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post #1 of 10 Old 05-25-2013, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Help with unmotivated mare

I have a 13 year old mare who I would like to ride and work with once a week, but she's just so lazy and unmotivated it's hard to get anything accomplished. I have another horse that I spend most of my time with, because he's got the talent and work ethic to get somewhere. Ever since I got him a year and a half ago she's been on the back burner. She had a foal last year do she was out of commission with him. Anyway, like I said, I would like to get in a weekly arena session with her. She's not really lazy in that when I squeeze she doesn't move forward, she just doesn't want to do anything. It'll get to the point, not long into a ride, where she'll decide she's done and trying to get her to do something after that is very hard. She's out of shape too, so that limits what I can do with her. She's had no proper training and all her life people have let her just do what she wants. So, any ideas on how I can get her more motivated, if only for a 30 min arena session? Any good exercises to help strengthen her a little bit and keep her working? I don't have a ton of time to spend with her, and as bad as this sounds don't really want to spend a lot of time with her because I've got a better horse that actually has a chance of really getting somewhere. So I'm just looking for simple, yet effective things to do with her. Thanks.
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-25-2013, 01:21 PM
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She sounds like she would be good for someone who wants to trail ride and just mosey along. An experienced trail rider could probably bring her along.
I bought a green 14 year old slowpoke a year ago and I'm very happy to have a horse like her.
Since you really don't want to put time into her I'd offer her for sale. She will be perfect for someone. : )
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post #3 of 10 Old 05-25-2013, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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No, I could never sell her.
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post #4 of 10 Old 05-25-2013, 03:24 PM
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She's in post broodmare condition and you ride her once weekly. Do you really think that is fair? You need to ride her more often as once weekly does nothing to build muscle and stamina. Has she had bloodwork since weaning her foal? Perhaps her iron is low. That will knock the stuffing out of an animal.
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post #5 of 10 Old 05-25-2013, 04:41 PM
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If you won't sell her, she doesn't seem to enjoy being ridden and you don't enjoy riding her, why not just let her be a lawn ornament? Many horses are quite happy to skip the whole 'being ridden' thing all together. I agree that it sounds like a laid back home where nice walk down the trail is what is desired might be a better match both in horse and rider.

If you actually do want to work with her, maybe take her down the trail on your rides rather than in the arena? That might bring some interest back for her- some horses just hate arena work. In terms of her health though- you're going to have oto ride pr work her at least 30 minutes three times a week to start bringing her strength fitness back. If you don't do that, don't be surprised that she poops out on you.
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post #6 of 10 Old 05-26-2013, 02:20 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, but I've figured out what I'm going to do with her now.
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Maybe try lunging her on days when you don't ride her? Just to bring her fitness levels up :)
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post #8 of 10 Old 05-27-2013, 09:07 PM
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You've lost her interest. That's all I'm going to say since you already made your mind up.

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post #9 of 10 Old 05-28-2013, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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She really has no interest in anything.
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post #10 of 10 Old 05-28-2013, 07:43 PM
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what are you feeding her 1st off you need to ride her more to build up fitness but prehaps need to be feeding more hard feed for energy?
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