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post #1 of 6 Old 10-26-2011, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Challenging project mare

Hello all, I am new to the forum although I stalk it for advice ;)


As of now I have one horse, a chesnut mare named Sonia. Well, I was offered a job to work with a nice little mare. This women owns mainly drafts, and she is very good with horses. But, back when this little quarter horse mare was a three year old she attemped to start her herself. She ended up getting thrown multiple times. They decided to send her to a supposedly ''reputable'' trainer. She came back ribby, boody, and hardly having learned anything over the four month time period she was there supposedly being ridden every day.


Anyway, now as a six year old flabby spoiled pasture puff, I have been asked to put some miles on her and get her into shape.


She is green, she rides in a hackamore or slow twisted snaffle. (I personally want her in a smooth mouth single peice snaffle) She basicly knows ''go'' stop and turn. She really fights backing up, and is very lazy. What execises can I do with her to get fit?
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Hello all, I am new to the forum although I stalk it for advice ;)


As of now I have one horse, a chesnut mare named Sonia. Well, I was offered a job to work with a nice little mare. This women owns mainly drafts, and she is very good with horses. But, back when this little quarter horse mare was a three year old she attemped to start her herself. She ended up getting thrown multiple times. They decided to send her to a supposedly ''reputable'' trainer. She came back ribby, boody, and hardly having learned anything over the four month time period she was there supposedly being ridden every day.


Anyway, now as a six year old flabby spoiled pasture puff, I have been asked to put some miles on her and get her into shape.


She is green, she rides in a hackamore or slow twisted snaffle. (I personally want her in a smooth mouth single peice snaffle) She basicly knows ''go'' stop and turn. She really fights backing up, and is very lazy. What execises can I do with her to get fit?
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Perhaps work on a bit more than "go stop and turn" before you worry about getting her fit. Personally , I would start at square one with ground work.

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I figured that, on my cell phone and it limits the amout of text. I would have put somethig more like what are some things I can do as far a training her further under saddle an groundwork, like some games to make it fun for her while gaining trust and respect.
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post #4 of 6 Old 10-28-2011, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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No one else? Like fun interesting games (that can be done in an arena, it's been wet and cold) and something to gain respect and trust?
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Well, first I'd free lunge her in the arena to see what she does. Let her do whatever, then start moving her around a bit. Not much.

Then working on a line doing things like haveing her lead up freely, stop when you stop, go when you go.
Having her lunge around you, change directions. You know, the basics. You can make it more interesting by moving her around and over obstacles in the arena.
I would do those things, but I will be open and say I have never started a horse, never done the backing or rehabilited a project. I really know the basics, and that's it.
Other more experienced members will have better advice how to transition that into the saddle.
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post #6 of 6 Old 10-29-2011, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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Souds like a good idea to me, luckily I'm not starting her from scratch. I am going out there tomorrow, and I will figure out exactly what all she knows.
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