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post #1 of 41 Old 12-09-2008, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation concered for the horse and rider!

Ok at my barn, we do this mentor program for the younger riders. I mentor this 8 year old who my mother knows ( my mom is a guidance counceler at an elementary school) well every winter there is an after school camp for the mentors to show the little kids the ropes of the barn. each person gets there own horse to care for for the week. since I now lease the horse I ride (yayyyyy!!! finally ceaser!!) I automatically get him. well the girl I mentor got the sweetest oldest horse in the barn. LATELY though, after every ride, instead of cooling her down, she puts her in the roundpen and making her canter around in there!!! The oldest horse there!!! The sweetest horse. It isnt safe for an unexpirienced 8yearold rider to go into the roundpen with a cantering. It just isnt safe!! She also doesnt groom or hoofpic. Even though I have shown her the step by step way to groom. She never tacks up right. and she puts the bribale on so that its uncomfortable for her. I know that she is inexprienced but every day I have shown her. and she has injured the horse twice. I have told the owner and she said she would deal with it and she has talked to her about it but the next day she goes back to doing it. Now she has started to do the same things to ceaser the horse I ride. I really dont want her to do this. I know that this probbly has nothing to do with riding horses but how can I get this girl to be safe at the barn, for her and the horses!!
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post #2 of 41 Old 12-09-2008, 07:03 PM
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If your trainer had sense, the girl wouldn't be riding until she knew how to care for a horse. IMO.
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post #3 of 41 Old 12-09-2008, 07:17 PM
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I'd tell her she wouldn't be allowed to ride if she didn't do what you told her. I would tell her she's got one more chance to prove she can do it right, and if she can't, say byebye to riding privileges.

I teach horse camps over the summer, I know how this goes... I hate it when kids do that.

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no no no = prep gear so it is clean and comfortable for the horse-prep horse so he is ready for a rider- iiiieee grooming,= prep to ride=ride-groom again=de-prep gear=clean it again anyone who is in charge and lets this behavior go on is irresponsible and not looking out for the horses and or the riders.
HORSEMEN AND HORSEWOMEN= learn to take care of their mounts first- RIDERS learn to take care of themselves. an 8 year old is hardly of an age to know better-where are the adults??? no child should be left to manage an animal on their own-let alone an older animal= when you are done riding even the most novice of riders knows he/she should cool the animal-if cooling isnt needed then bonding is. barn manager is needed

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post #5 of 41 Old 12-09-2008, 08:29 PM
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It's rather simple actually. She can't take care of a horse = she can't ride a horse. Since the horse she is dealing with is old, you MUST make her understand that this horse is getting fragile and must not be worked as much as younger horses. I would make sure that before she rides that she correctly grooms and tacks the horse every time. And, I wouldn't let her get on that horse until she has done so.

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post #6 of 41 Old 12-09-2008, 08:46 PM
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mentoring riders

Hello If you are her mentor then you need to put your foot well i guess down to be nice about it if she cannot learn to prepare her ride and to tack her horse up the right way then she needs to be dropped from the program or be instructed in a different manner then what she now is being, Also she should never be alone to do this as she is way to young to be handling even the best horse in your barn with out adult supervision and guidence, My 6yr old daughter Hannah is learning to do it all from the ground up on her horse but i never leave her to do it , but she can as long as i keep the mounting block close by so she can get the saddle up on bears back , But she knows if its not right she starts all over till it is the correct way and the horse is groomed before the ride and after the ride
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post #7 of 41 Old 12-09-2008, 09:30 PM
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I agree with the others. You need to tell her that if she doesn't groom her horse, pick out their hooves, tack her up the correct way, then after she rides, cool her down properly, groom her again, and also pick out her hooves again then she doesnt need to be riding the horse. She needs to learn that a horse is a huge responsibility and until she can learn to properly take care of the horse she needs to not be riding the horse. Has anyone talked to her mother about it? Maybe she needs to have a talk with her.

Dave: you are definately teaching your daughter the right way! Thats how I had to learn!
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Yeah, I think the barn manager should get involved as well. She is pretty young, & sounds very inexperienced. What she's doing is wrong, & it could cause more harm than good if it continues. I think it should be stopped until she's ready. I think maybe building up, starting from grooming & such 'til she learns how to care for the horse more would help. :) Like, gradually increasing her knowledge.

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post #9 of 41 Old 12-10-2008, 12:34 AM
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if that girl did those things, i wouldnt let her within ten feet of my horse.

The barn manager needs to do something about that girl before she seriously hurts someone
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post #10 of 41 Old 12-10-2008, 02:41 AM
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If I were her mentor, I would supervise her while she is grooming and tacking up the horse. If she doesn't pick his hooves out for example, just say nicely "Don't you remember that we have to pick his feet out before and after we ride? We don't want him to get sore feet do we?". If she is stubborn, then just say "No, we are not allowed to ride our horses unless we look after them properly. It's part of the responsibilty of being a horseperson and it is very important."

She's only eight. I know that she's old enogh to do things for herself, but she probably doesn't understand the consequences of her laziness.

And after a ride, if she goes to the roundpen again, just say "I think he's had enough work for today. Why don't we just untack him and let him relax" And again, if she's stubborn, you just have to be more stern. As her mentor, I would personally think that it was partly your responsibility to make sure she is treating her horse properly. Isn't that the whole point of you being there?

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