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[RC] Re:RC] cranky mare-owners' perception - bluwolf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Marlene,

Slightly different situation, but an interesting point - the perceptions of the current owners may not reflect the horse's behaviors but THEIR PERCEPTION of the behavior based on past their experiences and abilities.

I just picked up a Canadian Warmblood (TB X Swiss Warmblood) gelding for pocket change. He has performed as a champion open jumper and hunter as well as done some dressage. A trainer had convinced a family to purchase him for a young girl with less than 1 year of riding experience to use as "a school master". She was severely "overhorsed" and got hurt.

He then bounced to a dressage home for a less experienced rider. He started showing "severe evasions" and was "dangerous" and too much horse.

"He shies violently" - he stopped dead at the sight of a dozen wild turkeys flying up under his nose. He balked at a water crossing, but eventually went thru it.

"He evades dangerously" - he was barn sour & wanted to go home, so he shouldered out & headed home. When I stopped him, he backed up & shook his head HARD. When I growled "forgetta bought it", he sighed & moved on contritely.

"He gets VERY strong around jumps" - I have to agree. But nothing a strong rider can't ride thru & correct him.

A "dangerous throw away" was a "champion" in the right hands. I think he can do a lot at our barn, too (but not endurance).

If you are the right home & owner, the mare might just blossom for you. I'd evaluate her critically & decide if she was worth the time & effort.

Linda


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