Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: west palm beach, fl
Im currently trying to purchase a horse. I need something with the potential to be a level headed all around mount. Jumps up to 2ft, can trail, mild mannered in the arena, good turn around a barrel even without the speed. Kids will be riding this horse EVENTUALLY. Whatever horse I buy has six months to turn into a suitable intermediate lesson horse or it will be passed o to a suitable home.
From the second horse A got to the barn, I liked him. He was very anti-people. Very defensive. But there was something. He reared, he bit, he stomped at you. (im pretty sure he was proud cut) he had no respect on the line, and even less under saddle. Cues confused him, and he was rebroken by a woman and her son who both have the hardest hands I've ever seen. A teen girl started working with him for a few months and made some good progress. She had nice light hands, and last time I got on him he had a willing and comfortable walk and trot. He tugged the reins a bit, not sure what to do with contact. He was a little forward, but manageable. That's as far as she got into working with him before the son took back over. At the canter, he's a giraffe with a gaping mouth and a panicked eye. Thanks to most of his handlers being wary, the biting has eased, ad so has the rearing. He's still a nervous wreck but he's made progress. Hasnt reared in nearly 3 months. He's barefoot, and sound on all surfaces. His legs are sound, he needs some topline and better nutrition. He's got some demodex mange on his face, ad his coat is CRAPPY. He's 12 yrs old, 15.2 h, and nearly matches me horse perfectly in color. Although, he's a max frame, and she's a 50/50.
Horse B, I've seen ridden many times. She's got a good barrel. She seemed pretty responsive. Everybody at the barn loves her. Yesterday I got on her for the first time. They handed me a bit I've ever seen before. It had chain in the middle (across her tongue) and little nobs on the end. It was way to low in her mouth, had a 1/4in rawhide hackamore/noseband thing, and 3in shanks. I hopped on her bareback, having heard she was an awesome ride and so easy. (seriously doubted her skills when I saw the bridle) she's got a pretty bouncy trot, not a big deal. What is a big deal is her bracing her head to the right and dropping shoulder left to turn. I didnt like the speeding off to the gate either. And when I asked for a canter, I got a dead run, and a fight to stop. She had her mouth gaped and her back hollow the WHOLE time, except walking. Everybody seems to love this mare, but I am slightly upset with the whole thing. I found out after that when the current owner had gotten her, she was lazy, long, and low. She was worked into this attitude, the owner wanted her hyped. She's 15.1, sound, with front shoes (i guess she goes lame when you take em off, but she's ever been given recovery time to harden up) her confo is...interesting but she's sound. 16yrs old
Rereading it, it seems like its a easy decision. So why am I having such a hard time? I feel like horse B would take a LOT more retraining. Horse A has some pretty bad habits though, even if he has worked them out a bit. I feel like A would take to what I need him for much quicker. But B, I dunno.