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post #1 of 16 Old 04-25-2013, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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So excited!! Found a Possible Lease

Hey so I have been looking for more time in the saddle since an hour each week is just a tease to what I used to do when I was with Sky.

Someone contacted me about their unraced 12 year old thoroughbred mare. She's done some lower levels of dressage and jumping, great on the road, and seems sweet.

I'm really excited. I've never leased a horse I didn't know before.. I get to meet the mare and the owner this weekend :) I will keep you updated and will rename my journal so I can add posts there :)

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post #2 of 16 Old 04-25-2013, 07:12 PM
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Make sure to ask the owner if the mare has ever staggered.. Apparently it's not a common thing outside of NZ so it's important for you to know if you don't already. It can make them stagger as if they are drunk, or it can make them violent without reason. If the mare is on ryegrass (very common here) then just check and make sure, some get it more than others but it's always good to ask.

But yay We need pictures too if you get her.

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Thank you!!

I definitely will take lots of photos :)
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post #4 of 16 Old 04-25-2013, 07:37 PM
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That is so exciting!
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post #5 of 16 Old 04-26-2013, 08:47 AM
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sounds like the possibility for great news. Hope everything turns out great and you are able to have a lease to help the both of you out.

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post #6 of 16 Old 04-28-2013, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Alright so I tried out the mare.

She hadn't been worked in a month and it shows. While she has lovely gaits, she is not a fan of contact and gapes her mouth to avoid the bit. I took her for a spin and when I asked her to turn she cantered. Her canter was very nice though not what I wanted.

Her trot was nice but inconsistent. She'd slow down when she wanted and speed up when she wanted. She tripped a few times while I was trotting her. I took her over some ground poles and she did well but rushed them.

I felt the muscles on her neck and they were really stiff and hard. So I began to massage them and she loooooooved it. I picked her feet without too many issues. When her owner was girthing her up she was very girth sour about it and she was going slow. The owner bought her own tack and the bit is what I consider EXTREMELY thick.. like bigger than both of my thumbs combined. It's a 2 jointed bit but with loose rings. She wears a bridle with a flash. I'm not sure that this is what she is happiest in since she gapes her mouth about 90% of the ride.

The owner has a lunging whip and line but has never lunged her. She's 12 years old and apparently with her previous owner did some dressage and jumping.. though she was probably pushed too hard too fast since she doesn't seem that experienced.

We went for a ride through the hills towards the beach and down the road. She's not super spooky but she did startle now and then.

I have a chance to ride/work with her throughout the week and on Sundays. It's at no cost to me but I'm wondering if I should take up this offer or pass. Basically it's another project from which the only benefits would be more miles in the saddle for me and helping this mare feel more comfortable.
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Honestly, I would take her up on the offer. It's free so what do you have to lose? You'll gain more experience :) I'm doing the same thing almost. I've had a free lease since early this month with a 6 year old TB gelding that was bred to race but never had any starts (he didn't have the drive). He's very green. I'm taking a weekly lesson on him and I've already noticed a HUGE difference in him. It's a lease to own so hopefully in the next few weeks he will be mine.

So I say you should ride this lease since it's not costing you anything and maybe try to take a lesson with the horse here and there :)
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I agree take her up on the offer.
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post #9 of 16 Old 04-28-2013, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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Alright I will definitely need some advice on her "issues" then. And I'll post a diary of her progress. I have maximum 8 months with her.. we'll see how this goes. I plan on lunging her on some days and then working with a halter and reins to see if she prefers that to a bit and then down the road re-incorporate it. Work on some ground work too.

But she has a saddle that fits and I can order some fuzzy reins to work with her in instead of the leadropes. :)
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Great news! Will be fun to hear how things go.

Maybe you can get her a thinner bit, too.

Stay safe. Don't go off in the hills or such until you feel you have good brakes and good steering.
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