Allll these clubs around and I have not seen a "My horse is a reject" club. I mean reject with the utmost love, of course.
My QH is a total reject who sees "dead people" as we say and sometimes shorts out, but I really do love him. People always tell me horses with special needs find their way to me, and I am starting to totally see that. Anyways he was a reject in many forms. He was supposed to be an AWESOME head horse, but bucked a couple times and was rejected.. Then he was going to be a pick-up horse, but again was rejected after bucking.. THEN he was going to be a bucking horse, but was again rejected after NOT bucking..
He isn't a great conformation hunter and he has weird body issues and is a little special needs, but I love my reject and he actually has a talent for jumping! He is very sweet and has never offered to do anything naughty with me on the back (esp. after he was chiro'd). I am starting to flat him after giving him some time off, because the Chiro recomended it after his last adjustment. We have started over SMALL cross-rails and I couldn't be happier with him. He loves jumping and he seems to love me, and his old owner tells me all the time that he just needed a girl to take care of him. I guess he didn't like playing cowboy! I realize he will probably live with me until he dies because he is SO special needs and sees dead people, but I can live with that.
Ours is a reject! Paid a dollar for him when the folks who rescued him off the track ended up in the hospital (he was not so nice in those early days) on more than one occasion. 6 years later, we wouldn't give him up for anything! He goes Advanced with DH and carts me around Novice. Reject what?
My pony was a lesson horse reject and still is. Jumped out of the dressage arena on multiple occasions. Take screaming children over random jumps (during flat lessons). Suddenly forget how to lunge. You didn't lead her she dragged you (um well she still does that). She was put up for sale at the same time I was needing something else to ride. I got the "well you could ride Bloom". What the heck, I thought, she's cute and confo isnt bad. Two years later and she is still my naughty pony.
Psb, thank you! Though his old owner (very good friends) text me all the time with pictures of bucking horses saying "You know CW is capable of this" and don't believe me when I tell them he is a changed man!
Rizzdom, hahaha I love it! Just a few quirks.
Faybe, oh the dapples.. I am a sucker for greys! Quite the reject you have there!
She was a reject from her paint halter-horse breeder -- came out solid and although her confo is just about perfect, the breeder didn't have room to keep any of the non-paint babies.
Should have known why her breeder was so anxious for me to fall in love with her when it took 3 grown men to muscle the 5-month-old weanling onto the trailer! The farrier dubbed her "The Evil Princess" at 7 months old, and that's what she's been ever since.
You couldn't offer me enough money to part with her!
My horse is a therapy reject He was in a therapeutic riding program, HATED it and apparently became a bit of a monster. He was booted from the program and sold, then the girl who bought him put him up for lease a couple of months after buying him. I found him on CL, leased him for about 18 months, and then bought him. It sounds like he was the polar opposite of the horse he is now - which is a quiet, hardworking, sensitive, wonderful horse. Their loss was definitely my gain. After three years of retraining we've gone from what was essentially a training level dressage horse to Prix St. Georges. We will be making our official PSG debut this summer but will ride our first PSG test at a schooling show next week.
Every time I ride I am so incredibly grateful that fate brought this horse into my life. He is an absolute rock star and has taught me more in three years about riding dressage and training the dressage horse than I had learned in the previous 23. He is almost 20 and I very much wish I had found him sooner... But I cherish every moment we have and I feel very lucky that I get to be the one who will eventually retire him and make sure he is spoiled rotten into old age. He is proof positive that one man's "trash" is another man's cherished treasure!
Mine is a reject too, I even have the T-shirt to prove it, it says Racetrack Rejects in big letters
I bought her at the track in Boston. She didn't like the deep sand footing there. She's silly, quirky, never boring, and we've been having a lot of fun together for about 8 years now.
My pony was a reject twice over! When he was a baby he was imported from Germany, and someone had the intent of making him a children's hunter pony. He did that for a few years, placed HORRIBLY, flunked out, and was donated to my college. He was used in lessons for about a semester until he decided that was no fun either, and figured that absolutely refusing to move, or bucking if that didn't work, was the best way out of that situation.
So I got him as my senior training project, fell 110% in love with him, and had him jumping 3' courses and schooling 1st level dressage by the end of the year. Not too shabby for a pony that refused to even walk forward! Not that he didn't still have a 'tude, but he was way more rideable! When I graduated I told the powers-that-be that whenever he was ready to retire, I would take him.
Fast forward about a year, and the little punk decided he really DID NOT LIKE the lesson thing. At all. So he sat around in the school barn for another couple years until they finally decided to retire him and adopt him out.
Pony came home with me, and the rest is history! He is still a total little snot, and tests me every. single. day. But I wouldn't trade him for the world. He's an absolute rockstar (when he wants to be) and has done everything with me from trail rides, to jumping, to dressage, to shows, to giving pony rides and beginner lessons. I look at him and my heart flutters. I'm SO glad he was a reject!!
I purchased a 2 year old several years back who had already flunked driving 101 as deemed by a well respected BNT in that discipline. Owner wanted a driving animal so she sold him for a song to me. He has helped me earn my silver medal many years later.
I have another who when I received the first call on him, the owner said, "if you don't take him, no one else will and I'm scheduling to have him euthanized". He flunked driving 101, riding 101 and was feared by more than a few. He was given to me and has earned at least one Dover medal and is currently working at third level.
I have another one who similar to the second one had flunked driving 101, riding 101 and was leased to me because the owner was dying and didn't trust anyone else to take the horse. She knew all about number 2 and felt the horses were very similar. I took the animal on as a free lease. I rode and showed her (under saddle) the first year, bred her the second year and have a baby who is definitely one of those born broke types. The biggest irony is she has never, ever tried to buck, bolt, rear or do anything bad in any way; so, her long history and well known reputation in amongst like kind in the SE seems like a really big misunderstanding. The horse that came to me was nothing like what others said. I now own said horse and as soon as it's feasible again I will breed her back.
I have a fourth one who I bought for a very reasonable price because she did not want to drive as a pair. As a single she was fine but company? no way. Owner had high hopes and goals which required a pair; so, I bought her. I showed her through first/second level but the real bonus is that she is an awesome competitive trail horse. I can put anyone on her and not worry. She too has produced nice stock for me, very, very fancy. I don't know if I'll breed her back because she is such a fun, no mess, no nonsense ride.
I have a few others but they were/are not rejects in any way; but, you might say taking rejects has worked very well for me. I won't hesitate to look at a horse or at least consider one that did not work out for either a different discipline or another person if it fits my needs in all other ways. I've seen far too many who go differently under different management, different rider, different circumstances altogether.
My guy was a "reject" in that his breeder was hoping to keep him as her next breeding stallion. However, both of his parents were 15+ hands (about the size of Morgan she tries to breed for) and he has now reached a grand adult height of 13.2 hands!
This was lucky for me as I never would have been able to afford a horse or pony of his quality if he'd reached his full height
He was a breeding "experiment" that probably should not have happened. Then a loss of interest by the people who experimented. The woman who bought him thought maybe he could turn some barrels. I guess he didn't like that. I got him for DD, he was a good move-up pony size for her to event. Turned out he's a dirty stopper at fences. He did end being a nice little dressage pony (DD doesn't do "only" dressage) so he could have gone that direction, but thankfully this boy enjoys taking me on many many trail rides. He goes at a nice slow speed for me, often a few notches slower than I'd like, and really doesn't spook at all that much and when he does it's just an in-place little startle. He's not the horse/pony I would have gone shopping for (for me) so it's funny how things work out because now I think he's just perfect, except for the being gray part.
Mine was rejected by his owner because he was deemed totally inappropriate for a National level Paso Fino show career. (Previous owner fabbo wealthy and competes nationally). AND nobody told me abaout his ISS-SHEWS either (had serious problems loading, now fixed, hates farrier and must be tranqued, spooktastic (now much better and just looky), gelded late and still thinks he is a STUD.) Previous trainers were amazed when they saw him at a local show this past summer.
I LOFF him. He is awesome, very very affectionate, smart, inquisitive, wonderful trail horse and competitive locally. He's all I could ever want in a horse. Can't figure out how to post pics but you can see him on Facebook, I'm Claudia Reed Beaudry over there.
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I got my boy from an acquaintance who is a dealer. She'd gotten him a few months earlier on a shipment of horses from out West somewhere, used him in lessons for a month or two with no issues and sold him.
Well, a few months later, the new owners call her and tell her he's not working out-spooking and bolting when mounted, has thrown rider a couple of times while she was getting on. Dealer agrees to take him back (she's one of the mythical good ones) but is pretty full up. Mutual friend alerts me as she knows I'm looking. My purchase budget was very low, as I'd have to pay board on two until I could find a home for my older gelding. Friend says no problem, she doesn't have space and horse has some issues.
I went to look, horse is small (sticks at 15.1 with shoes on) and CUTE. I was told up front about his "bolting issue" but also that he had been used in lessons since his return and had been fine, though he'd been held for mounting. She had a hand on his bridle the first time I rode him, but didn't have to restrain him at all. He was such an easy ride: pushbutton w-t-c, cute over some low jumps. Needed a bit of finishing, but was much nicer than I thought I could afford. Passed PPE, brought him home. As an added bonus, dealer found someone who wanted my older boy, so when all was said and done, I wrote a check for a whopping $700. Including delivery of over 100 miles round trip (though this was six years ago; gas was a lot cheaper).
Had him a few months, found out he was a bit headshy, but nothing unmanageable. Never offered to move while mounting, much less bolt! But I ended up having to move from NH to NC for work a few months afterward, so found a lease. At first, lease goes well; lessee wants to buy when lease is up. OK, I can work out a price, etc. Then a month before lease ends, she changes her mind, saying horse has thrown her friend a couple of times, reared, and basically implied that he was a little crazy.
Fine; I'd been planning to buy a horse anyway when she wanted to buy him, so I use the money to ship him instead. Shipper was a bit afraid of him because lessee told her he was a fruitcake. He'd gotten his halter off on the trip and gotten into the bales of hay I'd brought to transition him. Shipper all worried about what to do. So I get on the trailer (and boy, did he know me; shipper opened the window while she told me of the "problem" and his head SHOT out when he heard my voice and he looked for me), dug his halter out of a foot of hay, put it on, and led him off. No issue. And fruitcake problem solved when I get the paper with his feed routine-eight quarts of sweet feed a day. Rode him the next day, he was his usual easy self.
I thank my lucky stars every day that I didn't sell him to the obviously not-so-competent lessee. He's so good and so fun. Everyone at every barn I take him to adores him-he could have his own fan club. I've turned down offers to buy him. He has covered my wall in ribbons from local shows, many of them blue. He's rehabbing from an injury, and we're enjoying long walks together, though he can start being ridden again-and has kids all excited to do it!
So I paid a ridiculously cheap price for him, got him fattened up and trained, trail rode him, moved to a dressage barn, and we embarked on our dressage adventure. It has been a blast and I have really grown attached to the goof ball. He still has a bit of a spook but is good on the trails and not half bad at dressage. Here we are doing dressage at a combined training:
We are going to move up to First level this year and do a few more combined training thingees. He is a pretty good jumper but I don't plan to do more than cross rails - too chicken! No matter what, we are having a good time.