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        05-04-2007, 12:07 AM
    Advice please!

    My friend has had a horse for about 2 years now, and she hardly ever gets to ride it as she lives around an hour away from where she keeps it. Because of this he now bucks and bolts, and she says she can't ride him without using a sedative. She was talking to me yesterday saying about how she should really sell him because he would be better off with someone else as she doesn't have time.I agreed and told her she should definitely sell him, but she said she can't sell him as he is now because of how dangerous he is. So she asked me to help her re- train him etc. becuase i've had a lot of experience with horses and riding( though I don't have my own horse). Would it be to dangerous if he is really as bad as she said he is, and what should I do to get him back to how he was before? I haven't really had much experience in training horses before.
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        05-04-2007, 12:20 AM
    I would say by yourself if you haven't had experience with training horses, you should not do it. However, if there is a trainer of knowledgable person who can help you and give you pointers from the sidelines, i'd say go for it! Since you said you have a lot of experience with horses in general, all you natural instincts will kick in if the horse pulls anything, but just in case its good to have someone else there to help.
    Good luck!
        05-04-2007, 12:27 AM
    Thanks , i'll try to get one of the owners of the agistment to come and help...would it be better to do alot of groundwork, or do you think he just needs to get used to being ridden again?
        05-04-2007, 01:28 AM
    I wouldn't. If you are questioning this, then I feel as if you don't have enough confidence to do this. The horse will pick up on this. If you must train this horse, absolutely get a professional to assist you.
        05-04-2007, 05:40 AM
    I agree with Kristy totally!......if you are doubting yourself now, then how are you going to cope when a couple of feet come off the ground? Your freind could sell the horse honestly and wear the loss of money on the chin, or get a trainer who knows what they are doing to retrain the horse.
        05-04-2007, 05:33 PM
    Does the horse actually need to be re-trained, or does he just need a refresher on how to behave? How did he behave before she stopped riding him? Personally I wouldn't hesitate to do some schooling with him, but I'm confident that I'd know what to do if he bucked or bolted. If you're not sure you could handle one of those situations, then don't try it - it will just make him worse. Sounds like he needs a lot of groundwork, lunging and then some work under saddle in an enclosed space. Doesn't sound like he really needs to be re-trained to me though. JMO
        05-05-2007, 10:42 PM
    I really don't know because i've never met him... he was an ex trail horse and I think he was really quiet before, but now what she's saying is that he's really dangerous and stuff, and that's the first i've heard of it...I don't think he needs to be re trained, but that's what she said she thought he needed...i just think he hasn't been ridden in ages and maybe needs some work... if I was going to do stuff with him, I think I would do some groundwork and schooling, I wouldn' t try to completely re-train him or anything by myself...i wouldn't want to stuff that up :s
        05-06-2007, 06:44 PM
    Ex-trail horse meaning that he was previously used in a riding school/hacking stables? If that is so then you may experience more than a few probs... we have had problems down the school in the past if a horse has been off-work for as little as two weeks and only on grass! We have often had to take them out of lessons (even advanced) altogether to prevent possible bombings/rears/bucks/general hyperness. I would most certainly advise getting professional help, particularly if you don't know the horse.
        05-10-2007, 03:33 PM
    I definitely think professional help is called for. Could she perhaps pay for a 30 day "refresher" and then once tuned up, you could put a few more mile on it? Sounds like he needs a few more wet blankets before being sold.
        05-14-2007, 05:12 AM
    Originally Posted by naggy_jack
    thanks , i'll try to get one of the owners of the agistment to come and help...would it be better to do alot of groundwork, or do you think he just needs to get used to being ridden again?
    hi, im new to this sight but by what I've read I would say that you are better of fdoing a bit of ground work with the horse first, eaven if you try and do a bit of joining up with the horse in the yard, just so that he has a few ground manners and then if and when anything does happen when you are riding him hopefully he wont leave you for dust and run off onto the distance.
    Just try and see what he is like in the round yard and if he will follow youu and then if he will stop when you stop, but make sure he is awere and respectfull of your space

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