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post #1 of 8 Old 02-21-2013, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Needing Some Suggestions On New Horse

In December I got my first horse. Have wanted one my whole life and finally was able to make it happen. I fear that I rushed in way too soon though. I found a great horse( 4 year old) and fell in love with her right away. Without looking at any other horses.... And here is where it all started. I bought her even though I am a beginner rider. I had been told she was going to be great with a beginner rider and I do have a trainer working with me and her. Well, we just dont seem to click. I was told she wasnt spooky at all, but in the indoor arena thats all she does. We do good with each other on the ground, but im soo nervous in the saddle now with her. I am not sure what to do. Im absolutely certain this horse would be amazing if I were more experienced but I have lost confidence in the saddle now. Has this happened to any of you? That maybe you rushed in too soon and ended up with a horse not suited for you at all? I really do love this horse and I really dont want to sell her as I only had her for a little while. not sure what I should do!! Please if you have any suggestions let me know!! I am new to horses and am trying to learn :) I just think I made the mistake of buying pretty and young :/
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-21-2013, 09:04 PM
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Hi there. I kind of know what you are going through. I had a young, pretty horse just as you have described. He was very spooky and over reactive. He made me feel the way you did. I lost all my confidence from him. I loved how sweet he was and I had owned him since he was a weanling so I was very attached. I bounced back and forth about selling him and when he turned 5, it was a hard decision, but I ended up selling him to my trainer who really liked him. That was two years ago and I am just now confident enough to take on another horse similar to him only he is not quite as spooky. I do not regret selling him, I am much happier now that I had a chance to get my confidence back up. He just was not the right horse for me. Only you know the right decision for you, but the longer you wait, unfortunately the harder it gets. Good luck!!
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post #3 of 8 Old 02-21-2013, 11:12 PM
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sorry you are feeling that way........I also did the same thing 8yrs. ago......I bought a 3yr. mare with 30 days of riding on her and I hadn't ridden in over 30yrs.!!! She was spooky, scared of everything!
I still have her now, she will be 11yrs. old this spring and she's the best trail horse anyone could want!
The first few months I did alot of ground work with her, spending time just grooming her letting her get to know me and trust me........I rode her for the firt 3yrs. with a bareback pad and just her halter out trail riding with others, yes we did some 360's but she always stopped when I talked to her and calmed down.......I think it really helped her and I bond with the time I did spend with her.......good luck on your decision, do what's right for you........
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post #4 of 8 Old 02-21-2013, 11:34 PM
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To be honest, the age of this horse does make me think that it might be a good idea to sell. But I also wanted to ask... has this horse forcefully bucked or reared, or caused you to fall off? Has his behavior been unsafe? If yes, I would absolutely sell. If he hasn't seriously tried to hurt you, I would have a long talk with your trainer because the question is then: do I have the time to put into this horse, or do I want something a bit more finished?

Here's what I think the problem is: this horse has your number. There isn't trust or respect, which makes it easy for him to spook and misbehave with little regard for what you think or tell him. It also makes it hard for you to have confidence! And that becomes a vicious cycle.

It takes a lot of work to earn the trust of a horse so that they look to you when they spook, instead of spinning and bolting away. When I bought my gelding (also in Decmeber!), he seemed rather "bombproof." Needless to say... no horse is. ;) But after putting in time and effort on the ground and in the saddle, he will spook in place at most and wait for me to let him know if it's okay to move forward. Sometimes he'll refuse, and I'll whap him on the butt and he'll give a threatening crowhop-- but as long as I don't lose my confidence, he'll back down and we will move on happy and safe.

With the help of your trainer, you might need to spend some time on groundwork and share a few "arguments" in the saddle to prove to your horse that you are a good leader (even if you have to fake the confidence at first)! The question is whether you want to go down this path or start new with another, more seasoned horse.
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post #5 of 8 Old 02-21-2013, 11:48 PM
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post #6 of 8 Old 02-21-2013, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for the replies. Usually when she spooks she will just kind of bolt and im just not expecting it of course. She hasnt bucked or anything like that. Havent fallen off of her. Has bit me before while working on the ground. Definately dont think she has a lot of respect for me. Pretty torn with what to do. I do board her and there is a lady who also boards there who is willing to buy her. I just dont like the fact of giving up....I do think a horse with more training would make me feel more confident though.
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post #7 of 8 Old 03-13-2013, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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UPDATE::::: My decision......to keep her! In just a short amount of time we have really started to figure each other out. I Have been working on lungeing and had a few great rides where the spooking was extremely minimal in the saddle! Only happened once on our last ride and it was just a spook in place and she didnt go anywhere. Also found out that she had never been ridden in an indoor arena before. And lets just say she is a completely different horse out on the trail. We went on our first trail ride after my last post and apart from her wanting to "go" and actually getting into a full gallop at one point, we had a great time and I did gain more confidence with her. My biggest fear has always been a horse taking off with me on their back and now that it happened, I actually feel better about it because I got her to listen to me when I wanted just a walk. We still need more work for sure but I think things are going to be alright! No spook on the trail on that ride, but we will see when we go again. There was a guy riding his horse at a gallop all around the field we were in and he was always way up ahead and I think thats the reason she "took off". I appreciated everyones comments and am very happy with how this is turning out!! :)
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Congratulations.. and look forward to many more postive posts in regards to your new found stability.
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