I'm thinking of getting my Clydesdale re-trained..
At last measurement she was 16.3hh but has visibly grown since. She is about 9 (need to get out her papers to be sure, mental blank ) and is broken to both saddle and harness.
My stepmother bought her about four years ago intending to ride her, but lost her nerve and Mally became a paddock ornament /:
Fast forward those 4 years and at the end of a terminated marriage, I've been given her to do what I wish.
She's quiet, but inexperienced and green.
Doesn't know much about anything, and has forgotten a lot of what she did know.
She has some problems like:
Being very pushy, a.k.a bad ground manners
Suffers from separation anxiety.. in some cases will actually be more sweaty than my horse after the ride!
So basically she's a little toddler in a primary schoolers body
I want to use her for pleasure riding e.g. The occasional Pony Club rally (if I don't ride one of my others), trail riding through the bush to get some experience into her if/when I sell her.
I would try do this myself but I do not have experience with horse training and I'd hate to ruin such a lovely mare with my inexperience. TBH I'm just a tad afraid of her, she has no brakes whatsoever and she doesn't listen to aids. Doesn't turn
Sorry I babbled on so much >__<
Does anyone know of a good horse trainer in Victoria? Preferably one with experience with Clydesdales?
What are some questions I should ask a trainer before deciding to use their services? Etc. Etc.
I've read a lot of 'horror stories' and I don't want something to happen to my gentle giant
Also, my little fat welshy probably needs some 'refresher' courses. He's developed some bad manners and I want to work through these but I just don't feel confident to do them myself.