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post #1 of 6 Old 04-12-2009, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Any advice with my new percheron

So I added a new addition to the family She's a percheron around 6 years old:) and I have had her under saddle twice now and she is really out of shape even though she has been in a pasture her whole life with a herd. She walks greats. Trotting i know will take sometime. but when she does trot she gets a little funny i'm not sure what she is doing underneath me because she is so smooth you cant really tell. She does toss her head a lot i don't have spurs on so i know i'm not jabbing her and my saddle fits correctly. Or maybe she is just weird that way and lazy. Well if anyone has and advice i would love it. this is my first draft. I have a wonderful TB now and he's amazing. I just don't want to go the wrong way about things with her because she is so different then a TB. Thanks!
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-12-2009, 10:58 PM
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Congrats on your new mare! I have a percheron cross. If you put on a video, maybe someone can tell you what she's doing. Tossing her head may be an old habit. Maybe her past riders hung on her mouth or something. Give her some time. Pictures please

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post #3 of 6 Old 04-12-2009, 11:14 PM
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Do you have a trainer? Get together with someone that can help explain her movements and how you can ride them. Congrats on your new addition. They are a lot of fun.

How much training does she currently have?
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post #4 of 6 Old 04-13-2009, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
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She has no training she was just a pasture horse and the person that owned her neglected her i know she was ridden a few times. so i took on a new project I've trained my TB and he's amazing it's just weird i've never worked with a draft so wasn't sure if there are any vices that are common with them. im kindda shooting in the dark we don't know much except she really wasn't ridden and taken care of.
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cungates thats great. she sounds great but you should have fun trying to train her. i had to train my horse and it was really fun. you get to teach them whateve you want to!

you know some people say that when you take your first ride, you may find the horse, and the ride of your life!
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-14-2009, 01:07 AM
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Congrats on your new addition. I agree, video would really help. Are you riding her on direct contact or do you ride on a loose rein? If you ride with contact, you may try a loose rein and see if that helps. Also, what bit do you have her in?

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog:
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