My horse is a brat...
Let this be a lesson to ya if you decide to buy a horse without being under the guidance of someone who knows what they're doing!
I don't regret my purchase and I'm sure things will all work out in the long run, but what I saved buying a cheaper horse, I've already spent on vet bills, extra food and will be spending a lot more on training.
I set out to buy a horse that was ready-to-go for trail and just general pleasure riding.
My supposedly nearly bomb-proof, no-vices, no buck or rear old horse is feeling his oats now that I'm feeding him well and he's managed to get a fat belly and no new muscle on top where he needs it. I don't think I can lead him around enough to get him into shape and he's a pain when ridden. He's an angel ridden in the round pen but in the large arena or g-d forbid outside of a pen/arena, he's a butt-head.
He's extremely head shy, has horrible teeth that I haven't been able to get fixed yet (the equine dentist he really needs to see is out of state till fall), won't take a bit, ignores most cues with the bitless unless we're in the pen and generally seems terrified of most tack.
I've had a lot of opinions on him and I'm told he's sound enough to ride and needs the exercise.
For now I'm leading him with my children on his back, one at a time of course. They vary in weight...50 pounds, 85 pounds, 115 pounds and 175 pounds.
He's fine if I lead with the halter and one of the smaller kids. He's very gentle and perfectly happy to walk around in circles for hours, as long as we're in the pen or arena.
He loses all manners and gets really pushy at the drop of a hat if my 14yo or 18yo ride him. If we try to have my oldest (18) rein him he starts really acting up.
My barn manager has offered to help with training and manners but he's only there midday and I have been going there around 5am to avoid the heat/sun. I suppose I'll have to get out my big girl pants and brave the elements so I can get his help and advice.
I'll probably just have to hire a trainer who can work with me early AM or at night...haven't had luck finding one yet.
I definitely should have bought a $1200 horse and not a $400 horse...I'd be ahead at this point and I'd be able to ride said horse. (The horse I leased was a TB/QH cross that was $1200 and very solid emotionally.) Now I'm waiting cause I think I'm too heavy for him.
I like him a lot...and he likes me a lot...as long as there are no saddles or bridles in view! ;) He loves that bareback pad with the little kids...he just really wants to give pony rides I guess!
Last edited by lilypoo; 07-05-2013 at 03:35 AM.