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post #1 of 6 Old 03-17-2011, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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How Will Getting a New Horse Effect Training?

If you've read any of my previous threads you would know that I am currently working on training a 4 year old Paint gelding named Tonto. Things have been progressing really well with Tonto, he is leading perfectly, and will back up and stop on Command. I plan to lunge him once it gets less icy outside but until then I am just working on basic ground manners and tacking up.

I found an ad for a Mare on Kijiji and I am really looking into buying her but I am afraid that it will interfear with my training with Tonto.

So here is a little bit about the Mare.
She's a 14.2HH, 13 year old Arabian/Appaloosa cross. She's trained in both english and western but suffered a leg injury and can no longer be used for Jumping, and is suffering from heaves in her current location. I offered them $300 and we are arranging a time to go see her and possibly pick her up. Gentle, Kidproof, Bombproof.The List Goes ON**PRICE REDUCED-$400 - Belleville Livestock For Sale - Kijiji Belleville

Do you think it will mess up my training with Tonto?

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post #2 of 6 Old 03-19-2011, 06:37 AM
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I doubt it. It may, but since you haven't gotten too far in training, probably not. In fact, it may help for him to have a friend who has been through it. you could also ride the new horse in front of him so he knows what to expect.
Have you introduced the bit/bridle yet? I would give him at least a couple weeks with the bridle before you ride him for the first time. I would also at least make sure he can walk trot canter and halt (on the lunge) completely by voice command (not whip!) before riding. I trained my mare (she is now 5, but was 3 at the time we started and had absolutely no training or handling other than being groomed, fed, and led to and from the pasture before I got her), it took me 4 months to put her under saddle, (mainly because I intended to train her to drive first, but she put up too much of a fight.. i didn't think teaching her to drive was worth ruining a cart that cost a decent chunk of cash!) but I wanted to take my time with her. I spent a month lunging her and 3 months of long lining and attempts at dragging the ring, dragging poles, and other shenanigans to try to "prep" her for the idea of driving. If you haven't trained before, I encourage you to take your time. I don't regret it one bit with my mare.
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post #3 of 6 Old 03-19-2011, 11:58 PM
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It most likely won't really effect it. Although when we got a second horse my gelding got really buddy sour and pretty much halted his training. He does not listen if we don't have that mare around. Today he's gotten to the point that he won't even go out of sight of her. He stood outside the barn and peered around the corner at me for a while. He would even come up to me. -.- So if you are going to have them together, I warn you to make sure they don't get really attached otherwise training will become a chore. >.>
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post #4 of 6 Old 03-20-2011, 01:39 AM
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I don't think it would effect it at all, unless having two horses means that you spend less time with your first horse. Other than that, I can see no reason why it would have any effect.
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post #5 of 6 Old 03-23-2011, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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ButtInTheDirt; That is exactly what I am afraid of, especially with all the progress I have made with him. I am thinking of keeping them but I am not sure. Since the mare has Heaves the vet said she would be fine being housed outdoors, so If they learn to be seperate during the night maybe they wont get too attached. I am going up to see her this sunday and I will inquire with her current owner about it, seeing how he knows the mare better then anyone, and I know Tonto better then anyone maybe we can get a good idea of how they will respond to each other.

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post #6 of 6 Old 03-23-2011, 03:58 PM
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Well I wish you good luck if you get the new horse. My gelding stayed by the new mare from the very first day we got her. I would just suggest having two sections of pasture for each of them, or two different places to put them at night [like you said]. I just would never wish that on anyone to have an angel turn into a herd sour little turd [like my Moe]. Funny thing is Sadie [the mare] doesn't even care, and I hardly think she likes him. He's always so possessive and harassing her. I just want to kick his spotted little bum!

Well, good luck. ^^"
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