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post #1 of 21 Old 12-19-2011, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Tips on riding a strange horse

My uncle brought home two new horses to live with Hershey. He got them for free, and doesn't know much about them. He was told that they had been ridden in the past, but they have not been ridden in a year. I told him I would ride them some time this week to evaluate what they knew. Do you guys have any tips on doing this safely? I have no idea how much training they have. Also they have been ridden western and I only have a english tack.
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post #2 of 21 Old 12-19-2011, 10:02 PM
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Assume nothing, and believe nothing you've been told about these horses until you've checked it out for yourself. Trust your instincts.
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post #3 of 21 Old 12-19-2011, 10:25 PM
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My only tip is that if you think or were told they were trained western, DON'T try to take up contact on the reins at all if you can avoid it. It won't start you guys off on the right foot. :)
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I usually lunge a strange horse beforehand if I feel they are a bit frisky to avoid any problems while in the saddle. Next, I adjust all my tack before getting on, such as stirrups, and I usually lower them a hole or two to make sure I have a nice seat just incase they act unpredictable. I usually wear gloves too because they give me a good grip.

I don't think you'll have a problem riding them english.
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I would definitely longe them first. Without and with tack. Spend some time with them so you're not a "stranger" jumping on their backs... Mount slowly, and feel for changes as you're getting on (left foot in the iron first, pause and feel, watch the horse's tail and ears for signs of aggravation, then continue.) That way you can get a feel for what you're in for. They could be calm as could be, they could throw a fit and try everything to get you off.

Good luck! I hope it goes well :) keep us posted!
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I'd take it slow. They may or may not have been lounged before. I'd work around them a few days, catch & release, work with their feet, see how they tie, then tack up on a lounge line, unsaddle. I wouldn't take a strangers word, or trust a horse as far as I could toss em before I knew how they handled the basics. Good luck!!! How fun!
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post #7 of 21 Old 12-20-2011, 06:42 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the tips everyone.

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I'd take it slow, as FlyGap said before, and act as if I was working with an unbroke horse - first come the simple things, touching, catching, grooming, then - loungeing without and with saddle, only then - riding, keeping in mind to mount carefully, first checking on how the horse reacts to , bridle and bit, saddle, girth, stirrup and saddle flap movement, weight in stirrups, somebody leaning over his back, whips, etc.
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post #9 of 21 Old 12-20-2011, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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First day report: My bridle does not fit them well enough to really ride. They are scared of everything(Brushes, saddle blankets ect.). One of them seems to get used to things pretty quickly the other needs more time with each new experience. I tried to mount the one who catches on faster while my husband held her head, but she promptly threw me. She was fine with me putting weight in one stirrup though. While I wait for my Uncle to get a hold of some new tack I am going to teach them the Parelli games, work on their lunging skills and that sort of thing.

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post #10 of 21 Old 12-21-2011, 07:47 AM
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Sounds like they're not actually broke then. I'd say possibly even barely handled if at all!

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