Originally Posted by RodeoChick317
Thanks, we've been working on lunging and ground manners for 2 months now and trust me she knows better now then to raise her leg at me. She has come around a lot and let's me touch her all over and let's me tack her up with out moving FINALLY. And she anything I ask her to do she does now but I don't have the guts to hop up on her call me chicken but I like my head n the ground round here is a lil hard right now. I just think she's a lil slow to trust n learn but she's comin around.
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That's good that she has the ground manners now. I totally agree with being a chicken to initially get on. I am the same way, I had a horse wreck the last colt I started, granted that was 8 years ago, she flipped over backwards on me and broke my wrist and tailbone.... she is now my barrel horse haha! But now there is now stinking way I will get on a young one for the first little while.
If a trainer is out of the question and you don't have anyone else that would be willing to get on her you can always try sacks of potatoes or flour or really anything with a decent amount of weight. I have used the 20 pound sacks of potatoes, tied them onto the saddle and just let some colts get the feel of any kind of weight on their back.
If you are the only one to eventually get on her, take it really slow. I have done sessions where all I do is put my hands in a stirrup and push for weight, next step get on a mounting block or something like it and kind of lay on the saddle for weight and just gauge her responses, if she is getting nervous slow down and pet her, let her know she is safe. It sounds like she may have a trust issue like you said and those kinds of horses just take a little longer to be okay with some things which isn't necessarily a bad thing.