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    06-22-2013, 04:27 PM
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Foal
green broke mare, I need help...

I bought what I was told was a broke paint mare in january. When I got her home she was a completely different horse. She would kick at you for no reason and seems scared of everyone and everything. So since jan. I've been working on the basics. And my bother was able to ride her in april but I don't trust her enough yet to jump up on her because my brother is a bull rider and she took him for a ride. So I guess my question is how do you go about getting on a green broke horse for the first time? Thanks in advance
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    06-22-2013, 05:34 PM
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ALOT of ground work and basics from the ground seem like they will benefit your horse now. I know it may seem boring or extremely repetitive, but training horses is just that and that is how they learn the best by repeating the same stuff over and over until they get it.

If she is snotty on the ground I wouldn't even think about riding her until you have that respect on the ground ALL the time. A horse that kicks is unacceptable and I wouldn't hesitate to whoop her butt if she tried kicking at me.

A round pen/lounge line is your best bet right now. Working her both ways in a pen or on a line is the best way to start her training. Work mostly at a trot and get her really listening to you, stopping turning backing on cue. Get her to work off your pressure from your hands and move her shoulders/hips when asked. When she is starting to really grasp all of that then do it with a saddle on her for a week or two. Then the next step is to gradually put weight in the stirrups and go for it.

I wouldn't ask for much the first time she is ridden. Literally a step or two, maybe a turn either way. Go slow and don't rush it.

Good luck.
     
    06-22-2013, 07:00 PM
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Foal
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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    06-22-2013, 08:12 PM
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Yearling
It sounds like she was drugged when you looked at her. I would have a chiro check her over and have her teeth checked as well before you do anything. Then I would send her off to a trainer for 30 days for a chance of scenery and experienced hands.
     
    06-22-2013, 08:21 PM
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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.
     
    06-22-2013, 10:25 PM
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You are in so far over your head that I really think the only safe thing to do is find a trainer or a very experienced horseman that is willing to help you train her. We do this all of the time. People bring their horses over and we coach them on what to do next and how to do it. A man came over a 100 miles yesterday from Decatur, TX and we worked with him and his horse for the entire day and he went home last night. Three or four other people have been coming once a week or so and Pete is helping them start their own horses that they raised. We've had it work pretty good.

You have so far to go with this green a horse that without knowledgeable help working with you, you can only spoil her and possibly get hurt. On the other hand, you would much better served with a 10 year old solid 'broke to death' horse that you can relax and learn on. In the beginning, one of you needs to know what your doing -- either you or the horse!!! This is literally 'the blind leading the blind'.
     
    06-23-2013, 03:31 PM
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Green Broke
Cherie is correct in that you really need a older/been there and done that horse.

The type of horse you have right now will get you killed if you aren't careful.

Not to mention, it costs just as much to keep a horse you can't enjoy as it does to keep one you can.
     

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