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post #1 of 4 Old 05-16-2015, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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All about my mystery mare.

I literally did not know where this topic would fit in, so I hope this is good enough.

I have this pinto mare, vet checked her teeth to be around 15 years old. We got her at an auction in I think maybe 2013, in October, for a friend who was getting into horses. Mare is a short, maybe 14.2/3hh chestnut pinto. Kind of on the stocky side. We brought her home. She chilled and got used to friend's place for a week before anyone rode her there. My parents, sister, and I went over to see how she was. I even rode her. She was fine, only problem was she wanted to nibble grass.

In the long run, friend did not give her quality time, let her get away with things. When the mare scared friend, she handed her off to her dad to ride out. Eventually I bought her in October, 2014. She was a dangerous wreck. Tore through a round pen, reared, had no respect, I had no control. Our farrier worked with her once, and I have been on her ever since. In fact, I have a show on the 23rd and I am entered in the Queen of the Rodeo with her.

This leads me to my question that I seem to have strayed off from. Once she shed out, we could see scars on both sides of her neck, same general area. Right side was much worse. Farrier (who has rodeo experience and what not) looked at them, and said they were from spurs.

So, she was a bucking bronc, or maybe someone tried to train her to be one. How likely is it that a bucking bronc can be retrained? I know it is the strap that makes them buck. I have read about broncs being regular riding mounts during the week and buckers during the weekend. Also, they tend to be crosses, right? What breed do you think she is?


Excuse my derpyness.

She keeps hanging on, to the dream she's always known, for the glory, d*mn the pain, holds it all within them reins! She is country tough and there's no giving up, from her boots down to her precious latigo. Her heart is a rodeo!
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-16-2015, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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<--- More pictures in my "barn".

She keeps hanging on, to the dream she's always known, for the glory, d*mn the pain, holds it all within them reins! She is country tough and there's no giving up, from her boots down to her precious latigo. Her heart is a rodeo!
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post #3 of 4 Old 05-16-2015, 02:04 PM
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I have read of bucking horses being retrained successfully for riding. I have not heard of any horse being a regular riding horse week days and bucking horse on the weekend -- I'd take that one with a grain of salt; while its not impossible its not that probable (why risk ruining a good riding horse or, conversely, risk ruining a good bucking horse to work in disciplines that a polar opposites).

One thing I would caution you about is that if she is indeed a reformed rodeo bronc, be careful when you take her to the rodeo grounds as the return to that environment may cause a regressive reaction in her. I actually had that happen to me when I took my retired OTTB onto the track one time -- the moment she saw where she was, she started jigging around just like she was a race horse again.

I think it is true that at least the stock used in professional rodeo circuits are frequently horses carrying draft blood in them making them fairly substantial. With regard to her breed, I can only suspect there must be some "paint" in her somewhere along the line. If you knew what area she came from, you'd may be able to refine a guess basing it on the breeds found in that area. Regardless, I like the look of her.
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post #4 of 4 Old 05-16-2015, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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I was wondering how she would act, too. Luckily, at the local shows here we don't have ally ways to run through, and it turns out she hates roping which would have put her in a chute like a bronc or bull would come out of (except no gate, lol)

She is a lovely mare, though. I really like her, and we get along great. I guess if it turns out she has problems in the arena, we can always try having the farrier (who trains colts and works with horses on their problems) work with her, he has said if I needed I can send her to him.

I live in Kansas, and that is also where the auction was. I do not remember much about the guy who auctioned her. He could be a horse dealer for all I know. I just know that I had to teach her to neck rein, back up, lunge, work off of leg and voice, and introduced barrel racing.

In Kansas Quarter Horses are the most common, along with Paints a close second. I do see the occasional Appaloosa or Thoroughbred, sometimes an Arabian or Arab cross. She has no brand, so there really is no way of knowing exactly where she came from.

She keeps hanging on, to the dream she's always known, for the glory, d*mn the pain, holds it all within them reins! She is country tough and there's no giving up, from her boots down to her precious latigo. Her heart is a rodeo!
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