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post #1 of 5 Old 09-22-2013, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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restarting a horse under saddle

My wife and I were giving an 18 year old registered quarter horse. She is a gentle giant. She stands great to be groomed and lets me lift her feet without any problems. We would like to put a saddle on her and get her to ride. She was used as a lesson horse two years ago and we are looking for tips. Some people have told us to just tack up and go and others have suggested a pro trainer. We are new to horses with this being our first ever we have owned.
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-22-2013, 08:12 PM
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Do you have someone experienced who could ride her for the first time? I doubt she needs a pro trainer, but she may just be out if the habit of work. An experienced horse person could get on her and tell you of there were any bugs that needed to be worked out or if she was good to go.
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post #3 of 5 Old 09-22-2013, 08:44 PM
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I would absolutely find someone to help you and mentor you along the way. Older horses can be great teachers and build confidence. They are still however big animals that can hurt you. Find someone who will help you along the way, show you some ground work to do to gain her respect and trust, show you what is acceptable behavior and what is not ect.. You need to learn how to be safe around her so you can enjoy her. Horses know if you know and they know if you don't know. If you don't know they will take advantage of you. Congratulations and be safe.
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-22-2013, 08:52 PM
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Perhaps in the mean time you could work on the ground with her. Whenever I am introduced to a new horse I like to take the time to walk them around the arena, over obstacles (if available), play with their "buttons", and anything else you can think of. Typically, how a horse reacts on the ground, for instance, to pressure such as moving away from [pressure] or backing up will clue you in on how she/he will react under saddle, especially in terms of how much pressure you need apply.

I don't know, just food for thought :)
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So we kind of just jumped into it. Turns out my wife's grandfather was a horseman back in yestertear. We fitted a saddle to Her and hopped on. She was a bit rusty at first and a bit lazy. Every step she took though it all began to come back to her. It was really quite amazing to watch. Thank you all for your advice. I would have followed the tips had it not been for Max. The more advanced techniques will be taught to both Queen and myself by a professional trainer.
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