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    01-28-2009, 10:05 PM
new horse has been sitting for 3 weeks ;(

So I fell and really hurt my lower back pretty bad like 1 week after we got Lakota our new horse. I have not been on him yet. Is this a terrible thing. My FIL is really on me saying "Every day he sits is a day he forgets." Is this true. He keep putting my 9 year old on him barebacak and walking them around and Lakota doesn't seem to mind he loves the kids. I haven't ridden my other horse in a few weeks and I am not worried at all. Is it because Lakota is so green..... will this really matter. My trainer said he will come over to ride him but its been so cold and we do not have an indoor at our house (win the lottery PLEASE).
Any advice.

I am going to try to get on him this Sunday should be 40 and if I can get someone to tack him in my western s I think I will feel safer just incase he is crazy????

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    01-28-2009, 10:20 PM
Lol no he wont forget. It is good to mess with him every chance you get. But that dosent mean you have to ride him. If you leave him un touched for a month or so then yes he will probably act up when you get on him. But a week? He should be alright. After I trained my horse I could go a couple weeks without ridding him and he was fine. One time I went 3 months tho and that wasnt as nice.
    01-28-2009, 10:31 PM
I am feeling a bit better ....I slipped on ice (stupid UGG boots:) and really really hurt my coccyx bone. I went to the DR and she said time heals but it kills!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is young 6 years old and a bit green. His ground manners could be better but he will be just fine with time and love.
    01-28-2009, 11:27 PM
If he could use better ground manners, why not do some ground work. It will keep his mind working but won't strain your back as much. I myself have back problems from time to time, I totally feel for you. Horses don't forget they just need a little tuning from time to time to get there mind back in order,
    01-29-2009, 12:35 AM
As whats been said by everyone so far, work on the ground manners while you rest. Its something I go through here and there. I will take a hard hit and have to find other means while I repair before going back at it on a green one.

With a greenbroke, just work on the ground aspects while you are waiting. Once you are good to go, worse case scenerio you may have to touch base on a few things that were first started and refresh them a little. Nothing big though!
    01-29-2009, 08:09 AM
Thanks guys your right......I will just work on the ground untill my back is better. It stinkin hurts who knew that little coccyx bone would hurt so bad.
    01-29-2009, 09:45 PM
It does.. I know where you are coming from. I mashed mine once, but in the process mashed other "essential" equipment.. Needless to say, the pain from the tail end was severe enough I couldnt feel the pain from the other area. Made me wonder why after I finally stood up, I wanted to puke.. It wasnt until the other pain subsided over the next two days I realized what else I mashed, LOL!
    01-29-2009, 09:59 PM
It has been proven that horses have great long term memory- right up there with the elephant. So take heart they won't forget. But here is a simple way to keep those under saddle responses nice and sharp, teach your horse to respond to hand signals when you lead them.
I live where the weather has been below zero and riding is out of the question, so when I lead them out of the barn and then back in, I am always making sure that they respond correctly to these hand signals.
Its pretty simple, grab the lead rope close to the halter and push to go forward, when I want to stop simply pull back. Here's the trick you have to give the hand signal before you do anything with your body. Push your hand forward before you walk off, pull your hand backwards before you slow down. That way you will be communicating to the horse via the lead rope and not with body language. In this way you can simulate controlling the horse much the way you would with the reins. Keeps the horse light and very responsive to the reins! Enjoy your horse!

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