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post #21 of 24 Old 12-04-2016, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for replying!!! I really hope that mare does find a good home -- everything about that place was awful!
The pens were tiny (and there were about 3-4 horses in each) and almost a foot deep in mud! The mare was underfed, her saddle was cheap and ill fitting, her bridle was extremely tight, and the bit wasn't right for her either. There are over 60 horses there on less than 40 acres (most of which is taken up by sheds), and maybe 8 stalls. That place should be shut down.
I wish I had the money to rescue her, but I'm not experienced enough to ride a spooky horse and I'm on a budget and can't afford to board two ...
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post #22 of 24 Old 12-07-2016, 04:55 AM
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Wow, dream horse or what hey? Why not ask if you could take her on trial, look after her for a couple of weeks and once she's settled in mark down any problems you encounter, (fingers crossed not too many) and see if your trainer can help you overcome them or if she really is 'too much horse' for you!
Saying that, I really do think you two will get on great, and remember if one 18 year old can care for her, why can't you?
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post #23 of 24 Old 12-07-2016, 08:08 AM
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You may have dodged a bullet, OP.

Even if she had behaved perfectly, that environment could easily have given her underlying issues.

I'm another one who has looked at dozens of horses; some were too big, some too small, some malnourished, some obese, some dead to aids, some super sensitive. And yet, almost all of their ads read very similarly. You can't know until you go and see, and ride, a horse. A dressage-trained TB I went to see, I expected to be far too sensitive for me. Instead we worked beautifully together, and I was SO considering getting him, but he wasn't suited to what I wanted. A QH I went to see sounded half-dead, but he was so sensitive that we both got confused and were a horrible match, even though his personality really clicked with me.

If nothing else, use the 'dud' horses you look at to your advantage - every horse you ride can teach you something about yourself. I had a dressage rider/trainer tell me, an overweight, barely-educated trail rider, that I had a lovely light seat and was a great match for the horse she was selling - there are no words for what that does for your confidence!
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post #24 of 24 Old 12-07-2016, 09:23 AM
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Oh my, reading your most recent post on here yes you definitely dodged a bullet. That wouldn't have ended well. That's why it's definitely important to go check out a horse and really take note of their conditions and living spaces. Whew! I hope someone does take her in though.
Now, onto the next prospect?! :)
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