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        05-18-2010, 05:04 PM
    New to forum and new horse owner

    Hello everyone

    I am Amber a 17 yr old girl that has been around horses my whole life I recently bought my first horse Mystique a palomino quarter horse mare she just turned 4 this past march. I have loved this horse since the day I seen her I knew she would be mine I broke her last yr before I bought her I rode her she is green but now that she is at my home she is having a few problems she wont let me lounge her on her right side I can groom her but when I want to work with her and do some ground work she comes in on me and today she reared she also seems to be having a problem with me doing up the saddle I have a noavel that I am using on her and a friend came out and tried her out with the noavel and she did good but now that it is me working her I feel like she is testing me or something any help or advice would be greatly appreciated thanx everyone
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        05-18-2010, 05:07 PM
    Green Broke
    Punctuation and paragraphs are your friend. If your post is more legible, it is likely to get more of a response. I read through it and wanted to respond, but I am a bit confused as to what, exactly, you are even asking.
        05-18-2010, 05:12 PM
    Yeah, I have no idea what a noavel might be.

    Also, it's longe not lounge. Every time someone says they lounged their horse, all I can think of is a horse in a smoking jacket with a martini.
        05-18-2010, 05:16 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
    Yeah, I have no idea what a noavel might be.

    Also, it's longe not lounge. Every time someone says they lounged their horse, all I can think of is a horse in a smoking jacket with a martini.
    LOL - I always have a mental image of a horse laying around beside the pool. BTW, is it "longe"? I always saw/spelled it "lunge"

    OP - not picking on you, so please don't take it as such. It is just very difficult to suss out where to put the punctuation in your post and some of it will change the meaning quite a bit. Honestly, a post that is hard to understand is often passed over. It's clear you want/need help, and it will be freely given once people know what you are asking.
        05-18-2010, 05:22 PM
    Originally Posted by themacpack    
    LOL - I always have a mental image of a horse laying around beside the pool. BTW, is it "longe"? I always saw/spelled it "lunge"
    The word lunge can be used, although the 'proper' spelling is longe.

    Lungeing or longeing are both acceptable. However, lounging is what my horses do when they're not being worked.

    OP, your post is difficult to read. What I got out of it is that you have a 4 y/o horse who was fine for you before you brought her home, and now she's being bad.

    I have no clue what a noavel is, though. None.
        05-18-2010, 05:24 PM
    Green Broke
    Speaking of lounging and pools -- I went to our local pool supply this weekend to get some test strips (our Holly is coming up on being due). The gentleman asked what kind of pool we had. When I said I didn't have a pool, the strips were for my horse he says........(kid you not), "Your horse has it's own pool?"

    Okay - sorry - enough threadjacking
        05-18-2010, 05:27 PM
    Originally Posted by themacpack    
    "Your horse has it's own pool?"
    Oh that is priceless!

    Y'know, when I buy scads of baby oil, KY jelly, and diapers, I often wonder what the poor cashier is thinking.
        05-18-2010, 05:54 PM
    Ok thank you for pointing out my mistakes I was rushed doing my post.
    In the future I will take my time when posting .
    However I was asking for advice on my mare who yes was fine when I worked with her before buying her.
    Now that she is at my home she seems to have these problems I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how to get her to allow me to lunge her on her right .
    As for the noavel it is a bitless bride invented by Rick Wheat .
    So in closing of my second post :) any help anyone can offer is appreciated .
    Thank you
        05-18-2010, 06:36 PM
    Hey, I learned something new today! It's always a good day when you learn something new. I didn't know a noavel was a bitless bridle.

    Sounds like your mare is left sided. In other words, it's harder for her to turn to the right than the left. Horses are right or left sided, just like people. If she'll longe to the left but not the right, that may be the problem.

    Is she alone at your place or does she have another horse or a companion animal? If she's alone, that could be causing part of her issues. Horses are herd animals and can get panicky and ill mannered if they're alone.

    Plus, who besides you worked with her when she was at her previous owner's? If there was someone more experienced helping you, the horse may have acknowledged that person as the leader, and not you.

    Is your friend more experienced than you? If she is and the horse was responding better to her, then maybe you're confusing the animal with unclear signals.

    You said the mare is green. If you're also green that's probably where a lot of your problems lie. Neither of you knows how to communicate properly with the other.

    Rearing is a no-no in my book. I have a gelding who used to try that with me. A few Come to Jesus meetings, and he learned that behaviour was completely unacceptable.

    You may just be in over your head with this mare, and there's nothing wrong with that as long as you realize it and get some help before either of you get hurt.
        05-18-2010, 08:05 PM
    Yes it is I love learning new things everyday.
    No Mystique is not alone she is with her pasture mate that she has been with since she was born my sister and I each bought a horse from the previous owner.

    The previous owner handled her from birth but by handled I mean lead her,groom her,started lunging her, I am the one who gotin the saddle at breaking time.

    I have been working with horses with my grandmas help since I was 4 and who passed away in Feburary, yes my friend is older she is one of my grandmas friends .

    I wouldnt call myself green and this is the first time she as ever reared my biggest problem is trying to get her to allow me to lunge her on her right and her not allowing me to be on her right side she comes into me and tries to get me on her left.
    Is there any certain tricks to get her to allow me to get on her right side ? Like I said it is only when I want to do ground work with her such as lunging ,or trying to lead her from the right side, grooming she is fine with me on her right.

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