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    02-01-2011, 08:07 PM
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Foal
Arrow Green 4yo. Any sugestions? First time training!

So I bought my 3yo last summer from a rescue shelter. I am experianced in horses but NOT in training one. She was Trained and shown halter and she could free lunge and load. That's about it. I have been working with her ALL MYSELF. And have gained Sooo much progress.
First thing we did is learn a lunge line. She had some issues with her "bad side" but we worked it out. I've used a curcingle on her and side reigns, I also tryed the long line but I myself is not very experianced with it so I don't want to confuse her. We gotten saddled and rode around and just had our first ride at the trot. But that's as far as I've gotten.
She is an angel about everything and very willing. She is practiacly fearless and shys from nothing I teach her. She could care less about anything on her back and is very easy going.
I just don't know what to do next!!!
I want to get her walk trot show ready by summer. Help please!

-First time horse owner.
     
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    02-01-2011, 08:32 PM
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Green Broke
Sounds like your doing a very good job with her!

Some things to do is desensitizing her, especially if you want to show (although she was already shown it never hurts)

Did you try going over things like trotting poles? Around objects like cones?

You can always perfect the whoa, walk an trot.

Can she flex? Give to pressure? Move the back and front ends separetly?

Good luck!
     
    02-02-2011, 12:43 AM
  #3
Foal
Every time I take her out we walk a new way to the arena. Or ill tie her outside until I go open the door and stuff like that. She’s a little impatient but I expect that with a young horse lol. I’ve taken her over poles on the lunge line (she seems very comfortable with a small jump aswell, she didnt even shy at it the first time I asked her to go over) and we have a lot of farm equipment so we always go walk around that...or even stuff like stepping over a few boards lying around or a tarp.
She is touchy about her back legs so I was doing a lot of picking up her feet and stuff like that. Ill definitely try some stretching! And our last ride was the first time I’ve trotted on her and she needed some encouragement from another person in the middle (I figure she’s so used to the lunging). She’s very good with asking to whoa. I put a bridal and bit on her but I clip the reigns to the halter (wana keep her soft in the mouth) and she responds right away to the command and slight pressure.

Thanks for the Tips!
     
    02-02-2011, 07:38 AM
  #4
Banned
Sounds like you are making huge progress with her. Are there trainers in your area that you could get to help both you and her? Not saying that you are not doing ok on your own, it sounds like you are, but even the most experienced riders use a trainer.
     
    02-02-2011, 09:23 AM
  #5
Green Broke
Your doing a great job! Just be creative and make up new things so she doesn't get board or sour of doing something too much.
     
    02-02-2011, 09:43 AM
  #6
Weanling
Sounds like you are right on top of things :)

I had the same situation a few years ago. I'm not a trainer, but I got a mare out of the field who had only had a few rides on her (over the course of several years) before I got her. Luckily, yours is young so you have a distinct advantage (mine was almost 8 when I got her and hadn't been worked a day in her life). My mare has a VERY hard time cantering as a result of this. Do you canter her on the longe? At 4 years old, I would get her working well in the canter without a rider, so that the transition to carrying a rider at the canter is easier.

Other than that, obviously more trot work under saddle, and teaching her to go off the bit would be your first priority. Good luck and have fun!
     
    02-02-2011, 12:20 PM
  #7
Yearling
I am one of those who has horse experience for some 52 years now(I'm now 61). With my QH mare's first born, a QH-TBX I didn't register as an Appendix. That's another story. Anyway all the horses I had experience with were either young foals or already full-broke and trained. When the colt who we had gelded at 10 months was a long 2 year old I had a trainer I was familiar with and who had seen me ride and interact with my QH and some of the Boarder's horses at his facility start my gelding under saddle. The trainer had told me that he was confident I could ride the youngster after just 30 days with him. Which did happen with great success on the youngster's part and mine. So as already said even horsepeople with experience have trainers do some or most of the starting under saddle.
     
    02-02-2011, 01:01 PM
  #8
Foal
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Originally Posted by AlexS    
Sounds like you are making huge progress with her. Are there trainers in your area that you could get to help both you and her? Not saying that you are not doing ok on your own, it sounds like you are, but even the most experienced riders use a trainer.
I don't realy have the money to take her to a trainer, that is why I am doing the work myself. I have been getting alot of help from a freind, she owns the place I board at and she is always giving me tips.
     
    02-02-2011, 02:37 PM
  #9
Green Broke
The main thing to remember is to not rush things. A horse that has never been ridden and you are training is likely physiclly going to take time to build the muscles and balance to handle new weight on its back. Lots of transitions and taking time to get her used to just carying a load on her back.

A horse that is unwilling to trot early in training usually is simply not ready because she is not used to the weight up there. Take it slow (like you are).

There are a LOT of books on training horses.. and many of them are not worth the paper they are written on. That being said,. I like books by Mary Twelveponies. I would read her books on training. She takes a nicer balanced approach and helps you to get a horse started correctly.


Good luck!
     
    02-02-2011, 02:59 PM
  #10
Super Moderator
Wow, you are doing such a good job! I don't think I could offer any thoughts that you haven't come up with on your own.

I think someone else already said it iin that to keep in mind as you start riding more and more that though she might mentally be ready to accept you on her back and do trot work and such, she may not physically have built up the strength and balance to just go out and GO, like cantering and such.
I would let you train my horse, if I had one to train. You've done good things.
     

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