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post #1 of 45 Old 03-05-2013, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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New Horse Owner Under Unfortunate Circumstaces!

My name is Gina I live in Central Illinois and in 11 days will be starting a new foriegn journey in life. Horse ownership...Im excited but very scared at the same time, lol. My brother in law has become very ill and can no longer care for his horse...So my husband agreed to take her on. I love horses and have always wanted to own one. I used to pay to trail ride on the robots at the park but didnt think I'd own a horse in my lifetime. I have been reading the threads on here for a week and have found a lot of very helpful information and learned a lot of new things...including the meaning of sheath cleaning, lmbo! Thankfully that is a skill I will not need. Anyways...I have never taken lessons nor do I have time. I understand that this is something that is HIGHLY recommended and wish it possible. I am a stay at home mother of 5 children ranging in age from 10 to 4 year old twins...so I am pretty tied down to the house. I do however have plenty of time at my own house. Just looking for some information that could be useful and maybe some guidance. I have been speaking with some aquaintances in my local area who have also volunteered to help me out with anything they can. We have already got our pasture ready, purchased new tack, stocked up on hay, have her stall ready in the barn as well. Now for a little about her...Her name is Penelope, she is a 9 yr old mare QH. 15.1hh and approx. 1300lbs. She is broke. I have ridden her a few times but again I am no pro...just kind of walked around the round pen for a while. She has always been a sweet horse to my knowledge and I know my b-i-l rode her frequently. I just need some advice I guess not on anything particular just anything you think I may need to be aware of. I would like to continue riding her as I don't want her just to graze in the pasture and just live her days out eating all the grass, lol. Thanks in advance and again this is a great forum...so many informatice posts and very intelligent individuals!!!
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post #2 of 45 Old 03-05-2013, 11:24 PM
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Trainers make house calls!

You can take riding lessons at your own house. I keep my horse at my friend's house and we put her toddler down for a nap right before the trainer arrives and leave my 9yr old in the house so if the toddler wakes up, she can come get us. We also haul a baby monitor down to the barn as a secondary precaution.
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post #3 of 45 Old 03-05-2013, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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I had no idea! That's actually great news. I assumed you had to go to their stables. Guess tomorrow morning I'll start calling around! How do I go about finding a trainer?
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post #4 of 45 Old 03-05-2013, 11:29 PM
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Sorry for the circumstances of your new arrival but kudos to you for taking his mare in. I live in central IL also :) One thing I can think of is that you should ask about her worming and vaccines. When were they last done, what kinds, etc. I'm sure you know that until you have a really good idea of her manners that the little ones need to stay well away. Do you know what your BIL used her for? Trail? Team penning? That might give you an idea of her training level. I wish of the best of luck in this new endevor, you will never be the same, lol

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post #5 of 45 Old 03-05-2013, 11:42 PM
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My name is Gina I live in Central Illinois and in 11 days will be starting a new foriegn journey in life. Horse ownership...Im excited but very scared at the same time, lol. My brother in law has become very ill and can no longer care for his horse...So my husband agreed to take her on. I love horses and have always wanted to own one. I used to pay to trail ride on the robots at the park but didnt think I'd own a horse in my lifetime. I have been reading the threads on here for a week and have found a lot of very helpful information and learned a lot of new things...including the meaning of sheath cleaning, lmbo! Thankfully that is a skill I will not need. Anyways...I have never taken lessons nor do I have time. I understand that this is something that is HIGHLY recommended and wish it possible. I am a stay at home mother of 5 children ranging in age from 10 to 4 year old twins...so I am pretty tied down to the house. I do however have plenty of time at my own house. Just looking for some information that could be useful and maybe some guidance. I have been speaking with some aquaintances in my local area who have also volunteered to help me out with anything they can. We have already got our pasture ready, purchased new tack, stocked up on hay, have her stall ready in the barn as well. Now for a little about her...Her name is Penelope, she is a 9 yr old mare QH. 15.1hh and approx. 1300lbs. She is broke. I have ridden her a few times but again I am no pro...just kind of walked around the round pen for a while. She has always been a sweet horse to my knowledge and I know my b-i-l rode her frequently. I just need some advice I guess not on anything particular just anything you think I may need to be aware of. I would like to continue riding her as I don't want her just to graze in the pasture and just live her days out eating all the grass, lol. Thanks in advance and again this is a great forum...so many informatice posts and very intelligent individuals!!!
Welcome to horse forum!! And to the new world of horse ownership!!

I would take the time for Penelope to get settled into her new home first, spend time just grooming her or watching her. Seeing you have ridden at a walk in the round pen before on her, just start off with that and before you know it you will progress. I was away for horses for over 30yrs. And was 43 when I got back into them, no lessons ever. I took my time with my mare and now she's 11 and her/I have come such a long ways in our journey, I couldn't ask for more of a great partner for trail riding.....good luck and have fun......sorry to hear about your b-i-l :(

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post #6 of 45 Old 03-05-2013, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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I suppose if I had to take a stab at it I'd say he used her for pleasure/leisure. He used to ride her into town, to the mail box, lol. He didnt really do anything specific with her. I know she is utd on her vaccines but will probably need wormed and I also need to call in farrier b/c her hooves do need done. I kind of thought once she gets here I will give her a week or so to settle in before I try to do a whole lot with her. I'm not sure that is the best choice I just thought it'd be helpful to her...Please correct me if I'm wrong though. My kids are all very excited but my husband and I have drilled into them that she may act different being in a new place and that their normal behaviour (feeding her apples and such) may need to be put off for a while. Since your in the Central IL do you have any recommendations for farrier...I know of a young man out of Easton and that's it. I only know him b/c my kids and I watched him shoe a horse for a 4H outing.
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post #7 of 45 Old 03-05-2013, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Something that I am really nervous about is the fact that I do not own a round pen...I have wood posts left over from putting up the fence that I put up so eventually we can build one but right now I've kind of exhausted a lot of funds just getting things ready for her...I even bought 2 goats as pasture pals, lol. I'm very nervous about riding her w/o a round pen. In our barn we built a small area for her to come in out of the weather about 24x40 and I thought I could saddle her and kind of move around in there but again its not very big, lol.
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Hi,
You can check farm and garden listings on craigslist for trainers and lessons, also your local feed store may have a bulliten board up where local people can advertise their services. You'll also need to look for a farrior to trim hooves. You can read a ton of posts on here about anything you want to know about health, feeding and riding. Hope you have lots of years of fun together. As mentioned in earlier post get to know her before turning kids loose around her stress to them to never ever ever run up behind her and always speak to her so she'll know you're there and to watch their feet, not to get too close and get stepped on cause even though it's not on purpose a grown horse hoof on four year old toes really hurts. Heck it hurts anyones toes, so make a rule for them " no barefoot or sandals when around the horse" boots are best protection., that and being aware of where the feet are. I've got a four year old granddaughter here and a really good mare and pony but still remind her almost everyday :) because as you know already small kids have very short attention spans.
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post #9 of 45 Old 03-06-2013, 12:05 AM
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Darn, you are a little too far north of me to recommend anyone. You might try asking at the local feed store or vet who is available/well liked. As for not having a round pen, do you have a fenced pasture or paddock? You will probably want to do some ground work with her before you do much riding so that she knows that you are her herd leader. You can do that on a lunge line or at liberty in a smaller square paddock.

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post #10 of 45 Old 03-06-2013, 12:05 AM
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welcome to the forum you could ask some of the people with 4h question they are helpful and you may find help with chorus from kids with 4 H. Also look in to any horse council in your area one more thing tell the vet that the horse is at your place and you are taken her so the record get in your name. Good luck have fun :)

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