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.