Hi there. I’ll apologize in advance for the horribly long post, but in order to get adequate feedback, I feel that the details are needed.
Back in November, a close friend of mine traveled several states away to go look at a reining horse 2 weeks after a neutral party preformed a PPE on the mare. The vet called my friend and said she checks out but she was definitely a moody mare. Nothing too out of the ordinary or too much for said friend to handle. Said horse was supposedly shown extensively trail miles, the resume was insane and she bought this horse the right way. Said friend payed a pretty penny for this horse, registered AQHA, bred for futurity, you can tell by her bloodlines.
Fast forward 3 and a half weeks after the horse is bought and brought home. Friend’s other horse has gone lame and has a show, we throw new horse on the trailer and head to the show. I warm said friends horse up WTC, some rollbacks, a few stops and spins, leg yeilds, making sure she’s nice and ready for friend. Friend really enjoys riding but recently has had a lot of issues with her back and nerves with bulging discs etc, so I help her when I can. Friend rides horse and does great first 3 classes, first place, last class this horse blows up bucking, taking off out of nowhere. Friend and I were very confused. Took horse home, had her scoped for ulcers, nothing, saddle fitting, nothing, revetted, clean bill of health. Friend and I decided it was a fluke… since the time of blow up and investigation, friends health has declined and she now isn’t able to ride until after her surgery. I’ve taken responsibility for the horse’s care and exercise. I get on horse after 2 weeks off and she was a dream. Just like at the show, before the blow up. Ride her the next day and she was bucking, rearing, spooking at nothing. I didn’t think anything of it. Just lounging and riding her through it. She’s great one day, then pretty nasty the next. Today I get her out and go to lounge her for the first time in 3 days. It took 3 people to get this horse 10 feet from her pasture to the arena, she was barring teeth trying to bite. Got her in the arena and I’ve never in my life seen anything like this. She was running and sliding, then she’d run and slide to the point she fell. The barn manager made me leave the arena because he was concerned for my well being. Nightmare!
Friend tried this horse over the course of 3 days and she never put a good out of place. Her poop was runny, and they used shovels right under her while she was crosstied. You can’t move around this horse without her freaking out. She gets disciplined appropriately but I want someone’s perspective on this. I personally think she was drugged with reserpine. I could be wrong. I’ve never dealt with something like this. When my friend comes back from surgery, and is ready to ride, I know she will want to ride this horse. She doesn’t need to ride this horse, nobody needs to ride this horse.
What at are you thinking? I’m at a crossroads and don’t really know where to go from here. Thanks in advance!