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"When he started bucking he could look back and see his hind feet up above his head"


Dear Keith...

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Little Joe is a 6 yr old registered QH with great potential. He stands about 16 hands tall and is built really well. I raised him here on my farm so I can tell you plenty about his his background. He was born with a club foot which with proper hoofcare has not given him any problems. He was not what you would call "graceful" in the least. He seemed to spend his first 3 years of his life periodically trying to kill himself. Due to these episodes the local vet also knows him pretty well. A friend of mine that teamropes gentle broke him for me when he was two and was really pleased with him. I also had an older local trainer put 30 days on him after that because at the time I was not able to work with him myself. Since then the only thing I have done with him is trailriding-here and in several other states. He hauls really well and loves to go places. He loves people and is no trouble to handle. EXTREMELY laid back. This has worked for he and I really well in the past so I have never pushed him past that point. He would make an excellent western pleasure or trail horse for anyone. About 7 mths ago I decided that I needed to find another home for him because I had not been able to ride him lately and had turned him out to pasture. I just hated to see this big beautiful animal just standing out there when someone could be using him. I called the friend that originally broke him out and asked him to take him and see if he would work cows (just something different for him). He brought him back the second day and told me he had starting bucking--hard enough that he wouldn't get back on him. And it really takes a lot for this guy to give up on a horse. He said that when he started bucking he could look back and see his hind feet up above his head. He has crowhopped with me a couple of time but nothing like this. The only possible reason we could think of was the fact that I had never really pushed him to do anything but ride trails. He is fine at a walk or trot, even a really slow lope. But if you try to push him past that slow lope he just explodes. When he was a 2 yr. old he would try to buck on a lunge line and I always corrected him but I have no idea how to correct this problem. My friend and I recently took him to a local "horse whisperer" . He was putting on a charity seminar in town and I won a chance on the radio to have Joe in it. This trainer seemed to do really well with the colts but he just depended way too much on his "tools" as he called them. He told me to turn im in the round pen and take his halter off. By the the time he got his camera crew situated my horse had already rolled three times in the pen and was wondering around bored! He worked with him about 15 min. before he saddled and rode him around the pen with his rope halter and lead. Joe started pushing against the halter so he got off and put what he called a correction bit on him. He depended solely on the bit to keep Joe's head and neck where he wanted it. By this time I could see my horse was getting pretty ticked off. This trainer tried to get him to lope in the pen by beating his sides with his heels but Joe wasn't having any of it and started trying to buck right away. So the trainer took him out of the round pen into the arena and tried to lope him out there. As laid back as my horse has always been I have had to wear spurs in the past and all I had to do was tap him with them and he would go. Instead of trying this the trainer just kept literally beating this horses sides with his legs and everytime he tried to buck he with snatch him up with this correction bit and stop him completely. They did this over and over again until the trainer literally wore himself out trying to get my horse to lope. He finally did lope one time without actually bucking but the hump was still in his back and his legs were stiff. But as soon as he did this the "trainer" quit and got off of him. He told me that this was what I needed to do with him a lot until my horse realized that if he bucked I would make him very "uncomfortable" with the bit. I have never been so disgusted with a trainer in my life. I don't believe in jerking on my horses' head and I'm sure not about to put that bit back on him. Someone please tell me that this is not my only option to save my horse. There has got to be another way.

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