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post #1 of 6 Old 04-22-2009, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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PMU Draft Adoption... for me?

I've had my heart set on adopting a Draft to ride under saddle. However, most of them are only halter broke PMU mares. I consider myself an intermediate rider. I've owned an off-the-track TB in the past, and I've competed in a few shows. But, I've never "broke" a horse. I will have all the time and patience in the world for building trust and training. I'm an extensive researcher and I feel fairly knowledgeable about what it entails based on my research, but applying it in real life??? Do you think I would be out of my mind to adopt a PMU mare? In over my head?? What do you think? Is it realistic for an intermediate rider to take on a project horse?
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-22-2009, 12:28 PM
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Yes, it's realistic. You can always ask for the help and you can use trainer to help you. I've seen PMUs before and they are sweethearts. Good luck with your project!
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Yes, it is possible but I would strongly suggest that you have an experienced trainer on site whenever you are working with her to help you with any problems you may (and probably will) run into.

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It's most certainly not unrealistic. I am a 'advanced beginner' with lots of self teaching. I was taught to ride on calm lessons horses, but never taught to handle a hyper/dangerous/pushy one. I now have a rescue, a flightly three year old, and of course my pushy nine year (who is pushy no more!).

Find a reliable, experienced trainer first before taking in a PMU. Expect her to be flighty, untouchable, difficult, frustrating, and maybe even down right mean. Pretend that she's a three year old never-touched Mustang with an attitude. This is exactly what I expected from Sam when I first got him, he turned out to be the exact opposite, but you never know.

Then, just take it from there. Go real slow, gentle. Don't be afraid to ask for help even with what may seem like a stupid question. I'm gaining my three years trust by just BEING with him, giving him handfuls of grass, holding his grain bucket. Even saying Hi to him when I bring him his grain, calling to him when I'm in his paddock.


Sometimes the simplest thing can go a long way. If you have the patience and confidence (after a OTTB you probably do O.O) you can end up with a friend for life.
Even if you don't break her yourself, you can always take her to a reliable trainer to work with her for 30 days, or even 60 days, then go from there. I'm planning to do this with Red, as I don't feel that I am ready to 'break' a horse by myself yet.


Good luck with whatever you decide. I would love to have a PMU someday myself. Rescue horses can be very, very rewarding. And sometimes...annoying, silly, frustrating, irritating, down right make you wonder what that horse was thinking...

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post #5 of 6 Old 04-22-2009, 05:03 PM
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You actually would be making a good choice with a draft. They're pretty tolerant of 'beginner trainers' and are pretty forgiving. My advice though, would be not to try to get an older PMU mare. Get a 3 or 4 year old if you can. The older most horses are, the harder they are to train. They kind of get set in their ways, and it is far easier to work with a younger horse than to try to 'rewire' an older one.

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post #6 of 6 Old 04-22-2009, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for your encouragement =) And thanks for the tip on getting a younger draft, should I get one that isn't broke. Very good point.
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You actually would be making a good choice with a draft. They're pretty tolerant of 'beginner trainers' and are pretty forgiving. My advice though, would be not to try to get an older PMU mare. Get a 3 or 4 year old if you can. The older most horses are, the harder they are to train. They kind of get set in their ways, and it is far easier to work with a younger horse than to try to 'rewire' an older one.
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