I got a new horse!
So she is a 3 year old, unbroke, 16.3 hh, standardbred mare. She was delivered today, and I couldn't be more happy. She walked off the trailer and was eating hay in seconds, walked around the property like she lived there her whole life, and willingly walked a trail. Today I gave her a good grooming, walked her on trials, gave her some treats and left to let her settle in. I'm going back tomorrow as long as there isn't too much snow (there might be a storm tomorrow)and i'm wondering what you guys would do? I don't want to start her training too fast, but she does seem to settle in very well. She raced for a short time, but was not competitive enough for the track, so she was retired. She is sightly underweight but gaining well, she retired 3 months ago and is looking good. I'm thinking I might try lunging her at a walk and trot (if I can get her to as she was a pacer.), and just work in the arena with the leadrope desensitizing. If it's not too snowy I will probably go for another walk on the trails, as i'd like to get her very familiar with them for when the time comes to ride on the trails. So does that sound like a good plan, or should I slow down and let her get to know the place first?
Last edited by Lockwood; 12-26-2012 at 09:21 PM.