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post #1 of 5 Old 09-02-2011, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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quarter horse mare

I have a five year old quarter horse mare. She was used for nothing but breeding her whole life. She had never been saddled when I got her. I've been working with her for about six months it took me two just for her to allow me to groom and tack her. However I still can not ride her, she allows me to get on her back she will walk a a couple rounds maybe turn a couple time but the she tries to buck me off she give s one hard buck then refuses to move anymore. I get her going and she does the same thing. she absolutely will not let me change her gait at the most ill get a sloppy trot for a few steps. She seems to be getting worse. Now she will run from me in the pasture if she sees a halter, but when I get one pf my other horses she'll follow us into the barn. I've trained other horses before but this one has me stumped. Any tips?
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It sounds to me like this is beyond your experience/comfort/confidence level, and you'd be best off calling in an outside professional to evaluate.
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post #3 of 5 Old 09-02-2011, 11:23 PM
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Horses that refuse and resist like that can be dangerous. Sounds like trouble. I'm not saying you're not capable, but most people aren't
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-03-2011, 03:20 AM
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I'd have to weigh in on the same side as the others. I think that going straight from grooming to riding has left out a ton of training. There is a lot of ground work that she must master and graduate from before you can mount and ride with success. The more you try to ride with it being unsuccessful (her bucking and you being unable to make her move) the harder these bad behaviors will be to change in the future.
If she won't move forward nicely on a halter, you can gaurantee it won't work under saddle. Since this horse seems to lack a lot of training that perhaps you other horses either came to you already having or were just intrincically easier to work with, I agree that getting some help might be the quickest route to success
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-03-2011, 11:30 AM
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I am really sorry and sad to repeat the advice from replies ^^^^, but it is all in good faith to be true for you to be safe from getting hurt.

Something you might try is to put this horse up in round pen of no more than 50ft diameter and work her daily in said round pen until she realizes that the place of less work is being by your side in the round pen.

I have to agree that you might need some help with this horse.
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