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    07-08-2011, 02:54 PM
Negrita's training thread.

Soo, heres my new project!
She's a 20yr old argentine polo pony, apparently she's 14.3hh but I think she's bigger. She has been seriously abused and is covered in scars. She has one scar round her right ear, where they tied wire round her ear & pulled her down to the ground & left her there for two days. Don't ask me why, I have no idea.

She has only ever been used for polo until now, so she neck reins & does not like two hands on the reins. She's also extremely nervous. I attempted to ride her today just to see what I was dealing with..needless to say it didnt go too well. She was shaking like a leaf before I even got on her, then kept backing up and spinning round when I did. After about a minute she stopped & I asked her to walk on, I only rode her for about 10 minutes just walking around the block. She was very tense and shaking at first, but settled down after a few minutes.

On the ground, she is the sweetest mare every. Pretty much a dope on the rope & will follow you around everywhere. She has amazing ground manners & you couldnt ask for a better horse on the ground. One thing I will say though, is she doesnt have much "life" in her.. she has no personality what so ever.. she just stares blankly into the distance. She wont eat if theres anyone around her. And wont turn to look at you when you approach her. The only time she will look at me is when I have my back turned and walking away.

Basically I just want to get her to a point where she's comfortable being ridden, get some schooling done & hacking out. She does have a little bit of arthritis, but nothing that would stop her working. She's on buteless & a joint supplement to help with it. Also, she doesnt know how to lunge.. I tried today and failed miserable, she just has no idea what im asking of her lol any help is greatly appreciated

Heres some pictures of her from the last couple of days.
Also what do you think of her comformation?
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    07-08-2011, 03:02 PM
A few of her scars :( Poor girly.
    07-08-2011, 03:17 PM
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Oh my, ditto your poor girly. Good for her that you found her. Good luck.

I am no conformation expert, not a movement expert, not an anything expert - but I like the 6th picture down.
    07-08-2011, 03:19 PM
Thanks :) I was pretty shocked with her trot.. wasnt quite expecting that lol
    07-08-2011, 03:35 PM
Look at her goooo
    07-08-2011, 03:39 PM
And another video of her. She can move when she wants to lol
    07-08-2011, 04:20 PM
First things first...she's a cutie. Secondly thank you for taking on an older horse-even though she is 20-people forget horses can live on into thier 30's easily, sometimes longer. And since she is an athlete or has been in the past she has every chance of living on for quite some time. Ok your problem with this horse is that she has been trained as a polo pony. She is nervous when you get on because she expects to be used as a sporting animal and she seems to be getting excited about what she "expects" is coming. BUT what you need to do to get her calmed down is make her realize she isn't going to be ran like that when you get on. Walking around like you did for a short period of time and then just letting her go back to being free is the best way to do that. Let's use barrel horses for example. A barrel horse that is used strictly for running barrels is expecting to run when a rider gets on...there are exceptions to this for people who care enough to trail ride and use the barrel horse for pleasure...but I am talking about a horse that it's only interaction with a rider is one that jumps on...races the bejeezies out of it...and then hops off after their run and practices that pattern every day at home. Since horses learn from repetition if this is what happens for a horse every time a rider gets on...this is what it expects. So if this horse has spent most of it's life being hopped on and ran as a polo pony...the nervousness you describe could be her gearing up to be ran...just calmly and confidently ride her...let her learn to relax that she isn't about to be used for competition...just meander around and enjoy each others company...could take a little while but it will eventually click in her head that not every rider expects her to get going and stay going.
    07-08-2011, 04:27 PM
Thank you :)
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    07-08-2011, 04:31 PM
I forgot to add the twirling around and backing up are probably her just her expelling the energy she has built up in preparation to having a rider and running. She really is expecting to be prepared if she takes off with you a time or two. The fact that she shows little interest in affection from a human tells me she has been used strictly for horses aren't given alot of attention sometimes...they have a job to do...they do it...thats all the time they get with a human. I think its sweet she has a chance to know that there is a softer side to life than whats she has known in the past.
    07-09-2011, 07:51 AM
Thats true, but I don't think it was her getting ready to run.. she was actually scared she was flinching, moving away & shaking when I was trying to tack her up :/ feel so sorry for her.

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