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    08-16-2013, 12:27 AM
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20 year old rescue mare with Issues.....

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?
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    08-16-2013, 01:02 AM
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Weanling
Well she hasn't even been with you for a week yet if I read your post right. If you can work with her then continue to do so and get her in better condition and then see where she's at in 30-60 days. If you don't think she's ok then at least maybe you'd be better able to sell her on to an appropriate home.
If one session got her past the evil horse stick at her brand new home she just may be real easy to handle in another 2 weeks to 30 days.
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    08-16-2013, 01:07 AM
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Showing
I would have a good trainer come out and evaluate the mare. Any good trainer will be able to see around those rough edges like over-reacting to the stick and see the potential underneath.

More importantly, they'll be able to see how much work will be needed to reach that potential and exactly what kind of work it will be.

There is still hope that she'll make an excellent horse for your daughter. She might have just been a little overwhelmed by all the new.
     
    08-16-2013, 01:18 AM
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Originally Posted by oobiedoo    
Well she hasn't even been with you for a week yet if I read your post right. If you can work with her then continue to do so and get her in better condition and then see where she's at in 30-60 days. If you don't think she's ok then at least maybe you'd be better able to sell her on to an appropriate home.
If one session got her past the evil horse stick at her brand new home she just may be real easy to handle in another 2 weeks to 30 days.
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You are right! I'give her 60 days. I was just not expecting such an over reaction from her.
     
    08-16-2013, 01:21 AM
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
I would have a good trainer come out and evaluate the mare. Any good trainer will be able to see around those rough edges like over-reacting to the stick and see the potential underneath.

More importantly, they'll be able to see how much work will be needed to reach that potential and exactly what kind of work it will be.

There is still hope that she'll make an excellent horse for your daughter. She might have just been a little overwhelmed by all the new.
That's my plan. Have to get her teeth floated and chiropractor out also. The thing is, she hasn't been upset about anything. That's why the expo'ision from the stick was so unexpected.
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    08-16-2013, 01:24 AM
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I may be just a tad overprotective of my daughter too....
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    08-16-2013, 01:24 AM
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Showing
I can only venture a guess, but she may have been hit at some point and just had a "ZOMG" moment. I'd have to handle her myself to get a real feel for why she might have reacted that way.

Glad to hear you're going to give her some time and take care of her and get her fixed up .
     
    08-16-2013, 01:34 AM
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
I can only venture a guess, but she may have been hit at some point and just had a "ZOMG" moment. I'd have to handle her myself to get a real feel for why she might have reacted that way.

Glad to hear you're going to give her some time and take care of her and get her fixed up .
She is trying to do what I ask, and she does ask for affection. She acts like a horse that has just been used. If you know what I mean?
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    08-16-2013, 03:30 AM
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Put down the 'training stick' and expect her to react like a new horse with unknown issues. Just lunge her, with a lunge line, no 'training stick'. If she goes crazy, pull her in so she can't keep cantering, with a bit in her mouth.
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    08-16-2013, 04:10 AM
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Weanling
Good :) I understand how it is when it comes to your babies. I bought a 5 yr old pony for my granddaughter last year and I've wondered many times since if I made a mistake. Chloe's only 4 yrs old so I'm not letting her completely loose on any horse/pony yet, So far Ms.Star has been really good with her, there's no kick, no bite which is almost better than I can say for Granny by the end of the day. So I'm hanging onto the pony, ponies being like they are this is probably the best I'll get.
Sure hope she works out for your daughter and they have many happy years together. How old is your daughter? I hope we can find a 4-H program locally when Chloe's old enough.
Let us know how the mare comes along and pictures would be great.
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