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post #51 of 59 Old 05-16-2015, 05:35 PM
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She doesn't owe the horse anything. It is the OP's decision to sell or keep. A more experienced rider with strong leadership may not have any problems at all.



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She doesn't owe the horse anything. It is the OP's decision to sell or keep. A more experienced rider with strong leadership may not have any problems at all.
Of course it's her decision. People are only suggesting she figure out the issue from a professional because IMHO it's quite obvious that pain is the issue. Maybe I'm wrong, but again, I'm willing to bet that it is the issue considering all the info OP gave us.

If ANYONE owns a horse and it has a known issue (not picking up lead) and owner chooses not to figure out the cause, then yes, the owner does owe it to the horse. If not, that horse will get worse and worse and end up in a bad place end result all because the owner would not get a professional out (vet/saddle fitter/chiro). AFTER those options are exhausted then maybe this horse isn't the right one for the OP, and that's perfectly fine.

Ultimately it is the OPs decision, of course. But that being said, I 100% fail to understand why you would ignore pain - regardless of it the OP sells or not, that really isn't fair to the horse.
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If the OP sells without looking into it more that's her prerogative but it's also not giving the horse a chance in this situation. She does "owe" it to the horse (maybe not in a legal sense but in an ethical one imo) to do the best she can for him and right now she's not giving him a chance.

And yes, the very real chance that he will keep on being passed down due to people not bothering to see the issue for what it is.

There are bad horses out there. There are plenty of advanced and not suitable horses too. Then there are horses that may just have a simple issue that is preventing them from reaching their "potential". If the horse isn't a dead broke backyard "nag" because it's spine out of whack or the saddle doesn't fit and the owner doesn't bother to address those issues, no I don't think it's fair. (Or the horse could have a serious issue that would force resale but then a) the owner can say "I did what I could" and b) the horse can be sold with full disclosure to a suitable home.)
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post #54 of 59 Old 05-27-2015, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
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Update: I have decided to keep my horse and try to investigate more as to why he bucked. I have not been back on him but my instructor has ridden him several times at a walk and trot. I am working on more ground work and build up my confidence. I am having trouble now because he stops and doesn't want to lead as he once was. I am going back to the basics and will keep working with him. I am in no hurry and decided I want to help train him so I can learn him and how he thinks.

Thanks everyone for all the great advice. I am sure you will see many more posts from me over the next several months.
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post #55 of 59 Old 05-27-2015, 01:48 AM
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Honestly, if I were you I'd look into finding another trainer, or at least get a second opinion. It sounds like your trainer might be scared or not giving you two the best guidance you could get.
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Honestly, if I were you I'd look into finding another trainer, or at least get a second opinion. It sounds like your trainer might be scared or not giving you two the best guidance you could get.
Agreed, I still feel that it is a bit sus that your trainer has not cantered him as that is where the problem is but I am really glad you have kept your horse!
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post #57 of 59 Old 05-27-2015, 04:25 AM
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Yeah, I'm confused too..I read through the whole thread and again, why is your instructor not cantering him? Has she given an explanation for this?
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post #58 of 59 Old 05-27-2015, 07:10 AM
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None of us has the "perfect horse". My old horse that I have had for a long time is close to a perfect trail horse, but he had his own quirks. He does not like to stand still on the trail, he figures he's out there for a reason, and likes to go. So it is a compromise between us that I let him set the pace. But he is not doing something that puts me in a dangerous situation as an older rider. If you have decided to go on with this horse, more power to you, you want to figure him out. Just do not put yourself in a dangerous situation.
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post #59 of 59 Old 05-27-2015, 09:59 AM
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Update: I have decided to keep my horse and try to investigate more as to why he bucked. I have not been back on him but my instructor has ridden him several times at a walk and trot. I am working on more ground work and build up my confidence. I am having trouble now because he stops and doesn't want to lead as he once was. I am going back to the basics and will keep working with him. I am in no hurry and decided I want to help train him so I can learn him and how he thinks.

Thanks everyone for all the great advice. I am sure you will see many more posts from me over the next several months.
Happy to hear you are keeping your horse. I just read the thread and I think this horse could be in pain, kudos to you for investigating that.

I also believe your instructor is not doing any good, it sounds like they are either nervous, or inexperienced and with that said, probably not the best for you and your horse.

You mentioned your horse is usually good at the walk and trot and that the canter is the issue. With your instructor only riding walk and trot, that tells me they don't know how to handle it if a situation arises, and they are letting the horse get the upper hand, because your horse has effectively learned that "if i buck someone off, i don't have to work as hard anymore."

Also, a big tip to see if it is pain related is if the issue is repeatable. If the horse only does it with you, you will know it's lessons and training that you need. If it is repeatable with another rider, or on the ground/ free lunging, it is more likely that its pain, from misalignment, saddle fit, or both.
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