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Saving an Abused Horse

Saving An Abused Horse

A while back, I received a call from a lady who was crying on the telephone.  Quite upset was she.  Seems her boyfriend had given her a beautiful draft/quarter cross gelding that had been abused.  He was gorgeous ~ and he was big.

Though he was five years old, he was not halter broke!  She was unable to even put a halter on the horse when he was in a stall.  He could not be tied, even for a moment.  I asked her what she could do with him – she said “nothing.”

They had sent this horse to a trainer.  Five days later, the guy calls back and says that the horse is untrainable, that he is quite dangerous and should be turned into dog food.  In the five days that the trainer had him, he still was unable to even get a halter on him.  This was unwelcome to Becky.

This woman (Becky) was calling me while on their way to pick him up from the trainer to bring home.  I got directions to the stables where she was keeping him, and I told her that I would meet her there.

They arrived an hour after I got there, for it took three hours to get the horse in the trailer!  This large, confounded horse arrived quite unceremoniously – facing backwards in the trailer with just a rope around his neck.

“Okay,” I said, “Put him in the round pen.”  He was taken straight from the trailer to the round pen.  I left one and a half hours later.  The reason it took that long was because I was training the owner ~ not just the horse.

In that time, I had taught Becky how to halter her horse.  She was able to halter him at least six times while he was loose in the round pen.  No restraints.  I asked her, “What else doesn’t he do.”  She said that he wouldn’t stand tied.  Okay.  We took him out of the round pen and tied him to the hitching post for one hour, while we saddled and unsaddled him at least a dozen times.  No problem.  Not even a little one.  He had never been saddled before.  Remember ~ he couldn’t be tied or haltered, even after almost a week of training from a cowboy.  From that day forward, almost one year later, she still has been able to halter him and accomplish everything we worked with on that day.

 

Janice with an "untrainable" horse

Janice with an “untrainable” horse

Janice Terra & owner, Becky, with her horse comfortable in halter

Janice Terra & owner, Becky, with her horse comfortable in halter

A saddle on his back with no restraint – and no – no one is holding the rope

A saddle on his back with no restraint – and no – no one is holding the rope

Horse is now calm and walking

Horse is now calm and walking

Becky is happy with her "new" peaceful, cooperative horse

Becky is happy with her “new” peaceful, cooperative horse