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post #1 of 14 Old 04-01-2012, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Mare doesn't understand what we are asking

Just got a new mare for trail riding. She is 9. She doesn't seem to have any idea of what we want her to do when riding. She can follow lead horse fine, but when we ask her to go first she doesn't know when we are asking her to turn (left or right) or anything else. We don't want to pull on her mouth. We are riding in a snaffle bit which is what her previous owners said they used. I'm not sure if it is her or us. She just acts like she has no idea what we want. We have a horse that we ride in the same type bit and we have no problem with him. As we are not very experienced is it possible for us to teach her (if she is green) or is that best let to someone more knowledgeable? She is a very calm horse and doesn't do anything wrong when we try to get her to go where we ask, just acts like she has no idea what we want.
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post #2 of 14 Old 04-01-2012, 09:38 PM
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So you're taking a horse you cannot turn or control on trails where if she spooked or was startled, you could do nothing? Sounds suuuper dangerous. Did you test ride her before you bought her?
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How long have you had her? Have you done any ground work with her? Not sure what your personal situation is but it would be a good idea to get some training lessons in for both of you. If that's not possible start soaking up all the training videos and information you can get your hands on. And above all, stay off the horse until you feel like you two have some communication going on. That's the last place you want to be when you find out that the little unconcious noise you just made with your mouth is actually her cue for "run like hell!"
Oh, and congrats on the new horse!
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post #4 of 14 Old 04-02-2012, 01:08 AM Thread Starter
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We have her for a 3 day trial period. We are having a prepurchase exam tomorrow. Just wasn't sure if the problem is us or her. She is super quiet, gets along well with our gelding and really is what we are looking for but if it is her and not us than she will go back tommorrow. We did ride her before she came here but it was in a group and didn't really realize she was just following along. I am going to have someone who knows how to ride well, try her tomorrow and than maybe we can see if we are the problem or her. Thanks for the help.
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post #5 of 14 Old 04-02-2012, 10:39 AM
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One thing it could be is you may be neck reining her and she don't know what that is. Or you are riding her using two hands and she forgot what to do with that.
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post #6 of 14 Old 04-02-2012, 10:45 AM
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just my oppinion, I've had horses take several weeks to settle in and become their old selves, so a 3 day trial may not be the fairest way to judGE. I just bought a mare who I'm giving 2 weeks to get used to the farm before I get on her. Also If she is broke, she knows what your asking, and may be distracted and not listening, ignoring on purpose or she has far less training then advertised.
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Oh, well three days is not a long time at all. Just to put a plug in for this mare... Any and all the training she may have had before you isn't going to matter near as much as what you do with her yourself. If she has a good temperment, soundness and a willing attitude for you, that counts for a whole lot more in my book. It might take as little as a couple weeks or even several months but the previous owner/training are going to wear off and what you'll have then is her true personality + yours + your training. You can fix training gaps with some work, temperment is a whole 'nother thing.
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I disagree. If the horse don't respond in 3 days he may not be the best fit for you. Me I take my horse trail riding and to events all summer if it took my horse a week to settle in I wouldnt do anything.
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taking a horse on trips is different. When a horse has its tack and handlers the same it will react differently than having new riders, surroundings, horses and feed, especially if its been in the same place, with the same feed, horses and riders for a long time.

My horses go to trail rides, the mountains, compeditive trail competitions, etc with no problems, but it takes a while for a new horse to get used to completely new everything when they first come.
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taking a horse on trips is different. When a horse has its tack and handlers the same it will react differently than having new riders, surroundings, horses and feed, especially if its been in the same place, with the same feed, horses and riders for a long time.

My horses go to trail rides, the mountains, compeditive trail competitions, etc with no problems, but it takes a while for a new horse to get used to completely new everything when they first come.
If I get a new horse I put them in with my other horses the first day and am riding them that day and every day after. They have to get use to stuff and get in the swing of things right away.
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