The Tucson Barn!
As I said yesterday, I’m the one that usually gets the horses that buck, for whatever the reason. The sometimes-troubling part is, I get them and folks don’t tell me they buck.
I had a horse in here a couple years ago that a guy had bought for his wife. He was hauling the horse a ways, over 3 hour drive, to bring the horse to me. He called me when he was getting ready to load the horse, then called back 2 hours later and he still did not have the horse in the trailer. I knew then that the horse had some issues we would have to work on, they all do when they come here, but that was not surprising. Anyway, I had to go and get the horse from one of the neighbors here on the ranch. By the time they got the horse to the ranch it was dark and they could not get to our place. I took the horse home the next day and we started the program.
I was under the impression that the horse had been saddled and ridden, so on the third day or so I took the horse to the round pen with saddle and pad. I saddled the horse and when I asked the horse to move forward he came unglued.
I called the owner that night and told him what had happened. I reminded him, the owner, that he had not said anything about the horse having problems with bucking. He then went on to tell me that the last time they had tried to saddle the horse they had him tied to the kids swing set. He said the horse started bucking and tore the swing set down and dragged it around the yard until they could get him caught.
I was able to fix the horse’s bucking problem. That was not much of a problem. The problem is folks don’t always tell the trainer what’s wrong. In this case the horse had a problem with saddles and swing sets.
The moral of the story is: If and when you take your horse to a trainer, do him a favor and tell him the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, about your horse. That way the trainer can help the horse with whatever the problem is.
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