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post #31 of 35 Old 09-25-2013, 09:14 PM
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I would think you could do that without any fancy equipment other than some side reins and surcingle
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post #32 of 35 Old 09-25-2013, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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Kylie, there is a saying, "no feet, no horse" Your horse needs time to recover from what was a serious injury. Take your time and give the animal some tender loving care and time for his hoof to grow back.

The vet's opinion and advice is invaluable - as are the comments from a knowledgeable farrier. You then must follow their advice - for however long it takes.

In the meantime start on gentle work in hand on a soft sandy surface. Learn how to lunge your horse and consider buying a full lunging harness maybe a Pessoa.

Get to know your new companion and persuade him to believe that some humans make good and caring owners - the role you must learn to be.

Best of luck and remember not to rush things.

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The only problem with her hooves is that she wasn't trimmed for 9 years of her life. The past year, my farrier has been slowly working on getting good hooves on her. My farrier gave me no reason not to start working her. She is willing and is showing no pain.

I don't believe in any of the pessoa system. The most I use is loose rubben side reins and a surcingle. Right now, I am just taking her on walks/trots around the field, in hand transitions, and hill work. Nothing terrible
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Today my neighbor told me to get up on her, and I ended up sitting on her for 10 minutes. My neighbor has had horses for most likely 30+ years and says I should work her and see where it goes. She thinks my hypothesis on her weakness in her bad leg could be right, so she thinks going for walks/trots is a good idea. I'm going to start re-introducing the saddle next week, and once the vet gives me the go (hopefully), we will begin undersaddle work
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post #34 of 35 Old 09-26-2013, 06:18 AM
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The Pessoa helps to develop a rounded outline in the way the horse carries itself - which can be important if you intend one day to compete in English dressage. The Pessoa harness is not cruel if used properly - but you need to learn how to use it and understand why you are using it.

If you intend to use your horse for non competitive hacking - ie riding out on trails on a loose rein then it brings nothing which a lunging cavesson and a surcingle with two long lunge reins can't give.

I am just suggesting ideas for you to use in the process of getting to know your new horse. I personally would not in your circumstances impose my male weight on her back until she is fit to carry the weight. In hand work starts the training program without loading what probably thru lack of use is a weak back.

But over the internet I cannot judge the fitness or obedience level of your mare - that is for you to judge. You are asking for opinions - only you can judge which ideas to adopt for your horse.

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The Pessoa helps to develop a rounded outline in the way the horse carries itself - which can be important if you intend one day to compete in English dressage. The Pessoa harness is not cruel if used properly - but you need to learn how to use it and understand why you are using it.

If you intend to use your horse for non competitive hacking - ie riding out on trails on a loose rein then it brings nothing which a lunging cavesson and a surcingle with two long lunge reins can't give.

I am just suggesting ideas for you to use in the process of getting to know your new horse. I personally would not in your circumstances impose my male weight on her back until she is fit to carry the weight. In hand work starts the training program without loading what probably thru lack of use is a weak back.

But over the internet I cannot judge the fitness or obedience level of your mare - that is for you to judge. You are asking for opinions - only you can judge which ideas to adopt for your horse.

BG
I slowly add the tightness to the rubber reins. I will not cover my horse in straps to practically force her to be round. I would rather give her the choice to round up.
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