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post #1 of 5 Old 09-02-2013, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Been a Slacker, Hoping to Fix That

Ain't been on the forum in awhile. Haven't rode my horse much at all. My horse is fat and lazy, which he tends to be anyway, but more-so now. Unfortunately, my life has been a roller coaster as far as living situation and mental health. However, after recent changes in my relationship status, I am now working on the slow, hard road to recovery. My horse is "homework" as recommended by my therapist.

So, I've decided to try going from scratch with both of us. We're both really out of shape. I lack any proper training spaces and have figured that some nice long trail walks via halter and lead would be a fair starting point for us. He's nothing more than a trail horse. Showing would ever be limited to "fun shows."

My plan this far is to get a good farrier who am actually bring his feet back to a proper shape. He's too far on his heels. I'm also going to see about having his wolf teeth removed, body checked for physical problems, and eventually save up for a saddle totally custom for us both. Briefly I thought of trading out for a calmer horse, but have decided against it because I love this horse and his problems are my fault. We can work through it, but I need assistance.

Experienced equestrians, this is where I need you. I'll be digging around on this site as I used to for some new knowledge. I'm going to attempt getting a half-decent camera to record so I can check my work by sharing it as it happens. I'm not a professional, but I'm not a beginner. I'm willing to take ANY advice. I'm not asking for customized replies. Know or have a good post written on here? Please share the link.

Ideas for training would be bet right now. Again, I don't have appropriate equipment or spaces for the most standard training and until I'm ready to really dig my heels into getting up back to where we used to be, I won't be borrowing what's available down the road. There's a huge pasture of flat ground and a lake where we are. Fun exercises to keep up both occupied would probably be best to start us.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read. All help is GREATLY appreciated.
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-02-2013, 08:58 PM
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It makes me sad to hear you say your is just a trail horse. Horses are amazing creatures. Trail horses are just as awesome as show horses. I know show horses that would freak riding the trails and canyons my horse and I do. Start by respecting you and your horse. Getting a good farrier is important. You do not have to have fancy tack to have a great horse. make riding And soending time with your horse a priority. Start with simple groundwork and take it slowly. Stacy west fall has some great trail riding tips on you tube.
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post #3 of 5 Old 09-02-2013, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Why is it sad that my horse is just a trail horse? It's better for us both. I live trail rides, they're an adventure on their own. Horses are amazing and that's why competition doesn't matter. Besides that, competition is costly.

I'm also aware fancy tack isn't necessary. I won't be aiming for fancy tack, just a custom fit saddle because I think it's important to have something that my horse can wear comfortably.

Thanks for the tip.
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-02-2013, 09:27 PM
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I took it that you were saying your horse was not as good as a show horse and I hate hearing people say that. I just tril ride and have heard people say oh just a trail horse like if your horse is just a trail horse they are not as good as a shoe horse. Sorry if I came off wrong. There are numerous tak options that are not expensive and you probably do not need a custom saddle. When u buy a saddle if possible take your horse along if not look buy something you can return. I red a tucke saddle and love it. A friend if mine has an abetta synthetic saddle she and her horse love and I know OT was very affordable. Keep sending time with your hose and enjoy
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-04-2013, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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Still seeking ideas for mind and body games to play with Butterscotch. :)

ALSO! Before Scotch and I tapered off our work, he picked up a bad habit that involved bucking anytime I asked for a canter. Is there any ground work that can help fix that?

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