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post #1 of 8 Old 05-22-2016, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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What is the most difficult horse you've trained and why?


Chip, a TB x QH, was probably the most difficult horse for me. She bucked, reared, kicked, hauled off, bit - you name it, she did it! Though, after she was trained, she was so sweet. :)
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-22-2016, 09:38 PM
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Probably Julius. Spoiled, bad habits, stubborn, I can deal with it. Julius is so sensitive, but internalizes it all. He's not the smartest, but tries hard and stresses when he gets confused. Add it a bit of hot and a whole lot of athleticism. It's a huge learning curve for me to read him.

I conceded and he's with my trainer. Talking with him today, said I probably won't be able to ride him for a while. :/
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post #3 of 8 Old 05-22-2016, 10:03 PM
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Cowboy...by far. Foundation bred QH. That horse is so messed up in the head he thinks if I go to touch his shoulder, his rear end, his neck, his face I am going to hit him and flinches in expectation of it. No matter how often I have proven otherwise, he seems hard wired to expect human touch = pain.

Rearing, bucking, bad manners, there is usually a way to fix those things. A horse that comes to you already that messed in the head....maybe I need a pet psychic.....;)

Never relaxes, never moves freely, always looks one second away from a mental meltdown. What a miserable way to feel. Never safe always threatened.
He let me put the lead rope over his neck to halter him tonight without showing me the whites of his eyes and tensing up every muscle in his body ready to defend himself and took a treat without craning his neck out afraid to come closer. Progress……slow but steady.
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post #4 of 8 Old 05-22-2016, 10:53 PM
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Miss Kitty, our rescued TWH mare with a long confirmed history of abuse and mishandling. She was fearful, head shy, and hard to catch, shaking in fear when you haltered and tried to work with her, tense so she appeared to be on the edge of exploding, and wanted nothing to do with humans. Two experienced, excellent trainers felt she was too traumatized to ever been safe under saddle. However, determination, time, years of building a deep bag of tricks, willingness to think outside the box, and listening to what she was trying to tell me overcame her past. Today she keeps me safe as we trail ride, work cattle, and fly over jumps! Her only fault is a love for long discussions when she wants to voice her opinion!
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-23-2016, 01:28 PM
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For me, unquestionably, it is Isabeau. I've had her 3 years and these days I think she is really starting to come around. If you care to read the long version, here it is: https://www.horseforum.com/member-jou...-queen-637890/

The short version is that she was given to my neighbor when an acquaintance couldn't handle her. She had bought her from the breeder and soon discovered the mare had many surprising issues that did not show when she rode her around in a little arena for 15 minutes. Although she had a two week guarantee, the breeder refused to take her back (no kidding!) so our acquaintance gave her to my neighbor.

I thought her issues would be easily resolved with lots of quiet regular riding. They weren't. Her main problem was that when she decided she was done being ridden, she would rear up and fall over sideways with her rider. She didn't care if she was headed home or with other horses, when she was done, she expected the rider to GET OFF or she would get them off.

She would not ride out alone, haul in a trailer, face scary situations (like water or fire), or really do anything she decided she didn't want to do. She was a young horse who was just barely green broke, and to the best of my knowledge, green broke by kids.

I kept her because she was a dream to ride when she was actually riding. I just couldn't believe it would be that hard to eradicate her faults. It was. But I never gave up. I just kept quietly working with her. As BSMS says, "This will profit you. This will profit you not."

She still is incredibly fun to ride, full of pep and zip, brave as a lion, glass smooth gait, I just don't get tired riding her. I now can ride her solo anywhere, she has taken some novices safely, she is much much better riding in a trailer, though we are still not quite done with the terror of the trailer, we are very close. Best of all, we are a team now, she and I. I listen to her. She listens to me. I wouldn't sell her for a million dollars.
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-23-2016, 03:10 PM
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The most difficult horse for me was one I spent a week trying to help and ended up throwing in the towel. A family member used to raise sport horses and years ago had one that didn't get handled, never got gelded and has sat for 9+ years. I spent a week trying to get through to him but he quickly became aggressive when any amount of pressure was put on him (like asking him to move forward in the pen, no halter or anything on him, simply trying to initiate an interaction). He's nowhere as bad as the infamous stud in the Buck movie, but his mannerisms are very similar. After a week I bowed out and said I don't have the skill set needed for this horse without someone getting hurt or killed.
Interestingly enough that week they found their breeding log and he was out of a dam they saved from slaughter because she turned one day and got aggressive. I had to bite my tongue so hard. WHY would you breed a horse who has such behavior problems!? Thor (troubled horse) was her only progeny, thankfully.

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Mine's name was Lily. My horse tore a muscle down her back and couldn't be ridden anymore. I needed a horse, but I didn't have much money. A cowboy around where I was had Lily.

She was pretty and well bred and $1,000, and that's what I had. He told me she was a tough customer, but after this little mare blew up with me in front of him he also said I could ride her.

I stole some rides on her. I had gotten a little scared of her after she hit a fence, but I worked with her in a half-butt manner like a scared person will do. Then, we moved ranches and she went a couple weeks without being ridden.

I figured I'd better get on her, but I was really scared after I saddled her up. She was splayed out and shaking and I didn't think I could ride what she was going to dish out. My husband fought with me in front of everyone (for some reason there was quite the crowd). He was mad and he expected me to get on her, and I'd never gotten scared of a horse before.

Our fight was show enough for everyone watching. Anyways, I finally said I'd ride her, but he should put the snaffle on her. When he walked up to her she struck him in the face and split his chin to bone. Needless to say, I didn't get on her that day.

I traded her to a guy known to ride horses that no one else could or would I guess. He rode her with some pretty big wrecks. He sold her as a brood mare with the promise that the buyer would never ride her. Well, I figure God was looking out for that woman because she was getting it in her head that she could ride Lily. Then her horses got into a bad mineral block and Lily died.
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post #8 of 8 Old 05-23-2016, 03:15 PM
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I had a colt who would buck anyone off. It was ridiculous. Never did get him rode. Couldn't find anything wrong with him. Never knew when he was going to explode, somedays he was fine and the others he was not. Sent him down the road.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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