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    12-24-2012, 11:33 PM
How long should I wait to hop on ?

Just acquired a coming 4 yr old TB gelding who is not broke ! I have been working with him just since Thursday and he is doing awesome, even let me fully saddle him up without ONE buck in any of his gaits. I just moved him to a new facility on Friday and wanted to wait about a week for him to settle in but he was ready to go on day 2 ! I used to break barrel horses back in college and we would do ground work for about a week with them, then throw the saddle on and hop on after the bucking stopped..wasn't the most efficient but it got the job done and quickly. I don't want to do that with him since he is older (not like the 2 1/2 yr olds that we were breaking) and he is mine, so just wanted some input on how long I should wait to try to climb on him ? I have done about 2 more days of Clinton Anderson Roundpen Respect exercises with him after I put the saddle on him and was going to tack him up again tomorrow. He is a quick learner and is very good with commands when lunging and just leading around. Any ideas ?
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    12-24-2012, 11:38 PM
I've never broke a horse and don't have experience with it but if you think he's ready go for it!
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    12-24-2012, 11:46 PM
Have you bitted him? Done any work on his back? Like being lead etc...
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    12-24-2012, 11:52 PM
Nope I plan to use a Bosal with him and then a Hackamore. We found that to be the best for our barrel horses back in the day and have been doing simple exercises with him to teach him how to work with one. He has only been fully saddled and lunged as such and didn't offer to buck or blow up once, even after I tightened his girth with ease.
    12-24-2012, 11:59 PM
Feed him oats for about a week then work him in round pin till he is breathing hard and lungs are hurting then get on him work him in rp with Saddle on
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    12-25-2012, 12:10 AM
I prefer to do some work from their back before attempting to ride. Or at least work above them to get them used to that. And carrying weight. Also I strive to have a horse that'll stand while mounted and not walk off. So that's the start of riding for me.
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    12-25-2012, 01:57 AM
I have a 3 1/2yr. Old we've just started this fall, he was born here from my mare so I've raised him and know him. I took my time with him, did ground work, lunging, desensitizing, etc.......a friend works with him with a saddle/bridle, I work with his rope halter and bareback pad. He's now off for the winter and we only got as far as walking off with the squeeze. He stands perfectly still while mounting and doesn't move till I squeeze/cluck for him to go. I also use Clinton Anderson's methods and I find it very good at teaching the horse respect for the owner and learning the horse to look to me for guidence.......before we ever got on him I also did alot of using a stool and hanging over him bareback, swinging around, touching him, etc. and when I finally did get on I knew he was ready and so was I.

Good luck!!!
    12-25-2012, 02:16 AM
No offense, but no one can help another determine when it is best for them to get on an indivdual horse for the first time over the internet, phone, or text. Only you know when you are ready, and no one can tell when a given horse is ready w/o actually working w it in person. You plan on using a bosal? You mean, you plan on putting one on him when you decide to mount him for the first time? Well, I hope it works out for you.
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    12-25-2012, 02:44 AM
Originally Posted by Teamfamily5    
Feed him oats for about a week then work him in round pin till he is breathing hard and lungs are hurting then get on him work him in rp with Saddle on
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Terrible advice. Never do this, it makes no sense and is completely counterproductive and ridiculous.

To the OP: if you used to train horses, then you should hopefully know what you're doing. So you should know when he's ready.
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    12-25-2012, 10:47 AM
Get a mounting block and get him used to your new height especially by his back. Start adding some weight to the saddle with your arms, being sure to work on both sides. Bounce up and down to prepare him for the dismount. Make noises with the saddle by slapping it. Do this from the ground first. When you first mount rub his neck then dismount. Be careful as a dismount can frighten a horse. Do not allow him to start walking, nip it in the bud in the beginning.
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