I rescued a 20 year old Appy/Arabian mare. Now this mare has more training than me! She was a 4-H horse for several years, then she did pony club. Was a trail horse for several years. Was a pasture puff for 4 years or so and then "rescued" by the lady that gave her to me. I went to see her on Saturday and picked her up on Sunday. She had 10 to 15 other horses on 2 acres. No pasture at all. This mare was thin! Hubby is not a horse person and he loaded he into the trailer!
She was selling several of the horses. All had issues. She tacked up the mare and I rode her for a few minutes. She did everything I asked no fighting or bad behavior even though the saddle was pinching her withers. I would have tossed me into the dirt!
Now, after having her here since Sunday she is looking 75 percent better. She was very dehydrated! She has had free choice hay and enrich 32. Now this old girl is covered in scars. I do not know what they are from but I hope they aren't old scars from a whip.
I decided to do a little work with her in the round pen, started off Ok with her walking. I ask for a trot and swing the training stick at her and she bolts! She is tearing around the round pen like the devil is on her tail. I try to get her to change direction and she turns her butt to me and let's go with both feet.
This goes on until she slips and falls! She finally stops at this point I've put the stick down and only have the lead rope. I ask her to come in and she does. Puts down her head, sighs, licks and chews. I rub her ears for a minute, pick up the training stick and try to rub her with it. She has a melt down. Explodes backwards away from the stick. I get her to calm down and try again to touch her with the stick. She starts shaking! Long story short, by the end of all of this I can rub her all over With the stick and she is fine.
I'm thinking I made a huge mistake! I want this little mare to be my daughters 4-h horse. She is a beginner! This mare can be pushy at times but is learning that we don't tolerate that kind of behavior here. Ahhhhhh! What do I do?