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post #1 of 10 Old 10-25-2009, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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few more questions.

Sorry for for all the ??, but like my user name says I haved dreamed of being a horse owner for a long time. I have been talking to the hubby about some of ya'lls suggestions and he agrees with a lot of them. He thinks I need to find someone to train me and me work on the ground with Molly over the winter to build my confidence and her trust. He thinks that she could just be my horse and we could buy the kids a pony in the spring. He agrees that to give up now would be an injustice to her and me as well. He thinks a little professional help for the both of us would be the best. So, I've decided that I won't give up on Molly until I've exhuasted all my options, I can still lead the kids around on her until we buy them a pony and put them into riding lessons. So if you will help me once more today.

1. What do I need to be sure and ask to find the right trainer?

2. Molly has a fast pasted walk. Can I slow that down?

3. I see horses drop their heads when a rider is on their back, how do you achieve that?

4. And for the trail riders out there is a fast walk a problem for trails? Just pleasure trails not competive trails. (Trails and campouts are what I would like to be a regualr part of life in the future.)

5. When we bought her we also liked the idea of using her as a broodmare. Mostly for ourselves, but I wonder if selling a colt would be an option? She is a mostly black B&W paint. She however is not registered and with her having been a rescue we don't have any clue of her bloodline. What do you think? For us we just love the animal, in ready some seem to love the bloodline? Would it make a differance to breed her to pedigree?

Thanks to all of you. You have really been so much help. I know I will being coming back everyday.
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-25-2009, 04:30 PM
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1. What do I need to be sure and ask to find the right trainer?

2. Molly has a fast pasted walk. Can I slow that down?

3. I see horses drop their heads when a rider is on their back, how do you achieve that?

4. And for the trail riders out there is a fast walk a problem for trails? Just pleasure trails not competive trails. (Trails and campouts are what I would like to be a regualr part of life in the future.)

5. When we bought her we also liked the idea of using her as a broodmare. Mostly for ourselves, but I wonder if selling a colt would be an option? She is a mostly black B&W paint. She however is not registered and with her having been a rescue we don't have any clue of her bloodline. What do you think? For us we just love the animal, in ready some seem to love the bloodline? Would it make a differance to breed her to pedigree?

Thanks to all of you. You have really been so much help. I know I will being coming back everyday.
1. I would simply explain your position, and try a trainer out. If you like them and their method with the horse, stick with it. Are you riding western or english? That is VERY important to clarify, the two are very different. Most trainers CAN train both, but you'll be better off finding someone who is specialized in one or the other.

2. Yes, that can be slowed down. A trainer can help you with that.

3. Another thing the trainer can help you with. It sounds like based on how you want a slow walk and her head low, you'd be better off with a western trainer...

4. Fast walk isn't a problem, but you need to make sure she doesn't prance on the trail and be antsy.. if a horse gets ansty it's dangerous. Usually horses will walk slower if they are with horses on a trail that are calm and good trail horses themselves.

5. If you don't have papers for her, don't breed her. Horses are having a HUGE population problem, and since you don't know WHAT is in here background you don't want to breed her. That's my opinion though. Breeding needs to be left to people who have horses with quality bloodlines so that conformationally correct horses will be the result, not horses that you don't know the background and could possibly have issues health wise...

hope that helps...

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definiatly wetern and yes, you answers help me a lot. I am getting some great knowledge here.
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5. When we bought her we also liked the idea of using her as a broodmare. Mostly for ourselves, but I wonder if selling a colt would be an option? She is a mostly black B&W paint. She however is not registered and with her having been a rescue we don't have any clue of her bloodline. What do you think? For us we just love the animal, in ready some seem to love the bloodline? Would it make a differance to breed her to pedigree?
I definitely agree with BD that you should not breed her. In addition to having no idea what her bloodlines are (so you don't know what stallions not to breed her with to avoid inbreeding, certain genetic defects, etc etc) as you said you're an inexperienced horse owner and breeding a mare/raising a foal isn't just about picking the stallion thats the best looking. There is a LOT of research, time, and money that go in to making a horse baby, and even more once it comes to make sure that it stays healthy and makes a good horse for someone else down the road. Also, since she is a rescue, you have no idea how carrying a foal to term would affect her progress, or how her instincts to protect her baby would affect her relationship with you.
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See, good things to know.
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Yeah, Horse Forum will help you a lot. I have been around horses my entire life, and I learn something new everyday here... so welcome! I hope we all help you and Molly (thats my real name! heehee) and you're family all get along and be happy together!! And, thank you for homing a rescue horse, that's a GREAT thing to be doing! :)

Molly is really cute in that pic! :)

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Thank you. I just feel like she could give so much more than she's been given. She's already shown that she doesn't have any desire to hurt my kids. As a matter of fact the first time I rode her at home the kids were playing and whenever we would get in their vacinity she would slow down and stop when we got close to them. I just don't get why people buy/have horses and then mistreat them.
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That's something I will never understand either. Any animal abuse is just awful.

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Sorry for for all the ??, but like my user name says I haved dreamed of being a horse owner for a long time. I have been talking to the hubby about some of ya'lls suggestions and he agrees with a lot of them. He thinks I need to find someone to train me and me work on the ground with Molly over the winter to build my confidence and her trust. He thinks that she could just be my horse and we could buy the kids a pony in the spring. He agrees that to give up now would be an injustice to her and me as well. He thinks a little professional help for the both of us would be the best. So, I've decided that I won't give up on Molly until I've exhuasted all my options, I can still lead the kids around on her until we buy them a pony and put them into riding lessons. So if you will help me once more today.

1. What do I need to be sure and ask to find the right trainer?

2. Molly has a fast pasted walk. Can I slow that down?

3. I see horses drop their heads when a rider is on their back, how do you achieve that?

4. And for the trail riders out there is a fast walk a problem for trails? Just pleasure trails not competive trails. (Trails and campouts are what I would like to be a regualr part of life in the future.)

5. When we bought her we also liked the idea of using her as a broodmare. Mostly for ourselves, but I wonder if selling a colt would be an option? She is a mostly black B&W paint. She however is not registered and with her having been a rescue we don't have any clue of her bloodline. What do you think? For us we just love the animal, in ready some seem to love the bloodline? Would it make a differance to breed her to pedigree?

Thanks to all of you. You have really been so much help. I know I will being coming back everyday.

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For your third Q:
Dressage riders like to have their [horses] heads down when they are riding. They use this by tying their heads down with a string...it's hard to explain!!! Talk to a dressage rider or a horse trainer to learn more about it. don't just start tying her head up!!! LOL
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For your third Q:
Dressage riders like to have their [horses] heads down when they are riding. They use this by tying their heads down with a string...it's hard to explain!!! Talk to a dressage rider or a horse trainer to learn more about it. don't just start tying her head up!!! LOL

just preventing some misinformation... SOME riders may tie their heads down but it isn't considered proper training. It can be downright dangerous. The horse is trained to seek the bit and move forward into it willingly which takes a lot of time and experience.
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