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  • Im nervous of my horse should i sell her or work on her

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    03-23-2008, 09:59 PM
  #11
Green Broke
I got her on December 8th and she's still a nut, yes she needs work but I don't want a horse that im nervous around...im fine when im not riding her but when im on her I get nervous. I've had her for 3 months and im debating on whether I should keep her and have my friend work with her or should I sell and get a better horse? Its such a hard decision, what should I do?
     
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    03-23-2008, 10:02 PM
  #12
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Originally Posted by Gingerrrrr
i got her on December 8th and she's still a nut, yes she needs work but I don't want a horse that im nervous around...im fine when im not riding her but when im on her I get nervous. I've had her for 3 months and im debating on whether I should keep her and have my friend work with her or should I sell and get a better horse? Its such a hard decision, what should I do?
what exactly is she doing that makes you so nervous? Is she just being energetic and spunky? Or is she actually acting up...rearing, bucking, and such? Or is your being nervous not due to her, but just you?
     
    03-23-2008, 10:14 PM
  #13
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I think its a couple of things 1. I havnt really ridden in a while so im a little nervous but not too much. 2. On the lunge line she bucks and rears at the canter but she doesn't do it under saddle 3. She's spunky due to not being worked with in a good while (1 yr) 4. She's barn sour and herd bound 5. I don't know what she's capeable of doing really since I've seen her bucking and rearing on the lunge I think to myself "what is she going to kick me next??" 6. She's about 15.3 hh even though that's not tall since I've ridden bigger horses, but when she acts up she seems 18hh its pretty scary 7. Im usually by myself at the barn so when she acts up she usually gets away with it because I don't know how to properly discipline her, like when I took her in the barn yesterday to brush her there were no horses near her so she FREAKED she started paseing fast in the stall and I thought she was going to trample me. I know she needs refreshening on alot of things.
     
    03-23-2008, 10:31 PM
  #14
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Originally Posted by Gingerrrrr
i think its a couple of things 1. I havnt really ridden in a while so im a little nervous but not too much. 2. On the lunge line she bucks and rears at the canter but she doesn't do it under saddle 3. She's spunky due to not being worked with in a good while (1 yr) 4. She's barn sour and herd bound 5. I don't know what she's capeable of doing really since I've seen her bucking and rearing on the lunge I think to myself "what is she going to kick me next??" 6. She's about 15.3 hh even though that's not tall since I've ridden bigger horses, but when she acts up she seems 18hh its pretty scary 7. Im usually by myself at the barn so when she acts up she usually gets away with it because I don't know how to properly discipline her, like when I took her in the barn yesterday to brush her there were no horses near her so she FREAKED she started paseing fast in the stall and I thought she was going to trample me. I know she needs refreshening on alot of things.
1) work with a lesson horse or with a horse that you trust to ride. Work on techniques and how to control a horse properly that way you will feel better prepared to handle your TB.

2) my horse does that also sometimes...he's just releasing energy...he doesn't do it in the saddle, and he knows not to. If she bucks or rears while lunging yell at her, but keep her going. Don't stop her, then it will make her "well if I buck or rear while cantering I'll get out of work" and she might try it under saddle.

3) Lunge her...lunge her for a long time until she's either sweaty or breathing REALLY heavy. Get her tired before you ride her, and just work with her with a walk and trot.

4) I've ridden barn sour and herd sour horses before...main thing is to let them know that it's NOT allowed. If they try to go back to the field or go with another horse, put all the reins in one hand, reach done and grab one of the side of the reins. Pull it and make her do a circle. Keep doing it until she listens.

5) Don't expect the worst. That's the worst thing you can do. Instead of thinking "is she going to kick me?" think "I wonder if I'll be able to trot with her". Think positive. I know i'm totally optimistic about everything (or most things), but it does help

6) Any horse whether 13.2 or 19.3 can hurt you. YOU've got to be the dominate one. Let her know that you are NOT going to approve of her behavior. Correct her IMMEDIATELY. She isn't going to hurt you without a reason...and she's acting up for a reason...whether in pain, frightened, or lots of energy. Just let her know that you don't approve of bucking or rearing.

7) What does she usually do that you let her get away with? Worst thing to do is let her get away with things. It teachs her that your okay with whatever she's doing.

Sounds to me like you aren't really ready for her. If you want to keep her, have a trainer or experienced friend work with her...you watch and see what they are doing. I highly recommend starting lessons again. It will help tremediously.

How experienced are you with riding?
     
    03-23-2008, 10:38 PM
  #15
Green Broke
The most I've done is walk and trot on a horse. Im wondering if I should wait it out and see if shell get better or sell now. Its such a hard decision because she is a real sweety when she wants to be but other times she's just a plain a$$
     
    03-23-2008, 10:44 PM
  #16
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"Life's too short to ride a horse that is totally wrong for you."
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    03-23-2008, 10:46 PM
  #17
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Originally Posted by Gingerrrrr
the most I've done is walk and trot on a horse. Im wondering if I should wait it out and see if shell get better or sell now. Its such a hard decision because she is a real sweety when she wants to be but other times she's just a plain a$$
every horse will be a pain sometimes...even my guy is.

It's your choice to see if she'll get better or to sell her now. Unless she has someone to constantly work with her, I doubt she'll get better if she isn't ridden and excersized.

Do you have a friend or trainer to ride your mare? If yes, then it might be work waiting to see if she changes...if she is worked constantly.
If not then it might be best for the mare as well as you to sell.

But do what your heart tells you to do. If you think this mare is the one, I'd keep her for a while and see how she does
     
    03-23-2008, 10:47 PM
  #18
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Originally Posted by LadyDreamer
"Life's too short to ride a horse that is totally wrong for you."
^^ Good quote Lady!
If I was in your place I'd sell. I hate to ride horses that I feel uncomfortable with...even if I know with some work they'll be good.
     
    03-23-2008, 10:54 PM
  #19
Green Broke
My friend told me not to sell her because she wants to retrain her and refreshen her up as the weather is warmer. And I know the summer is the time to sell horses. But in the meen time while she's getting to ride my horse I have nothing to ride. And I know ill be nervous with her at first but still I just dunno but I have taken selling her as one of my options
     
    03-23-2008, 11:52 PM
  #20
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Do you think you will EVER be comfortable riding this horse?

If not, you need to tell your friend that, and that if she wants to work with her, that leaves you out. IF you want to sell her, you should tell your friend that she gets first dibbs on her if your friend thinks she will work well for her and wants her, but you need something better suited for YOU.

It is no fun at all when you don't get along well with your horse. I don't think it is fun for either you or the horse.

I do wish you luck with whatever you end up deciding.
     

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