Thank you.....just for sharing
I just wanted to say thanks to this forum. So many of the posters here are generous with your advise, time and insight. I recently (well today actually) returned my horse to the seller. I have only returned to horses recently after years away from them. My 6 year old daughter also takes lessons and rides. I looked at a few horses before purchasing a beautiful paint gelding. My friend who is also a trainer, insisted that his pushy and mouthy behavior could be "easily" dealt with and against my better judgement bought the horse. I put my heart and soul (and much$$$) into the last two months. But the extreme amount of mouthing (ultimately biting and leaving large bruises) and reluctant/bad attitude under saddle, proved to be a project way beyond my scope. And neither one of my trainers wanted to take him on. The feeling was that he would never be trustworthy around my child and he and I are just not a good match.....even with professional guidance. Sigh.....I did it all right. PPE,rode several times, asked all the right questions.Then I did it all wrong... I didn't listen to my gut, ignored troubling hints,relied on the wrong advise, and was impatient (plus he was sooo pretty.....oyy). So now I lost money and have to try and rebuild my funds and my confidence. BUT I have spent quite a bit of time cruising the forum tonight. It helps to hear other, much more experienced horse people admit they too have made dumb purchases,sometimes more than once!. Knowing that I'm not the first to jump into the wrong horse makes this whole mess a bit easier to stomach. Thank you guys for sharing your experiences.....even when they were your mistakes.