Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: west palm beach, fl
Taking on a Rearer
So, i posted up a photo at one time of a horse i was interested in taking on. He was given to a woman at my stable, who has tried method after method with this horse, but none in the right direction. everythings been harsh bits, heavy hands, and angry faces. hes nervous, reactive, just generally so anxious he cant even see straight. he bites, he kicks, but most disturbingly, he rears. and not in an, im gonna get you way, in an omg stop it please kind of way. he doesnt want anybody near his mouth, or face. im pretty sure his teeth need doing, but he exhibits this behavior even in a hackamore which leads me to believe its all in his head.
if he spooks, he goes up, if he doesnt want to go, he goes up.
well, shes trying to sell him again. 800 obo. ive offered her 200, and ill cover his missed board. if she cant find anybody within the next couple of weeks, he'll be moving from c barn, to b barn to be with my mares, and be completely brought back down to roundpen and ground work. then saddling again til he stops the biting and the awing and the crow hopping, then it'll be pony pony pony for a LONGGGGGGG time off both Anne and Abby, to get him solid in his tack and off property. then,, ill be hopping on him ad riding him like hes never been broke before. no tension on the reins, his choice in speeds at whatever gaits, and EVERY rear gets a disengaged hindquarter and canter laps.
however, i find myself needing a bit on encouragement. i know i can ride him out, i know i can fix him, give him the ability to trust somebody whos not going to be ripping his mouth to shreds (i plan on only riding in a hack for a long time). im not sure why im apprehensive about it... hes 13yrs old, still young enough to go on and do something neat. but i wonder if he'll ever be sane enough for a less than experienced rider, whats his possible resale with training, etc.
Im kinda hoping i can post our progress here, should i end up with him. but for now, i was just wondering what you guys would have to say on this?