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Have you ever purchased a horse and then realize it's not what you wanted? Would you ever try to return the horse and get your money back or would you think of this as a challange and enjoy working with your new horse to get to where you wanted to be?
This is what happened to me when I bought my horse, Socks. He turned out to be much more green than what we had originally thought. This was about 4 years ago, so I was not as far along in my riding. I kept him and have been working with him ever since. Presently he is a fantastic horse, and although I have to lease him out soon because I have outgrown him, it was the best decision I have ever made and he has taught me so much.
It could definitely go both ways. Sometimes it's about making two minds and bodies understand what the other is saying, or about bringing the horse or the rider's ability up to what the rider wants, and in that case the challenge is great!
But sometimes (a lot of times), and I've know several cases like this: the horse and the rider's personalities or styles just don't mesh, and both the horse and rider are happier with others. It sounds bad to sell a horse you just bought, but if you're just going to fight fight fight all the time, it's better to find the horse a person he meshes with better.
So it could go both ways.
Yes we have....usually what I do is then try to find the horse an appropriate home. There may not be anything wrong with horse...or us we just arent a good fit and for what they cost to take care you may as well have a horse that is right for you....and the horse deserves a home where it is the humans are right for him/her and he can live a decent life.
Since I'm not very experienced with training a horse, I would ask for a 2 week trail period...most people are willing to do this if they have nothing to hide.
I wouldn't hesitate to return a horse I felt wasn't going to work out for me personally.
I don't have the experience or time to work a horse that needs training.
Now if the horse just had some bad habits that were easily removed and retrained into something positive, I might consider it.
I would always try the horse first, then get a professional (trainer's) opinion and have him vetted. If that is all ok, then I would ask for a trial period. If, after all that I realize that I have purchased the wrong horse, I would try to find a suitable home for him. I need a horse that I can enjoy and that is appropriate and safe for me.
if that was not the horse i thought i wanted but not i would still love that horse and try to work with it. i probably couldnt sell it cause i would feel like i betray the horse cause i didnt try hard enough. so far every horse i bought was worth it. like right now my 20 some year old horse is not the horse i wanted tho but i love him so much he still has that spunk in him that say im not young tho but i still have it in me. plus i had not had a horse since 2006 since my parents separated and my dad didnt want to wait for me to find a place for my horse. i was hurt but i work hard so i will have a horse someday again. thats probably why i got an older horse to help me get my skills back again. still i would never return or sell the horse if that not what i wanted. i love all my horses i had and many more to come!
It depends! If it's something more simple and solvable to my extent of ability, or something that I would be able to learn from, I would keep it. If it was some kind of HUGE problem like a health problem that couldn't be fixed, I would for sure try to take it back.
Hmmm, yeah I had that happened but I couldn't return it because they moved to another state far far away, about an ocean away. So I tried to tame and gentle her but she was too aggressive and needed a more advanced trainer that knows how to deal with this type of horse. So I sold her and I did let the new owners know why, they said they can break her from that attacking habit. But I heard from someone they couldn't and sold her to someone who currently uses her for broodmare. She was a beautiful awesome confirmation Quarter Horse but very horrible personality. Beauty is only skin deep and she surely put truth to that saying.