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post #1 of 10 Old 12-26-2012, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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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?
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-26-2012, 06:11 PM
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How exciting! Congrats
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post #3 of 10 Old 12-26-2012, 06:17 PM
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Congratulations! Cute video. She's beautiful.

If it was me, I'd be working on getting to know each other for about a week first before doing anything else. Make very sure she stays respectful but do lots of grooming and hanging about for a week or so. But, that's just what I'd do.
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post #4 of 10 Old 12-26-2012, 06:24 PM
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First off Congratulations! Off the track standardbreds are the best kind of unbroke because they have had a lot of ground work done. My advice would be to start with lateral work ie bending the neck and butt. These horses are hitched to carts and they walk and turn like the cart is behind them. Go slow with the lunging. A lot of track horses are ground driven but not necessarily lunged. Sort of the cart before the horse for many trainers. Those small circles can be confusing. You might be starting a new learning experience.

As a general rule, breaking them to saddle is pretty easy. All of mine have been undersaddle in less then 3 days at the trainers. That said 2 of the 3 have come back with less then desirable behaviors that I got to discover on that first ride at home. They are easy going (as you have seen) so a lot of people rush it and leave holes in training. They get into the saddle and find that the horse does not turn well or has trouble with corners. Which is where that lateral work comes in.

As a pacer, you might find some issues with training a trot or canter. Give it time and go slow. The pace is really fun to ride and you may find some other gaits that are really fun (like the single-foot).

Standardbreds are use to getting a trailer, going to a new location, getting harnessed, warmed up, standing with strange horses, racing, cooling out and trailering home in one night. If she is comfortable start when you are comfortable. You are in for a WONDERFUL journey, with a FANTASTIC breed.
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post #5 of 10 Old 12-26-2012, 06:48 PM
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What a BIG pretty girl! Congradulations! I just love her mane.

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post #6 of 10 Old 12-26-2012, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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What a BIG pretty girl! Congradulations! I just love her mane.
I love her mane as well! Both times I went to see her she had braids in, and I swore that the first thing I'd do when she was mine was take out her braids to see her pretty mane! :)
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post #7 of 10 Old 12-26-2012, 06:56 PM
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Beautiful girl and you look so very happy. Congrats. I second the others that said, give her about a week to settle in before doing to much. Best to take things slow and easy and advance at her pace.
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post #8 of 10 Old 12-26-2012, 07:26 PM
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Is she a trotter or a pacer? I love Standardbreds. I have wanted a good Trotter since I was a child. Congrats on the new girl!
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Is she a trotter or a pacer? I love Standardbreds. I have wanted a good Trotter since I was a child. Congrats on the new girl!
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post #10 of 10 Old 12-26-2012, 07:31 PM
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How awesome! Congratulations on your new mare!
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