07-15-2010, 01:07 AM
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I am in desperate need of some advice... Long story but the jist is I have a 16 y/o daughter who has been riding since she was 6 y/o who was in a horrible car accident that has left her with a long physical and emotional recovery. She was given a horse that she absolutely adores and was a huge instrument in her emotional recovery and hopefully her physical recovery. The problem is I am learning everything about caring for this horse and am a novice. Plus I don't ride other that a nose to tail trail ride. Stormy, aka Monster as she calls him is a 5 y/o TB who was bred to race, has minimal ground manners (has been learning quickly) He adores Taylor and seems to prefer her to anyone (I rate second) they have one of those bonds that puts Black Beauty and Flicka to shame. The problem is that Taylors legs were crushed in the accident, she is walking and able to ride for short periods (she has fallen twice because of the lack of muscle in her recovering legs...we are only 7 months out, she has rods and plates the works) She has minimal endurance (more than expected, I was told she would never ride again) She is developing a fear of falling and doing more damage (me too) BUT!!!! He needs to be worked. He is getting flabby and I want him to be as healthy as possible so he is around for a long time for her and I would love for him to be ready when she is. How can I do this from the ground? I am willing to get on him but I know nothing, she is teaching me and I have learned a lot but I don't want to do more harm than good. I would love to hire a trainer but I can not afford it with all of the medical bills pilling up. I am so desperate to make this work for Taylor and Monster. OH yes! He also has a hip (knee) click that I have been running him up and down a small hill at the barn, which seem to have improved right now. (yes I run, he trots, lol) Are there any books I can read about training him, I do have a set of parelli videos I have only got through the first one but it was more about desensitizing the horse. I have done join up with him and we have a mutual love for each other so he has let me into the herd (lol). PLEASE ANY AND ALL SUGGESTIONS WILL BE TRIALED.