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post #1 of 4 Old 10-12-2010, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Retrainging a Mare (Help)

I had this horse for two years now. I love her to death, I used to ride her all the time. But about 6 months ago I fall off riding and got hurt. I couldn't ride for a month and an half. After that no one couldn't ride her, she too wild. She used to be a great barrel racer, she 42.2 hands. She is 17 or 18 years old but she doesn't act like that. The mare is blond mare and tail with red lowlights, she a brown body. I trying to retrain her so I can ride her. But she sees the lead rope and she gallops off, the only way I can get her is with feed. I'll run out of feed if I catch her with it all the time. I need help, any idea?
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First of all you have to fix the catching issue. The easiest way to do this is to catch her frequently, and for silly reasons. Catch her with food every time, and put her halter on even if you are just going to pat her or give her a treat. Catch her, groom her, feed her, then turn her out. At the moment I bet she is associating being caught with being ridden and figures she can get out of it. Teach her to associate being caught with lots of good things and she will come to you willingly.

The second issue is her 'wildness'. I would hazard a guess that it is caused by not being in work while you were off injured. So she needs to come back into work pronto to fix it. Start by lunging her for a half hour every day, then gradually work up to lunging her then riding her after she is less fizzy. Eventually you won't need to lunge her because she will have normalised her energy levels IYKWIM?

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First of all you have to fix the catching issue. The easiest way to do this is to catch her frequently, and for silly reasons. Catch her with food every time, and put her halter on even if you are just going to pat her or give her a treat. Catch her, groom her, feed her, then turn her out. At the moment I bet she is associating being caught with being ridden and figures she can get out of it. Teach her to associate being caught with lots of good things and she will come to you willingly.

The second issue is her 'wildness'. I would hazard a guess that it is caused by not being in work while you were off injured. So she needs to come back into work pronto to fix it. Start by lunging her for a half hour every day, then gradually work up to lunging her then riding her after she is less fizzy. Eventually you won't need to lunge her because she will have normalised her energy levels IYKWIM?
Thanks, I'll try that.
okay, I'm not a pro but I'm not a dummy around horses. But What is lunging?
The catching thing is going to be first, because after that it not that hard beside the bit.
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http://www.youtube.com/v/DXkU25Xn-KQ?fs=1&hl=en_US
This is an example of lunging :)

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