This is my very first time posting on this forum! I am back in the horse scene after a 12 year hiatus... I feel whole again being around horses, but I have to admit I am a bit rusty. I just took over care of a beautiful, big 11 year old thoroughbred mare. She is fundementally a great horse. However, she is a rescue. A year ago she was rescued from a bad situation where she was found confined in an 8x8 indoor stall...Even worse she was about 400 pounds underweight. The rest of the circumtances we are not aware of... this is all the information we have about her previous situation. The good news is that she is now perfectly healthy, and has adjusted pretty well to her new life. She has a lot less issues than one would expect for a horse that came from her situation. She is pretty well mannered under the saddle... at least that has been my experience from the 3 times I have ridden her so far. However, she is a grouchy gal... her ground manners are not so good. She walks in to me while leading, she does not like me to touch her, especially her face and neck. She does not stand still while grooming... she swishes me with her tail and gets nippy, She is generally pretty nervous. Cleaning her hind hooves are nearly impossible, she kicks. She seems distracted and on edge at all times.
Prior to my hiatus I rode nearly every day for 15 years. I had a wonderful horse who was very sweet and gentle. Because I am not used to a very nervous horse, and because I am out of practice... I feel right now I lack confidence . I know this mare has been through a lot, and is very apprehensive of humans... I would like to learn how to gain her trust and respect, help her with her anxiety, and in turn feel more confident in my ability to handle her.
I would like to start by educating myself with some good techniques and knowledge. I am just starting to research some of the programs out there.... I am looking at Clinton Anderson as many on this forum seem to like him... also I guess Parelli is good as well??? Anyone have any opinions? What do you suggest for my situation?
Thank you !!!!
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