Being attached to a horse....I dont know about it being a problem...I think sometimes it can be a good thing. Yes I might be attached to this horse but it's not JUST because she's a pretty face and bloodlines...like some may say...because I actually have another horse that has 0 bloodlines is half mustang x qh and had a super meanrough start (she bit a piece of my ear...16 stitches later, and it's fine) but I kept her because I was attached to her HUGE HEART. Just in case people try to twist this ...AGAIN...the horse that bit me was NOT the same horse that bucked me...2 TOTALLY different horses..different breeds, ages, and all...just so the story's straight!! Some might say ...oh a horse that bucks like that doesnt have a huge heart but thats bull. She is obviously trying to tell me something that I missed..thats why I am going to have x rays done, switch her off the oats as soon as I find something suitable, try a different cinch, and most importantly...be PATIENT with her. I really appreciate all of the people on here who gave me all of this GREAT information, things to try, and inspiring words. As for the ones who tell me to sell her, every person is entitles to their own opinion I guess until you actual know THIS particular horse, you can't really say that I should get rid of HER...other horses, maybe but she is something else. I wouldn't have went through all of the time to write this HUGE message BEGGING for people's help, advice, input, and tips ....or talk about how she bucked me off, if I was going to sell her...because, well, that would just be stupid (and wouldnt really encourage customers haha; I wrote this because I cared enough about her and want to look past it and move on and find a different approach to what I'm doing now because obviously something's not working....
As for her being "a bad horse", I wouldnt say shes a bad horse, I personally think she might have a bad attitude but it has been pointed out to me that thay may have been caused by me asking for too much too soon and without ENOUGH rewards. I am so quick to get (point out to her) on her when she does bad things, and I sometimes forget to reward her when she does "the right thing"...thinking from a horse's point of view...that would tick me off too. I am going to just go back to basics and really make sure her foundation is really strong, before I worry about introducing her back to the pattern. Last night I rode her and made sure to really pat her on the back and let her know when she did what I want and just from that, her riding, attitude, and security was noticable...more so than usual. I am also going to try and pick my battles...instead of having them out everytime she does one thing wrong. Like I said, just go back to foundation, even if that means doing lots of ground work, and working on body language and cues for the next few months with no pattern. I have the time (6days a week..I'm doing it already just maybe the training needs to be just that, instead of work work work when she obviously needs more training 1st), I know my horse, and know that she wouldnt be bucking at me just for the sake of being a cow, she has good intentions and is smart, just sensative. It was pointed out to me that I just need to remember that...remember why I ride her....because I LOVE riding, and I love training, and I love creating that bond and trust between me and the horse...not just to try and win a buckle, because all that comes later, as long as you have the trust. A really good friend reminded me all this yesterday and I am really gonna hang on to it and focus on how I can get her to where I want her and be patient. So to all of you who tell me to sell her, I am sure you are just looking out for my well being (which I do appreciate), but until you are in my shoes with this horse and see how much she can offer, I want to remind you of what someone reminded me....sometimes the most difficult horses have the MOST to give and unless you stick it out and believe in them, you'll never find out just how much they could have done for you.
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on Mon Jan 26, 2009 11:39 am, edited 1 time in total.