Truth in Advertising

Well you have to give them points for that!  Here is the ad, forwarded to me by a kind reader.


Halter broke, leads well, feet trimmed, dewormed. Needs LOTS of work to trust people. Previous owners were negligent. You need to understand that she is not trusting, nor trustworthy. She has come a long long long way, but as a rule I don’t keep hard to catch horses and I believe that she will ALWAYS be hard to catch. Currently you have to corner her in a small area before you can get her to give up the flight. When tied she will expectantly try to climb the rails. She has not been aggressive (she has not tried to bite, but did ‘raise a hip’ the first lesson) at people, but she flipped over backwards several times when learning to lead and nearly took my eye out with the end of the rope, so my fondness of her has waned. I’m disclosed this so we don’t waste any time. If not sold, will be auction bound July 27/28.

Wow-where to start?  She’s a cute filly with some interesting coloring….no mention of age, breed or height, I’d guess her to be near 2 from her build and bum highness.

It sound like the person selling her has tried quite hard to overcome her issues.  Just speaking from my own experience with young horses it seems like she is very scared of humans and what we may ask from her, but whether it stems from aggression or fear her behaviour is dangerous.  I suppose the credit for that would go to the negligent previous owners mentioned above-either abusive handling or no handling.

Hard  to catch is usually overcome with that magic grain bucket, if only temporarily.  She must be quite leery of humans to have to be cornered, rather than just bribed like most equines 😉

Strangely enough though, there is another photo accompanying the ad of her tied to a fence, no handler at her head, while the farrier works on her.  Despite the ad telling us she will climb the fence rails when tied.  I’ve known well trained adult horses who still needed to be held still for the farrier, so she is doing OK there anyways.

Flipping over backwards…that’s the scary one, especially if the behaviour carries over to under-saddle work!  That is the biggest red flag in the ad, IMO.  Horses that do this usually don’t have a sense of self preservation, and can kill themselves or their handler.  Resistance to leading usually manifests in straight up pulling back, refusing to move, or trying to run off.

I respect the person who posted this ad, from what the text tells me.  It sounds like they tried to work with this little girl.  They are also being very honest and up front about her issues, so (we hope) no amateurs or someone who wants a cute 4H project horse for their children is going to come out to buy her!

As a “greenie” person I read the ad and found myself wondering “If I was in the market for a project, would I try to take this horse on?”

So today I am asking you, Readers, would you give this little one a chance?  No judgement here, just a yes or no and why or why not.

About crow131

I'm a happy camper 95% of the time, I love animals and kids....and some adults. I believe in Karma and am a spiritual and moral person. Bad people may gain in this world but they are still bad.... I have many interests, including horses, birds, growing my own food, art, writing, the Runes....yes, it is all over the map. I feel some of us are here to care for those who are not cared for by those who should care for them-if that makes any sense ;-)
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9 Responses to Truth in Advertising

  1. trailrider20 says:

    When I was younger, I thought I could “fix” any horse. That myth was busted by a horse with such a horrible problem, I could not deal with it. So no, I no longer work with any horse that is not my personal riding horse.

    There’s a lot to like about this one besides the pretty roan color. She does look young, and I’m hoping that someone takes her on. As for her going to auction, that’s a bit of a red flag from the seller, the seller may be a bit naive, or trying to pull at heartstrings with that bit of information. It’s sad that any horse ends up with problems that cannot be dealt with, but sounds like someone other than the person now trying to sell her is responsible for this situation.

  2. regalsin says:

    I would give her a chance. We have no idea how much experience the person handling her has so it is not much to go by. A horse like this I would never pen into a small area as that would be just the thing to set her off if she doesn’t trust people. If there is no release they have no where to go but up and over. I have had several horses that were hard to catch ( one was a never handled youngster)but I never put them in a small pen, I would just dog them until they figured out that I wasn’t going to go away or hurt them. Sometimes in the start it took hours but I have never had one that could keep it up more then a week then gave in. And sometimes I would finally catch them , pet them all over then leave without putting a halter on.They sound like they did try to help this little girl but it may have just been in the wrong way for her.

  3. ruth ellen hoezee says:

    aside from mentioned problems, she would be more comfortable with a blanked under the saddle, and a girth designed to fit a horse her size.

  4. Joey says:

    No – I wouldn’t, because I’m too old now. But in younger years, maybe, given the time. Cute filly, but none are worth broken bones/body if you don’t know what you are doing. I love recycling, reusing, retraining, but I am also a believer in spending resources (time/$$/energy) wisely. Privately – do whatever trips your trigger (but do no harm). You will have to forgive me when I roll my eyes when someone spends months, years trying to retrain. If this is your forever horse/project, fine. But if you have limited resources, don’t waste it.

  5. CHV says:

    It sounds like somebody trying to rehab a horse who just lacked the experience to do so. This filly sounds completely fixable.

    I’d take her on if I had the money, time, and facilities – but I’d wear a helmet AND a vest when dealing with her. I’d also do a full physical work up before trying to do anything – make sure her issues aren’t being caused by pain.

  6. crow131 says:

    I had the same belief-but did fail in one case too. I draw the line at getting mangled LOL but I would go see and handle her, and judge her from that meeting rather than description alone.

  7. crow131 says:

    Thanks for your opinion-I agree slow and steady wins the race 😉

  8. crow131 says:

    For sure, I think buying her with the intention to quickly flip her would be silly. I’ve spent months with horses but as you say it was for them and me, not a money making venture.

  9. crow131 says:

    That’s a good point about the physical work up, you never know!

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