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post #1 of 7 Old 05-14-2010, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Wink Horse's first ride!

So my beautiful mare, Charm, is ready for her first ride. I have ground driven her till perfection and she responds to voice command and have done everything I could to prepare her. I will be working with Charm with weight in the stirrups yet because I feel she needs to still get used to that weight.

My question is what should I expect on the first ride since that will be our next step (yah!) and what should I consider teaching her on that first ride. I know everyone trains differently but I'm just wondering what to expect.

Just to make sure you all understand that I have been helping with the training of green horses for a couple of years now but I have never done the whole first ride thing. I am working with my instructor with my horse as well cause I feel more comfortable with someone else watching and helping me through my first green horse.

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post #2 of 7 Old 05-15-2010, 12:45 AM
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When I broke my 17 year old Shetland Pony to ride, this was our first ride;

Get on, and have a friend lead you around.

Get off.

You want to keep it veeeery slow, as to not rush the horse.

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post #3 of 7 Old 05-15-2010, 11:53 AM
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Realistically, most horses DON'T buck or freak out the first ride. It's the tenth ride you have to worry. Whether it's a fully domesticated horse or wild horse, regardless of the amount of time on the ground, as long as the work is done properly, you'll very rarely have a freak out. When I say work done properly, I mean fully accustomed and comfortable to wearing tack. Weight is not what makes horses buck - it's almost always the cinch strap and the dangling stirrups you have to get them used to. My blows ups almost always happen the first time or two a horse is wearing a saddle and allowed to move out in a round pen. I've yet to have a blowup on the first ride - they always go quite smoothly. The horses are too displaced from their comfort zone and too unsure of their balance with this new weight to really boogie - unless of course you're foolish enough to pull one off the range and jump on 30 seconds after you've roped him down to saddle him!

By about the fifth to tenth ride, depending on your horse, they start getting more confident and more prone to displaying their true personalities and reacting stronger to things they dislike. A horse outside of his comfort zone is typically MORE trustworthy because he's relying on the only thing that's familier to him - YOU. As soon as they start getting comfortable is the time to start watching out!

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post #4 of 7 Old 05-15-2010, 08:24 PM
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I would say if you have done the ground work well you should be able to just hope on. A lot of the time when I get on for the first time they don't move.

I would work on getting a little bit of forward motion and end on a good note, keep it short and positive. Once you are moving forward consistantly at a walk then you can think about what to teach the horse.
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-15-2010, 10:54 PM
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I totally agree with what everyone has said. Also, I just thought I'd add a little mental advice. Don't hop on thinking negative or preparing for the worse, that may tense up everything, especially your horse. Just hop on with a confident attitude like you know what you're doing (which I'm sure you do). Good Luck, I hope everything goes positive, and I hope you, your horse, and trainer stay safe!


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post #6 of 7 Old 05-15-2010, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! I am getting so excited! I've worked on ground work with my horse for a little over 4 months (mostly undersaddle). We have been going nice and slow, I know! Her only real problem at the moment is the unbridling which will just take a lot of time and patience. Otherwise she is going great with everything else.
It will be so nice after I do get her past that 5th-10th ride! Especially because she is a super confident horse already and will try every trick in the book probably! Anyway thanks for everyone's great responses!

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post #7 of 7 Old 05-16-2010, 03:39 AM
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Good luck :) As said above, don't excpect your horse to misbehave because they will feel it and mis-behave. Hop on confidently, if your horse feels tense let them sit there for a while, don't rush things :)

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