Was a little leary , but I did it and I think it went good?

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    06-19-2012, 10:47 PM
Question Was a little leary , but I did it and I think it went good?

Ok, so I have had my horses for a little over a month and haven't rode them yet. We are still trying to get to know eachother and I want to wait until I know it's ready and I feel comfortable....Anyways , I was brushing Cash's mane and tail and all I could think about was , I wonder how he is going to ride , wonder what he will do.....Than I had a bright idea (I think)! I told my son to go and get me the white bucket , I am 5'1 and Cash is 15.2hh...I got the bucket and turned it upside down and stood up on it .....I was thinking hmmmm now what ....I started running my hand down his back and pulled a little on the mane and than I just leaned over and laid my whole body accross him, I still had a foot on the bucket just in case! He kinda just turned his head towards me ..ok that is good he didn't try and run off or buck or anything like that...so than I kinda lift myself up a little bit and kinda "plop" down (not hard just trying to simulate what it would be like if I were to sit on the saddle) That is when he started walking and I decided to slide off....Was this a good thing to do ? Could this be a good sign that even after not being ridden for 4 years that he may still be a good riding horse? I would ride him bare back but I am just now getting back into riding myself and don't have the strenghth in my legs to hold on !!
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    06-20-2012, 12:14 PM
In my personal opinion, a well trained horse doesn't lose their knowledge of riding when they are given time off, even if it was 4 years. They will be rusty, need a tune up possibly, but I see no reason why a well trained, broke horse would buck or run off, even after time off. They buck/run etc when they are scared or not trained well/not experienced. If they have been ridden before, I would assume that they are both trained and not scared.

BUT I wouldn't just hop on either. I would start them slowly and see where it goes, but I am the cautious type

So basically it does not surprise me that the horse let you sit on him, not at all. I don't think it hurt to slide off his back either. I would be cautious when riding, since you don't really know what issues he had under saddle, or how well broke he was when he stopped being ridden. When you do start riding, use a saddle for sure just in case.

So don't know if that helps, but I don't think you did anything wrong. Sounds like he remembers what its like to have someone on him, and that's a good sign.
    06-21-2012, 01:00 AM
Sounds like a great thing. How much do you know about their history?

When I first get on something that hasn't been ridden for a while I treat the first ride as their first. Bouncing on stirrup, belly over, rubbing the other side, on and off a few times before swinging the leg. It's saved my butt more than once.
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    06-21-2012, 01:09 AM
Well, I had a farrier finally come out and do their hooves and that crazy man just jumped on my boys bare back and rode them ! Cash did really good and asked if he did any show and I told him I didn't know . Called the previous owners about it and she said yes she did show him , now my older boy Scooter he said he was stubborn but not to bad , but said Cash was a gem and was very smooth gaited...omg !! I need to buy me a saddle ASAP !! My friend is going to come over Sunday and ride ...I can't wait to get on him now ! He looked so amazing being rode ...ugh ........This sucks!!
    06-21-2012, 01:12 AM
Calming Melody... be calm! Don't rush it.

Rushing + horses = disaster.
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    06-21-2012, 01:15 AM
I think I am ready to ride Cash ...He has been here for over a month and seeing how well he did for the farrier , a complete stranger just amazed me !! The previous owner is going to come over sometime soon to , she is busy with shows but she is going to show me how she used to work him..yea and he has never been on a lunge line ..just a round pen...but she is going to teach me her cues and what not ...I am def going to have my son take a video of me riding Cash ....hopefully he will hold the camera still this time!
    06-21-2012, 11:54 AM
I personally love Tennessee Walking horses, which I am assuming Cash is, from his name and the mention of a gait.

They seem to be a calm natured and easy going breed for the most part. I grew up on a 4 year old twh, and he was awesome for me. Had spunk, but no vices. I would own another one in a heartbeat if I could afford it.

Have you even ridden a gaited horse before?
    06-21-2012, 12:34 PM
Green Broke
Horses will do just fine for a complete stranger, no need to be amazed. It is the mastery of the person, not the "Oh, I know you" that horses respond to.

And horses will also act like complete fool for someone they know well too.
    06-21-2012, 03:24 PM
I have never rode a gaited horse before but am excited to find out ! I hope he does good for me !
    06-22-2012, 11:49 AM
I say get on and go. :) Seriously me and my husband are new to horses too. We both rode years and years ago, but this is our first horse adventure for ourselves. Neither of us owned horses before and May of this year we bought our first. So the way we handled bringing a new horse home is to give it a day or two and then saddle up and one person ponies the horse while the other gets a feel for the horse. If the horse is responsive and does really well, we give them the lead rope and off they go. Its worked well for us.

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