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post #11 of 22 Old 07-16-2010, 09:31 PM
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If I were you I would get a different horse. If you were experienced that would be one thing, but you aren't. I got an 18 year old mare for my first horse and she has never bucked or reared in her life her owners said. We also know them so that helps! She has been perfect - lots of go in her and speed but she doesn't do anything dangerous and listens real well.

I would also try the horse out many times before you get a new one. Also show up to see the horse at times that they aren't expecting you so that you will know for sure that the horse is not drugged or something.

Really sorry this happened to you with your first horse. That can really hurt your confidence but I wouldn't let it stop you. Find a horse that has good manners and will not be dangerous. I also would advise you get some lessons. They really help to at least give you the basics.
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post #12 of 22 Old 07-16-2010, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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We are heading to a lesson barn after we sell Gracie.

My mom wants me to ride this new horse (the one that we next purchase) for about a month at the stable. Then we can buy the horse if it works out.

My parents may call Ray back and see if he can come ride her for a while. Get her sorted out maybe.
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post #13 of 22 Old 07-16-2010, 09:35 PM
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Maybe you could find someone who could train her and train you to ride her. Our one trainer sometimes brings her old mare with her when she's giving lessons. That way she can train the rider, the horse, then both together.
However if you don't think you will be comfortable riding her then forget it. It doesn't matter if someone else can ride her & you can't.
I can't believe they sold her to you knowing that you were a beginner. That is so irresponsible. You could have been seriously hurt. You're very lucky.

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post #14 of 22 Old 07-16-2010, 09:48 PM
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I know how you feel 6 yrs ago I had to sell my first horse less than a month after I bought him. I was told by the man i got him from that he was totally fine for me to show(even though he had a hitch in his back leg) and also that he was beginner safe. BULL...the horse's first owner found me later and told me that this horse would kill me if I ever rode him in an arena he was a "man's horse"(meaning he was very very strong)(also this horse was deaf) well he reared over me, struck at me, backed up and tried to kick me and bucked me off numerous times in the short time I owned him. Then one day it was the final straw...i was trying to lead him out of the round pen( i had stopped trying to ride him at this point because he had bucked me off and reared with me so much) and he took off and slammed me into the round pen with his hind end. the lead rope got caught around my hand and ripped a few layers of skin off and he booked around the took quite a few people to catch him......let's just say I learned my lesson....Don't always believe the seller especially when it seems too good to be true and for your first horse have a horse savvy person with you. I was scared of that horse and u should never be scared of the horse you're riding....I hope you find a true beginner safe horse for yourself Good Luck and keep your confidence up!

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post #15 of 22 Old 07-16-2010, 09:57 PM
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I knwo how you feel. I bought 2 horses under false pretenses(you think I woulda learned the first time). They were both sold as solidly broke/kids have ridden her. They both were crazy. Sell her before you get hurt. Sellers like that make it difficult for people like me to sell a horse because some of us are actually honest. I lay out all the facts for people when they ask about my horse. I don't hide anything cause I don't have time to think that much about it. *bangs head* I hate people sometimes lol.

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post #16 of 22 Old 07-16-2010, 10:06 PM
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Have you tried the bucking strap? Monty Roberts has worked with a lot of horses with bucking problems, and he solves them all by using a bucking strap. It's worth reading up on.....there's some videos on youtube of it inn action, and it works very well.

Sorry you're being forced to sell Gracie soo soon after buying her. I remember you were so excited to get her :)
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post #17 of 22 Old 07-16-2010, 10:22 PM
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Okay, do NOT call the previous owner back out to *fix* her. If they could fix her, they would have already done so. Most likely they were over their heads with her problems and therefore sold her to get rid of her.

Have her evaluated by a real trainer to find out why she's acting like this.
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post #18 of 22 Old 07-17-2010, 12:45 AM
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Honestly, get back on that mare. Try groundwork before you sell her, she could teach you a lot! I was a beginer when I got my two ponies, and they were pretty green. My gelding, Phillip, has anxiety; he's a spooker. And Savannah is a rotten mare, bucks, rears, bolts, kicks.. The works. Savannah and Phillipo, just in a year and a few months, have taught me so much. I'm pretty much breaking young hunter A circut ponies now, because Savannah taughyt me how to ride out rears and bucks, Phillipo taught me how to de-spook. Both have taught me paitents, and to get back on. Phillip spooked & almost broke my neck.. Well, actually it was my fault, I threw myself off.. But right after (I landed on my face, almost broke my nose, bent my neck, and threw my back out of line.) I got back on and trotted, and cantered I'm pretty sure. You're supposed to get back up & ride everytime, even if you're scared.

Good luck with whatever you do, though. :)
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post #19 of 22 Old 07-22-2010, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Well, she is basically sold A guy and his wife are coming out on Sunday. He said that form the pictures, even if she can only be a broodmare, he wants her. He is sure that he will be able to get on her and just ride. He has broken many horses in his lifetime, he has been looking for a project horse, but when he seen her he wanted her. She is already basically 'broke'. He is very confident on horses, I think that he and his family will be good for her. He lives 20 minutes away, and said that we can come visit her if he does get her.
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post #20 of 22 Old 07-22-2010, 07:49 PM
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I am so sorry.

It is good that she is going to a good home. I know it will be hard for you to let her go. Before you go and buy another horse, I would start looking for some honest horsepeople to go with you when look at potential horses. They can ride the horse for you and tell you a lot about the personality of the horse and the temperment. Since they are an impartial third party, their emotions won't get in the way of their advice and they have nothing to gain by getting the horse sold.

I am truly sorry. I can't imagine having to sell my first horse.

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