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post #11 of 21 Old 12-21-2011, 08:06 AM
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A test I've found, to see if a horse might accept a rider, is to jump up and down next to their side. If they have been backed regularly, they should stand still. If they move away quickly, not just take a couple steps, I would be leary of them being backed previously.

I agree that you should work them on the ground first to see where they are at before trying to mount.
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post #12 of 21 Old 12-21-2011, 09:20 AM
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i'v done this quite a bit, getting on strange horses you know nothing about. In my opinion just get a feel for how they are on the ground, and work from there up. If you feel comfortable, which I know I often do just hop on and be prepared for anything good luck!
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post #13 of 21 Old 12-21-2011, 09:30 AM
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A test I've found, to see if a horse might accept a rider, is to jump up and down next to their side.
My horses would turn to face you and wait for your seizure to end.
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My horses would turn to face you and wait for your seizure to end.
And the ones that haven't been rode would flip out and try to get away.
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post #15 of 21 Old 12-21-2011, 03:09 PM
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I would work with them as if they had never had a saddle on and I was starting them from scratch. That way, you won't expect too much from them and you can be pleasantly surprised if they end up knowing a little something.

Don't ever make an assumption though. Assumptions around horses will get you killed.
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post #16 of 21 Old 12-21-2011, 04:34 PM
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I would not take them on the trail either
I would also lunge them first and ride in riding arena
And also have someone there too will help
Go slow

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post #17 of 21 Old 12-21-2011, 05:08 PM
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I wouldnt ride them yet. I would start from scratch as well. I did it with an auction horse I just bought a month ago and we are already w/t/c after a ton of retraining from the ground. Plus after all the training I have fixed alot of the previous holes in his training which saves me a ton of work now :)
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post #18 of 21 Old 12-22-2011, 09:30 AM
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And the ones that haven't been rode would flip out and try to get away.
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Honestly can't say I have ever worked up to that point where the horse would flip out. I would not put a horse in a position to potentially freak it out so I had to UNDO what I had worked to build up to.
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post #19 of 21 Old 12-22-2011, 02:22 PM
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I did this a few times.
The first time. "the horse is a kids horse and well broke" he was soo slow. That the other horses left him in the dust.. and that was only walking. Nothing else. After they walked off and left this trudging guy, he decides to throw me in a briar patch...

The 2nd time I decided to be a bit smarter. They said "this horse is CRAZY and you can't get near her nor put tack on her or she will start running and bucking" well her ground manners were immpeccable. But her hair was so gnarled it took me 3 hours to get the knots out.. anyway I tossed a saddle pad on her.. and she stood perfect.. I tossed a saddle on her.. still perfect. She took the bit like a wonder. However she didn't know her directions that well. I decided to try more of a halter then a bridle so that it shows her the correct direction. She picked it up quickly and learned to used the bridle (this is us riding in a round pen) about my 3rd time on her we took her on the trail. And she was a PRO. Walked right through water. Lead, followed, trotted, stopped. And it was only her 3rd ride. We came to a clearing and a breeze came through the leaves and it scared her. She went crazy bronco and me I was still hanging on to my reins and my foot was caught in my stirrup. She drug me about 50 foot over gravel and rough rocks. I got back on her all bruised and bleeding, my shin sollen the size of a soft ball. And she continued on perfect the next 4 hours. Not a single problem. She is now the best horse EVER.

3rd time.. a little less smart. The owner worked with him and he rode fine for the owner. He wanted to see how he did with me. The horse had clearly been abused. Because the sound of a pop scared him (owner was riding a different horse popping him) the owner had only had this one for about 2 weeks (the one I was riding) he reared straight up (now unlike most people I am more comfortable with a rear then I am with a buck..) I tried to tell him the popping was scaring him. But he continued on.. as he kept popping his horse to go the one I am was on grew more nervous. Eventually he went under a low tree and the sound of the leaves spooked me and we played ring around the tree while bucking and rearing. After being gauged in the stomache with my saddle horn I bailed..

Moral of the stories? PLAY and mess and teach the horse and just be around them before getting on their backs! And even then.. always expect the unexpected..


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post #20 of 21 Old 12-22-2011, 08:14 PM
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Honestly can't say I have ever worked up to that point where the horse would flip out. I would not put a horse in a position to potentially freak it out so I had to UNDO what I had worked to build up to.
Maybe my wording wasn't right. Not that they would flip out and go beserk but they would spook. Also I meant to bounce not really jump.

If they can't take me bouncing next to them then they probably aren't ready for someone to jump up on them.

This test would be when first evaluating them before I would have done any training with them. So if they spook I would know they aren't ready.

When I mount up on a horse, I do a couple bounces before going up to get momentum. So I do use it to train them. If they spook when training, I would keep bouncing next to them until they stand calmly.
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