Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
OK, as a fellow OTTB owner, I'm going to level with you. I know Kayty is as well, and if she reads this she'll probably agree with me. These guys like to have a job. They like to have purpose, not just sit around and get fat in a pasture somewhere. I LOVED riding Ice, because he was so eager to please and just incredibly willing to do whatever I asked of him the best way that he knew how. Thats more or less the reason I still continue working with him, because I do believe that he can be brought back with a little bit of pushing, I did it once and I can do it again. I'm willing to seek help if necessary, but I always am going to try it first on my own. I do have a little bit more experience with horses than you, I'm also older and know when I have to suck it up and just let it go. Thats why Ice is also for sale.
Your jumping success has NOTHING to do with whether he likes you or not, or your "bond", because he probably doesn't give a crap about you. I know that Ice just puts up with me, which as it appears Chinga at this point does not do to you. Your success has 100% to do with the fact that being ridden is the one time where Chinga is confident and knows what is expected of him--if you send him over jumps, he'll go over jumps because that is what he has been trained to do, listen to his rider above all else. Its why race horses when they get tired don't give up and fall back, they keep going because they were trained to listen to the jockey who's spurring him on with a crop and his seat position.
Ice is the first horse I could really call my own, and I want the best for him, whatever that means. I know that I may not be the perfect home he deserves, but with a little bit of work I could be pretty bang up. If something comes along thats better for him in the long run, where he will be used to his full potential and be happy, by all means I'll trailer him there myself. It will be hard but I love him enough to give him to someone else.
Unfortunately our horses don't give a crap if we love them or not. If they did I'm pretty sure HAF would not have had to sell Chance because even with Lyme disease and past abuse, she would have understood how much time and effort that girl put into her. Our horses would not bolt, buck us off, or kick out at us because they would understand that they make us happy. But horses are not people.
Last edited by justsambam08; 05-15-2010 at 11:50 PM.