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post #1 of 6 Old 01-07-2010, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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I could use some advice :)

Well everyone, my mare Traces of Gold has been out of action for a while, due to African Horse Sickness. But now she can be worked again, so yesterday for the first time, I got on her (after lunging her a little). The thing about Traces is that she's a naturally forward going horse, she always goes fast. The nice thing though is when you put her in stride she stays in stride. Anyway, yesterday she was even MORE forward, I couldnt keep her in her normal pace, and when I tried half halts, and circles, she somehow got the bit between her teeth, bucked, and bolted, leaving me on the floor with a very sore back. Can you guys give me some tips and such on how to ease her back into work? I wasnt doing much, just alot of walking and a little trotting. Thank you

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post #2 of 6 Old 01-07-2010, 05:01 AM
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if she's been out of action for so long she is probably trying to let off some steam, i'd recommend lungeing for a few minutes before getting on (saddled and bridled) to access what type of mood she is in an be ready for what she has in store for you. I'd say try some fun stuff first, take her on a slow trail ride if she's been couped up for ages she probably dying to just get out- start the serious flat work after you work the kinks out.
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post #3 of 6 Old 01-07-2010, 03:17 PM
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Just walk, and keep walking. If you don't want to ride her then hand walk her. For the next two weeks she should be getting walked at least twice a day for a total of 90 minutes a day. Then I would start to introduce a turnout regime to introduce her back into work. When she is on full turnout again is when I would start to seriously think about riding her.
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What anebel has said is ideal. Hand walking is especially important and I think it will really help. When you build her up some more, I also recc longeing with the tack on, to allow her to kick up her heels. It sounds as if she has plenty of energy after being cooped up so long so for the safety of both of you, it is imperative that you take baby steps and be very consistent about her workout routine, taking time to build it up gradually.
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post #5 of 6 Old 02-01-2010, 01:36 PM
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WHat is she being fed - you need to calm her down. I would not want you to starve her but consider the calorie intake. Nothing heating.

Lungeing is great - as long as you are in control - she must walk.
Lay down some poles and make her look where she is going.
If you can create a round training pen, then she can run loose round and round until she gives up

I personally also believe in in-hand work on a halter - preferably one which pulls down on both the nose and the poll. She can see you at her eye level.
Lots of walk ons and stops. Lots of tight circles. You should wear some sturdy boots and some tough gloves.

Little and often - try to make her concentrate.

Eventually you must be able to stop her under saddle upon request.

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post #6 of 6 Old 02-01-2010, 01:52 PM
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I'm facing the same problem right now. What I plan on doing when he's better, is to start training from the ground up. Like he's never been ridden. Just to make sure that he knows whats going on, and whats aceptable and whats not. He's already a pretty push guy already, so if he's not been ridden or worked for a month or so... I know I have my work cut out for me.

My advice is to just take baby steps. You mare was pretty sick from the sound of things. Make sure your going at her pace, and you don't accientally throw everything at her at once.

As for the bit thing, if I where you and when you are both ready, I would put a briddle on her with no reins, and let hang out with that in her mouth for a hour or so. Then, depending on how she handled that, I would take both sides of the bit and gently pull on it. Back and forth, just so that she can feel it move in her mouth.

Hope this helped, and good luck to the both of you! :)
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