Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
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I don't buy that degree of acting up, due to ulcers, just putting a saddle pad on.
Yes, it is politically correct, and hence I alway do it, far as putting in 'the rule out all pain disclaimer'
which is understood to cover both tack fit and a physical condition
I also see as pain a reason always jumped on first, making all our horses today sound like some mis bred animals so prone to all kinds of stuff, hardly even worked
This is not meant to give the impression that I think one should not rule out a pain issue, just that I see it as too often used as a cop out, for any horse mis behavior, when in reality, that horse needs more miles and wet saddle blankets, things our horses today often do not get enough of.
Also, a respectful horse, even in pain, does not show that degree of disrespect, but a good horseman will recognize when that horse is not quite himself-short striding, ect
Horses will also test new riders. Perhaps this horse was ridden more regularly in his old place, had more black and white boundaries
Very often one hears of a horse, sent out to a trainer, to have a month or so put on him. At first, when that horse comes home, he rides fine for his owner. Then, that owner does not put the regular time on that horse, who is still basically green, thus needs months of regular good riding to become 'solid', plus that owner lets little things slip, that the trainer never did. Horses can become un trained, as well as trained
All at once, that owner has a different horse then the one that came home from that trainer!
Get her checked out
If all is fine, get a trainer to assess as to how broke this horse really is
Last edited by Smilie; 01-07-2016 at 01:28 PM.