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Sadly Sold Again

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Date Born  May 20, 2006 Description
Breed  Morgan Quarter Horse cross

Penny is the result of a mistake, an accidental breeding between our beautiful quarter/draft mare Philadelphia and
our Morgan stallion Javelin.

The day she was born she walked right up to me proving to be very personable.
Since then, Penny had been handled so much, she became very friendly.
She is among the first to greet people and one of the last to leave.
It was my intention to raise, train and sell this horse and I began ground training her.
Penny was proving to be easy to handle and willing to please.

In April of 2010 a family member by the name of Bonnie was in need of a younger, more surefooted horse.
Her first horse Figure which was given to her by my father was old and unsound.

At the time I had several young horses for Bonnie to choose from and took the time to saddle each one and
have her get on to see which one she felt the most comfortable with.
Penny, Emmy, Thunder, and my very own favorite, Flurry were all candidates.
I managed to accomplish this without Bonnie catching on that I was doing it for her.
Penny won hands down.

 Shortly after this I gave Penny to Bonnie to be her new horse.     

While Bonnie was able to put Penny through her paces on the ground,
training her while aboard proved too fearful and challenging for her.
For a time, I rode Penny, while Bonnie rode my trained horse Flurry.
I trained her with voice commands to stand, walk, trot and cantor. 
Taught her to neck rein, leg cue and back up. She yielded to the shift of my weight in the saddle.
I also taught her, as with all my horses I train, to put her head down on command. 
While this is helpful in bridling a tall horse, its purpose is to supple the horse, release tension and
become willing and one with its handler.

I worked Penny with plastic bags, rattling hardware and dragging leads.
I rode her among the cattle teaching her to herd. 
I rode her to check on cattle scattered out on 60 acres of hay ground and timber.
Penny was very rideable and knew about as many cues as my better trained horses. 
Some she could perform even better.

A couple times I rode her off the property down near the black top to get her accustom to vehicle traffic.
Another time I trailered her to my other property in town for the same reasons.

 Bonnie began riding Penny regularly and at the same time her horse began to be less manageable.
Bonnie asked for my help many times but asking for help and following directions do not go hand in hand with her.

In April of 2018 I put my foot down and sent Bonnie and everyone concerned an email expressing my disappointment.

Click Here To View It.

 I came to accept the fact that Bonnie has no interest in improving Penny to make her reliable and
manageable in any job asked of her.
Excuses were made by her as to why my own horses had to go the "extra mile" to get a job done and hers didn't,
simply because mine did it last time.
I realized Bonnie assumed that my horses will be her pack animals.
It was a real eye opener for me when she was not forward to have her horse carry a harmless bag on a clear, calm sunny day.
I concluded she was not trying to work with her horse at all. 

I spent many hours training Penny for Bonnie.
Time and again when ever Bonnie rode her, she managed to teach Penny that she needs only to obey when she feels like it.
She was needlessly afraid and her fear transferred to her horse.
In the early years, Penny had her favorite pasture mates, she got along fairly well with all the horses out at pasture.
As she got older, she began to be more aggressive towards other horses.
Riding near her proved to be dangerous. I’ve taken a kick or two meant for my horse.
Bonnie disregarded my rebukes in not trying to correct this.

I also spent many hours trying to teach Bonnie to ride better and to help her understand how to handle her horse better.
This includes how to sit, how to shift her weight, how to hold the reins, when to pull and when to release on the bit.
I explained the importants of timing when correcting or rewarding her horse. 
I also gave her exercises to practice that would reinforce what she and her horse where learning.
I told her that she is to practice the lessons whenever she rides her horse.
I explained, at first it will be difficult and tiring but then one day she will find her horse has finally
understood what is expected and will perform smoothly.

Bonnie has not shown any heart, mind or interest in following through.

 On Painted Sky Farm, the horses I use for a job perform because I have trained them and
continue to train them every time I ride. To start a horse to be able to ride takes a little more time.
Once it is rideable, then I work toward making it dependable.
My horse Cody was a real trial of patience and persistence for me. 

Back in 2013, I wrote and signed an agreement that Bonnie and I would have Penny trained good
by the end of the summer for my Dad.

I really believed that Bonnie wanted to train her horse but was at a loss to know how to go about it.
She needed help. I really thought she was at a disadvantage.
I thought because riding came difficult to her that she just needed time and really wanted to be able
to have another dependable quiet horse and she was willing to work towards the success of training her horse.

I now realized this was not the case. I WANT OUT!

Dad was right, it will never happen.
Bonnie had no desire to do this. Never had she taken the lead towards improving her horse.

 Any training given to Penny was done by me. Just look at the photos.
One evening, having some spare time, I took Penny out and harness her up.
That horse was ready for some ground driving. Bonnie was not with me in this venture. To her it was only a nice to have.
Another time my job required me to pony Penny alongside another horse, Penny was not trained to pony.
In little time I taught her to pony. She performed even at a cantor.
If someone wanted to ride roman-style, they could do it with those two horses.

 Because of Bonnie's unwillingness, lack of concern for herself, her horse, other people, and
laziness, I decided in 2018 to stop helping Bonnie with her horse.
Also, I was done trying to make it easier for her because of her short comings.
I was not making any more allowances for the fact that she was not able to do her job.

Because of her, my horse and I have to run farther, work harder, carry more when doing a job, and then,
have to slow down and walk, wait or take an uneventful ride when the time is meant to be enjoyable
because her horse is spooked or unmanageable or she just Thinks it might spook and become uncontrollable. 

I had no trouble doing this when I gave her a chance to work with her horse.
But now, after years of patience, things have changed.
I am not her pack horse anymore. I don't mind packing my horse. He can do it!
I mind being used without respect. 

I informed Bonnie that she was to pack her own saddlebags, rope, tools and
anything else that a job may require her to carry on her horse.
A chainsaw perhaps. If the weather is threatening rain, she may want to pack a raincoat.
This is nothing more than I do with my horses. 

Penny became unpredictable because of Bonnie. All of this I have clearly verbalized to Bonnie.
I believe I have trained Penny well. Bonnie has untrained her well. 

Sadly, Bonnie sold Penny in June 2020. You can see her advertisement and bill of sale in the photos.
The training she claims her horse has is my doing. Even the bill of sale she copied from my bills of sale.
She is the lawful owner in every respect except

February, 2021

Gender  Mare
Sire  Javelin - Pure bred Morgan
Dam  Philadelphia - Quarter Horse cross
Height  15 hands
Weight  1,200 lbs
Colour  Dark Chestnut
Temperament  4   (1= very calm 10= very high spirited)
Training  Broke to lead
  • Jumping
  • Dressage
  • Ranch 
  • Harness
Sold to:  Bonnie in Cainsville, Missouri