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Date:7/22/2014 11:46:21 PM
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aww thank you so much for the vote and message... lol, it made me smile! Lakota is ABSOLUELY wonderful and one of the sweetest, most gentle horses I've ever met! He has a very laid back attitude and loves people, as well as other horses: especially little horses/ponies! I had him in a stall yesterday, next to some mini-horses our barn just bought and I heard the strangest noises coming from that direction. I thought it was the minis but it took me a little while and I finally figured out it was MY boy!!! He was craning his neck to look into the stall next to him and making the strangest high-pitched noise, wanting to go see them!! lol. He's 16.3 hh and a gentle giant :) However, I really like "adventure" and "excitement" and I didn't want to START with a dead-broke "boring" horse... and, whereas Lakota is a total sweetheart on the ground, he came with a history of occasionally bucking: a common complaint with appaloosas! He only ever bucked ONCE in the beginning with me... but there were many times I know he THOUGHT about it and I drove him forward to "redirect" his energy/"badthoughts" lol! I had a chiropractor come out when I first got him, to make sure it wasn't a sore back... he had a few things out of alignment and, more importantly, under-developed hindquarters but she didn't think he had any soreness serious enough to cause bucking. He did have an old injury and she thought he might have had a lot of pain when it first happened and his former owner might not have known about it... so that's where the bucking may have started and then he continued with it because he learned he could get a rider off that way and hadn't had a confident enough rider to really collect him and balance him. SO... lol... he has been a bit of a challenge (I like challanges!) but even when he did buck (with his former owner too), it was never a MEAN, awful buck where he was trying to hurt someone. It was more of a just a "hmmm... if I do THIS, will you DISMOUNT?" lol. And I've begun to learn a lot about Appaloosas from having him and talking to other Appy owners... which I've come across MANY who've encountered bucking problems in Appaloosas. And one thing that all of us Appy owners agree with... is that they are VERY wonderful, sweet horses... but they're also VERY smart and therein lies any "appy" problems! They will push and test at times, but not usually in a MEAN hateful way... they LIKE people. So they can be THE MOST amazing horse to own EVER... SO intelligent, SO quick to learn, and so loving and appreciative... BUT most Appys need a rider that can "match" them... a rider that is also smart and confident and quick and responsive... otherwise they will try to test and see what they can get away with! lol
WELL... sorry that answer took so long haha... I really enjoyed your message though cause I just love this horse to pieces. He is my "love match" and everything I've always wanted in a horse. I WISH I had that picture in a frame! lol I actually have a bunch
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