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post #1 of 6 Old 09-19-2011, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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I recently bought a mare I have loved for seven years. She's 23 and when I bought her she was dead lame. I stopped riding her about 1 1/2 years ago. Mind you, she was wild until she was 16 and I "broke" her.

When I bought her, I thought she would be lame forever (that's what the vet said) but a month later she jumped out of our 4 foot ring fence (she's 13.1 hands).

I love her more than life but I'm more than a bit afraid to ride her again. I have been lunging her and letting her jump on the lunge but she's bored.

I want to ride her but I'm afraid of hurting her again. I'm also afraid it won't be the same as before. We were so in tune it was disgusting and i don't know if could ever be the same.

Should I just have a friend ride her and teach (I teach riding lessons full time) or should I ride her myself? Please help... I love my mare, but I really don't want to hurt her. She was sooooo lame before.
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-20-2011, 05:48 AM
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Do you know exactly what caused the lameness? What bone or muscle was hurt?

You can tell a gelding. You can ask a stallion. But you must discuss it with a mare. -Unknown
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post #3 of 6 Old 09-20-2011, 08:04 AM
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If you do lessons, I'm assuming you're a somewhat experienced rider... why wouldn't you get on her? In fear "it wouldnt be the same"? How will you know if you dont try? You can't win if you dont play the game ;)

Why don't you get on her and just walk around? Do that the first few times you ride, and see how she does. Then do walk/trot for a while. You will be able to tell how she goes from there.
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post #4 of 6 Old 09-20-2011, 09:31 AM
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Her age has nothing to do with how you approach this. It seems fear is a big issue and there is no other way than thru it. Why not just start at the beginning? A good place. And the beginning is wherever each of you are right now. Teach her to Curbside and slide off and on and get comfortable on her. Build your confidence and get a feel for how she's willing to be without 'riding' out. You can't ride until you get on anyway so just get on and then get off.
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-20-2011, 04:24 PM
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Sounds to me like she needs a thorough vet check before any riding plans are made.
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-21-2011, 02:34 PM
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I've taught lessons while riding another horse.
If she's sound no reason to not try her out. I think she'll remember.
I'm glad you got her after such a long time.
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