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    07-25-2009, 03:26 AM
  #1
Foal
Unhappy New Horse/New Owner/New Problems

Hello...first of all, I just want to say That I LOVE THIS SITE!

I have been a horse owner for 6 whole days. I am realistic and don't expect a miracle, however Sam is 14 years old and my problems are new according to the old owners. I have had the worst luck ever! The first time I rode him I am guessing he had too much to eat and he layed down and rolled on the ground. He follows other horses instead of my directions. I am improving since I have learned to use my legs, unstead of only the reins.The second day, we walked then trotted following a friend and her horse. Her horse is 19 and fast as lightening. Her mare began to gallop, I encouraged Sam...and up goes the front, off I began and his rear came up and hit my back before my back landed my fall. I hear about 10 pops in my back and I dint move. I looked at him expecting to be trampled and he was inching toward me looking frightened and confused at what had just happend. I cried from heart ache, and got back on...not encouraging a gallop again. The next time he got alot better. He began to neck rein. He didn't follow the mare the entire time and I used techniques the previous owners gave me. They came the next day to see Sam and I in action. This time using a smaller saddle that my feet were actually in the stirrups. We didn't use a back girth like I had been, I learned that their land was on a steep mountain and he wasn't used to galloping at all. A 13 yr old boy that has learned to ride on Sam got on him and showed me that Sam will Gallop, stop, neck rein, back, and even stretch his long front legs out to get lower so it's easier to get on this 17hh horse. I rode him for a couple of hours and he did well. Today was the first day I tried it alone. He does NOT wasnt to take the bit for me. We struggle and Im in a sweat and he's tossing his head and I get so frustrated. Finally I succeeded. We took a new route where there were no other horses. BIG mistake. He got spooked by the new scenery. When I pulled back to a whoa, he would only side step. I tried to turn around to head back and he would struggle. Usually if he wont go in the correct direction I can make a circle and he will go the way I want. But there was an electric fence near and I was worried we would run into it. So, I got off, walked him back to the barn and untacked. Please give me much needed advice. I would love to hear what I am doing wrong. I do Love this Big Boy and want to be consistent and build his trust and respect. Thank you for reading.
     
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    07-26-2009, 11:12 AM
  #2
Foal
Congratulations on your new horse!!! Can you take lessons on Sam? I'm not trying to be mean, so please don't take it that way.... but it sounds like you do not have the correct skills or knowledge of skills to communicate well with Sam, so Sam is pretty much doing what he wants.... lessons on Sam would greatly enhance your new horse experience!
     
    07-26-2009, 02:31 PM
  #3
Green Broke
^^ I agree. Lessons (even a few just to build back your confidence) would probably help you greatly in the long run. If your horse is this bad behaved and you aren't very experienced, you can get seriously hurt. I'd advise you get a good [riding] teacher.

Congratulations on the new horse!
     
    08-03-2009, 01:54 PM
  #4
Started
A new horse

You have had him only for a few days - take it easy. He is in new surroundings. He has lost his mates and you are a new rider to him.
To settle him down will take time. He has got to get to know you.
He is the right age and by the sound of what the young lad did, he knows what to do. He has just got to learn to do it with you.
It is all about confidence, yours in him, his in you.

Go back to basics. Walk and trot and slow canter only when you are ready. Same route every time for a bit. Let him build up a map of the surroundings. Get to know the feel of him.

The idea of tuition is a good one - someone knowledgable needs to watch the pair of you and see what's going on. It would be a good investment.

If you give him a bit of love that's good - he'll know. But if you are nervous, then he'll know that too.
Take it easy.
B G
PS Ask your riding partner to take it a bit easy next time.
     
    08-03-2009, 09:23 PM
  #5
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Barry Godden    
You have had him only for a few days - take it easy. He is in new surroundings. He has lost his mates and you are a new rider to him.
To settle him down will take time. He has got to get to know you.
He is the right age and by the sound of what the young lad did, he knows what to do. He has just got to learn to do it with you.
It is all about confidence, yours in him, his in you.

Go back to basics. Walk and trot and slow canter only when you are ready. Same route every time for a bit. Let him build up a map of the surroundings. Get to know the feel of him.
I agree...patience and take it slow. It can take months for a horse to adjust to a new owner, home, and herd...your new horse has a lot of things on his mind right now.
     
    08-03-2009, 09:28 PM
  #6
Green Broke
The first thing I would say is master one step at a time. You and Sam need to get completely on the same page a the walk before you can hope to have any control/rapport at a trot- THEN - at the canter, etc. It's all new and exciting and you want to try it all, but sometimes we have to practice a little delayed gratification (and, in the end, have MORE gratification).
     

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