04-20-2011, 02:53 PM
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Hi and thanx for all your advice!
Iím so glad that there is even a chance and other horse owners think it a possibility!
Her names Dream, and she is quite literally! She got good stable manors, and is great to lunge and school from the ground. She can be touch all over, no tickle spots. She hasnít bucked, kicked bit or anything.
If I did go with this, Iíd want to did ONLY the natural way. Iím not even too keen on using a bit! Iíve got a bitless slung behind my bedroom door that I got from a tack clear-out (donít ask, I got a thing for tack!)
I want to gain her trust first, just spend some time with her, talk to her, let her associate me with calm, and some treats maybe.
I will do this until she completely relaxed with me, and then start leading her around, letting her trust me. If sheís comfortable, Iíll swap the head-collar for the bridle and so on.
But Iíll always take time. Never rush into things. Dream will stay at her ownerís stable down the road, and she will be there too. I can always ask questions and let her show me some things. She just has so many horses she doesnít quite have the time for Dream at the moment.
Also my grannís house has a paddock behind it that a lady uses for her five horses, two ex-race thoroughís and three carthorses. I grew up climbing onto their backs and lying straight down, watching the clouds and listening to the munching of grass beneath me.
One of the little cart-horses, 13hh skewbald, is an old horse and hasnít been backed for ages. I asked the lady if I could do some work with him and she said sure.
I fetched him from the field, and did some work on the lunge. He was a nightmare for a while, wouldnít move if I asked him, bucked, whined snatched the bit. But after a while he smoothed into a happy gait, pleased to obey.
It was the best feeling in the world, having a horse work for you because he wants too. I want to experience that for long-term with Dream.