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post #1 of 4 Old 06-23-2010, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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New owner looking for opinions

I'm a new horse owner and could use some opinions from those of you with experience. Last month I bought a horse that I'm told is about 14 years old. She has been living basically wild with a herd of about 50 horses in a 40 acre pasture for most of that time. The gentleman who owned the horses is 85 and hasn't been able to care for them, and as a result all but 3 had been stolen. A friend who is a long time horse owner bought the other two and I bought one. I board her at the friends stable.

I've been working with her, with advice from my friend. At first she wouldn't even let me near her and was extremely skittish. At this point I've got her walking on a lead and stopping on command. When I go to put a lead on her she does shy a little, but as soon as my hand is on the halter she stands. She will let me touch her anywhere and yesterday I even managed to pick up and clean her front hooves. I was extremely excited by that. Almost all of the work done with her has been by me, with suggestions from the friend from time to time.

With this information my question is this, can a horse that old that has been basically been running wild for so long be broken to ride? My friend is convinced she can, but a guy I talked to who rides in rodeos professionally insists she can't.
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-23-2010, 12:14 AM
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They definitly can. I would take it extra slow though, and keep everything positive, and maybe find a trainer to help. Since she's so old she will probably be way harder to break in, but just make sure you do everything right and make few mistakes. :) good luck!!
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If you can make calm, consitant progress with her, there is no reason why she couldnt be trained to ride. It may take a little longer than you have planned though. Spend as much time as possible working on ground work...leading and exposing to as much as possible without putting yourself in harms way. I would highly suggest sending her off for her actual saddle training as it is very easy to train a horse wrong and only experienced professional horsemen should train to ride.

Ive seen horses upwards of 15 be trained to ride for the first time. As long as she has no lameness, there is no reason to give up because of age.
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post #4 of 4 Old 06-23-2010, 06:21 AM
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Yikes, doesn't sound like the best match for a beginner, but anything is possible. The above posts are right. If you are consistent with her she will learn to trust you. Have you ever watched Clinton Anderson? he does alot of things with horses like what you've described.

I too second getting a professional. That way you can see what he/she does and you can pick up on tips as well.

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