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post #1 of 10 Old 12-20-2008, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Question about my new mare

Im just starting in horses have had a few and know a lil about the basics

i decided that i would spend a lil money and buy a good horse and get it over with
i always liked the rocky mountain saddle horse and always wanted one
so i found me one off a guy that i know and he is very honest
so i bought her sight un seen
she is bred great
her sire is world champ fairwinds storm warning
she is 3 years old
the day he bought her is the only time he rode her and he said she done great
went where ever you pointed her and was very gentle
he said she crossed creeks and jumped ditches with ease and in the deal we worked out on her i had him get his farrier to shoe her and deliver her to me and he said she done great while being shoed
after the guy rode her on that ride the day he bought her he put her up in a stall for 3 months and wasnt let out
untill now
and now i got her and have her in my pasture and shes pretty nervouis she will eat out of my hand but i move a finger and she jerks her head back i can not catch her
just dont sound like the same horse he rode and shoed and i know the guy would not lie to me and told me every thing he knew
and im wondering if this is from being in the stall so long
or in a strange place with a new strange owner
or maybe something else
ive got a ton and i mean a ton of money in her and hope that you guys can help me with this problem
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-20-2008, 09:19 AM
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It can easily take 3-6 months to relax with a new owner and home, and being a 3yr old stalled for months...yikes! She's got to have a ton of nervous energy.
Be patient and take it slow.

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post #3 of 10 Old 12-20-2008, 11:07 AM
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Sounds like you have some work ahead of you. Do you have a trainer lined up to help you out? If not I suggest you get one.
From what I understand she was put in a stall and not ridden or worked for 3 months and then was brought to you right? Thats a long time for a 3 year old to go without some reminder work. She may have been going good at the time, but young horses have short memory's. She may have to start over at page one in her lessons. Good luck with her, and stay safe.

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post #4 of 10 Old 12-20-2008, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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yep thats her story
i dont have a trainer
but i kinda have a knack for workin with them
not the best of overall knowledge by no means
but just have a way of bonding and learning with them
i actually caught her after i posted this
and rode her as well and id say your right
on the starting over again
because she acted like she had never been rode
and tried to throw me
but i was able to calm her down and 30 minutes later
was looking great and held a awesome gait
but then when i put her up she wont come no where near me
but the feed bucket is gonna be a big tool it seems
because it gets her in where i can grab her haulter and pet and love on her but yeah like you said i got a long road ahead
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post #5 of 10 Old 12-20-2008, 02:47 PM
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As long as you are patient with her and you take her a baby step at a time, there is no reason for you not to get her on the right track. When I first bought my draft cross she wasn't even halter broke or had ever been even handled by anyone and you couldn't get near her. With patience and proper handling, she got used to things and became better and better and she is now an amazing horse.

Be patient, take your time because the proper training now is going to be worth it's weight in gold long term wise.
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post #6 of 10 Old 12-20-2008, 03:07 PM
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She's a very young horse whose been cooped up way too long.
She's just been taken away from everything that she had gotten used to, so it's just going to take her a little while to adjust.

Just be patient with her, and just get her out and goom her every now and then to help with the "bonding". You also might want to try some ground work to also help with building some trust
I personally wouldn't ride her until she is comfortable with her surroundings.

Good luck with her. =]
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post #7 of 10 Old 12-20-2008, 07:17 PM
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Not to sound rude but. . . I have a hard time imagining why anyone would leave a 3 year old in a stall for 3 months. There are the exceptions of show horses but those stall babies are in still worked etc. If the horse has this many anxiety issues I would begin to suspect that something fishy had been going on. I would also have a hard time trusting someone that I had never met face to face. No matter how sincere they sounded over the phone or through email, I would have hard time trusting the person. So I would begin to suspect that I had been fed some lies.

It sounds like you're starting from scratch and if you are newish to horses I would suggest getting a trainer. Even people who have been around horses their entire lives get help and there is no shame in it. Having a way with horses isn't everything and doesn't make up for having a long standing, working relationship with the equine species.
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post #8 of 10 Old 12-21-2008, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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your not being rude,
ive knowed the guy for along time
and have hunted with him alot
something fishy or worrying about being lied to is not a issue
he had show horses and she had not been showed yet and those guys tened to keep them in a stall alot from what ive seen
i dont think i need a trainer
so not gonna go that route
and i think its good to ride her
not everytime but evryfew times i get her out to brush her
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-21-2008, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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shes doing much better all ready
she walked up to me and let me pet her just a lil bit ago
also took her for a 3 mile ride earlier this morning
and she was very impressive
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post #10 of 10 Old 12-23-2008, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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my mare is fine now
after just a few days
i can walk up to her in the field and catch her
she loves to be groomed and loved on
shes agreat horse thats smooth in the saddle and she will go anywhere you point her i mean anywhere
thinks for the encouragement to keep her and give her some time.
now im very proud to own her
have a merry christmas
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