very careful when at his rear end. Hes kicked me one time and kicked out a wheel barrow or a cat cuz they've touched him. I've worked really hard at getting him used to being touch but I think it's just him. Now here the thing I can only afford 1 horse my daughter is 5 and wants to ride. I'm thinking he is way to much for her but my trainer like hes fine. I do not want my kid hurt. So do I sell and get something smaller and much more gentle or do I keep him and work on it. I love the horse but I love my daughter more . Anyone have a experience like this ?
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post #2 of 13 Old 02-27-2020, 12:02 PM
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First off, glad you are feeling better and I am sorry about your accident. It can be very hard to get that confidence back after a tragedy.

Have you had him checked out by a vet? It sounds like it could be pain-related, the bucking and being sensitive. Him kicking out to the touch makes me think he could be uncomfortable/in pain somewhere especially in the hind end. When you groom him as well, makes me think pain. He should not be kicking out when you go to touch him. I would certainly rule out any pain/discomfort. Horses usually react like that if they are uncomfortable.

I would figure out what is causing those issues first before selling him, because he will become someone else's problem.

Ride more, worry less.
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post #3 of 13 Old 02-27-2020, 12:10 PM
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I would absolutely sell him. Horses are supposed to be fun. He's not fun for you. You're afraid of him, with good reason. If you get hurt, you're less available for your daughter. And if she gets hurt, it would be tragic.

Get a been there, done that, easygoing horse that you can relax on and build confidence on. It doesn't matter what your trainer thinks in this situation. It matters what YOU think.
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post #4 of 13 Old 02-27-2020, 12:30 PM
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This is not a horse that a 5 yr old should be learning to ride on.
If your lease lady can ride and handle him it shows that he would be ok for a rider with a lot more confidence and experience, this would be a better life for that horse.
You are not enjoying him and I can't see that improving as you have had him for five years.

my thoughts are to find another horse a real Steady Eddy type that is much more dependable and well trained for you and your daughter to have and enjoy being with.
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post #5 of 13 Old 02-27-2020, 01:41 PM
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A horse you are afraid of is not a horse you should own. You are afraid...deeply so of this animal.
This horse has issues and unless you want to once again risk injury to you or your daughter...no, just no.

What sounds like sudden onset of now bucking with a new leaser...
I would absolutely be looking for a tack problem as that kind of reaction is exactly what horses do when confronted with pain and the riders refusal to listen to the horses warnings.

Sell him, yes indeed.
Not to be nasty but...
I would be questioning that trainer and where their head is at if they know this horses behaviors and would put a 5 year old on him...yea, no.
16.2 hands of power is not where you put a 5 year old...not on your horse with his known problems.
Never!

Sell the horse.
Disclose he is touchy about his hind end both from the ground and astride if touched...to me it isn't a deal breaker but something need aware of.

You need to get your horse evaluated for what he is worth.
If you can find a sale barn, put your horse in it knowing his worth and what you must pocket to find another horse in his place.
Sale barns usually have better than average riders who will handle bad behaviors astride, make corrections and have a larger amount of people looking for sale prospects come through the door.
A sale barn will also ride the horse at all gaits in demonstration shown...the sale barn staff will ride, part of why they get their commission price/paid and you don't have to nor do you need to be in attendance during potential sales/showing of the animal. Actually it is better if you, the owner is not present.

I can only imagine a large 16.2 hand Quarter Horses worth just because people want size, they want the bigger the better today.
You say he can be a "sweetie", but he has this quirk...
You've got the "big", now you need to find "the better" both for you and for your daughters safety.

What size horse do you need?
That is where I would start...
Right now, dead of winter but spring coming along is a buyers time and market...
Take some lessons on any new horse prospect, handle the horse entirely on your own so you find any "quirks" like what you have and can't deal with if honest.
Don't buy a baby or "just-started" but more a horse with a bit of age so chances are the horse is set in their ways, habits are formed and what you see is what you get personality found.
You need to look not just for you but for your daughter to be safe with, around and astride so she can ride and enjoy special time with her mom.
Those horses are absolutely out there...
Today, look at the teenage aged horse as horses often ride into their late 20's and sometimes those with a bit of age on them can be had for dirt cheap and are often over-looked for the school-masters they are = worth their weight in gold.
When you find "your new-one" do a PPE to make sure health issues are not a issue.

Once this currently owned horse is found a new home, then go find yourself a steady riding partner.
Take some lessons in the meantime to get your confidence back.
Sell, you bet...
In the meantime...
Do not allow your daughter on this horse regardless of what this trainer says...the horse is to big for her, has issues that could...don't even go there...just no to her being in close proximity to the animal except to pet the neck, even then only with strict supervision.
Your daughter is a "peanut" compared to this horse...most 5 year olds are tiny.
That "peanut" does not need to have its shell cracked by your kicker, bucker or anything else he is doing that could put her in jeopardy.
If she is wanting to ride...put her in lessons on size appropriate animals of larger pony to smaller horse.
Just think of where her small legs would be on your current horse of this size...it isn't safe for her, period.
Sorry, but no, no way-no how would my child be anywhere near a horse I am afraid of to ride and handle and who has hurt me, the experienced rider now 2x...just no way!

Your guts instincts are right...
Sell this animal, and find another, a match you can enjoy riding, spending time with and owning.
A animal your daughter can also ride and share special times with her mom.
Look for and find a animal who has a very forgiving nature and accepts bumbles as nonchalantly, not as a explosion...
Oh...the perfect horse is out there waiting for you...
Sell this one and then enjoy the search for a new partner, one safe for both of you to be around and astride.

If this was my horse, the ad would be made, the sale barn and evaluation done and the horse headed for a new home... get moving.
It is a buyers market but also a sellers for I bet what you have sitting in a stall you are frightened to ride and handle.
You have a dull diamond just waiting for a experienced rider/handler...just needs a bit of polishing.
...

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post #6 of 13 Old 02-27-2020, 02:00 PM
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Maybe the lady leasing the horse would buy him? She enjoys riding him...

I do not think this is the right horse for your daughter to learn on, but IMO getting lessons for her or even leasing a pony for her would be better than buying another horse right now.

Take your time and see how she does and if she enjoys it. You two could take lessons together even, on nice Steady Eddie's
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post #7 of 13 Old 02-27-2020, 05:33 PM
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Yes. Sell this horse now. Your 5 year old shouldn't be anywhere near a giant horse that kicks and bucks anytime something brushes up against its hind end!
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post #8 of 13 Old 02-27-2020, 05:40 PM
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If your trainer likes him so much, maybe she can buy him from you LOL. Or like @AnitaAnne said, maybe the leasing lady would buy him. This is not a horse a five-year-old should be riding, absolutely not.

I like the idea of selling this horse and having her take lessons on a lesson horse for a while. See if she really even likes riding after she's done it for a while. You could be saving up money in the meantime...

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post #9 of 13 Old 02-27-2020, 06:11 PM
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He sounds uncomfortable, especially if you've had him for 5 years and this has only come up in the last year. Get a vet out to do a full lameness exam.


Aside from that, I wouldn't want to put a 5yr old on a horse who's reaction to being uncomfortable is to buck. After the vet has seen him and that's sorted out, it wouldn't be wrong to look at selling him. Or, full lease him to someone and find a full lease for yourself and kid.
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post #10 of 13 Old 02-27-2020, 09:02 PM
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I did not read responses. Did not need to. the IMMEDIATE answer is YES! Sell him. just do it.


loving him has nothing to do with it. He is not a good choice for either you or your daugther. you will be so much happier in a nice, trustworthy horse.


best of luck!
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