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    06-03-2013, 09:59 PM
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Foal
Should I ride my mare????

I have a thoroughbred mare. I fell and hurt my back. I can ride I again but it's been 5 months since I have rode and she's been ridden. The lady that owns the farm I board at told me just to get on her and ride. I was told I should do some ground work and lunge her then ride her after she starts to get better manners because she's kinda rude and thinks she's the boss. She also was a harder horse To ride before and she wouldn't take the bit before I fell and feel like its going to be even worse now. I don't know what to do.
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    06-03-2013, 10:01 PM
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Trained
I would say groundwork first is probably a good idea, even if just to make sure your horse has her marbles about her and is paying attention.
     
    06-03-2013, 10:02 PM
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Trained
Sounds like a dangerous choice to ride. I would find a brave, experienced person to ride her for the first few times to work out the kinks. Don't put yourself into danger. Be smart.
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    06-03-2013, 10:07 PM
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Green Broke
I would do ground work first for a little while then have a friend or someone hop on before you get on just to make sure she isn't going to go bucking bronco holy moly I'm out! Across the arena or trail.
     
    06-03-2013, 10:24 PM
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Started
Chances are your back is weaker than a perfectly healthy, strong back even if you've been okayed to ride. I, personally, would find someone who hasn't been hurt and hasn't had so much time off to get her rolling again and behaving well. Invest in some lessons, work on your ground work, just to have eyes on the ground to make sure all goes well.
     
    06-03-2013, 10:24 PM
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I'll jump on the ground work hay wagon.

Respect, trust, and manners. And maybe ya wouldn't of had 5 months off.
And most importantly, it'll likely help with your nerves, or gun shy of riding.
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    06-03-2013, 10:30 PM
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Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
Sounds like a dangerous choice to ride. I would find a brave, experienced person to ride her for the first few times to work out the kinks. Don't put yourself into danger. Be smart.
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What CLaPorte said. Especially as your mare is a TB! I don't buy into the "TBs are nuts" camp but they do manage to keep themselves surprisingly fit just hanging out in the paddock. When my friend's horse Star would come back from a spell she'd always get me to jump on first to ride the "crazy" out of her, after I'd done some groundwork. After a few days of work she'd be right back to her normal, easy to control self. But those first few days after a few months off were always hairy! (And she was only 14.2hh, never trained to race - so she's easier than most!)

Even if you're doing groundwork I'd suggest wearing a helmet til she's not so full of beans.
     
    06-03-2013, 10:57 PM
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Foal
Thanks. I am going to have my friend help me with her. I am defiantly going to do ground work. The lady thinks I am crazy for keeping her if I am not going to just hop on and ride her now. Oh well. I am defiantly not getting in her until I work with her ground manners. Then I will have a more experienced rider ride her.
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    06-03-2013, 11:03 PM
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Groundwork and find someone competant to ride her a few times since it's been 5 months of no riding..

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Thanks. I am going to have my friend help me with her. I am defiantly going to do ground work. The lady thinks I am crazy for keeping her if I am not going to just hop on and ride her now. Oh well. I am defiantly not getting in her until I work with her ground manners. Then I will have a more experienced rider ride her.
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The only crazy lady in this equation is her. Some horses aren't "jump on and ride"
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    06-03-2013, 11:17 PM
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Green Broke
Lots of people think lots of things, but usually it's best for you to consider your options and choose for yourself.

I fell from my horse and cracked part of my spine about two years ago. I'm super cautious now. Even though I gave it a lot of rest it's not how it quite was, and it will probably always be a weak spot for me. Do some ground work and get on when you feel comfortable. Or have someone else got on first.
     

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