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post #1 of 7 Old 07-10-2009, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Retraining a draft

Can you give me some tips for reteaching a draft that a saddle is not going to eat him?

A gelding I am going to look at this weekend has some issues being saddled, the owner (he was abandoned at his boarding stable) thinks he had a saddle turn on him and it freaked him out.

I am thinking just to start him all over again if that is the best way.
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-11-2009, 01:01 AM
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So long as you are prepared for this undertaking, then go for it. I think you have the right idea. Probably the best thing to do is start as if he has never been saddled before. You might also want to have a chiro look at him just to make sure the saddle isn't hurting him and causing the problems.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
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post #3 of 7 Old 07-12-2009, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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Good point, I am a firm believer in chiros. Saved my OTTB thats for sure. If I do get him, I think I am going to start everything from the ground up. I am supposed to go look at him tomorrow.
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I second the restarting. Would be good for him for sure. Them chiro's are amazing, I am also a strong believer in what they do! Good luck! Keep us posted!
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-12-2009, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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Hey y'all, ended up not going with the draft. I chose a Mustang instead :) Am super excited to hit the trail running! :) (err, walking.. maybe trotting....definitely some cantering... hehe :o) )
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-13-2009, 08:34 AM
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OH!!! LOL. I didn't even connect this thread with your other one. I guess I was too busy reading posts to really see who they were written by. *blushes* Oops. Congrats again on getting Liberty.

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post #7 of 7 Old 07-13-2009, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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LOL don't worry smrobs :) I had the draft (that was advertized as a cross) and the mustang to go look at this weekend. The draft was NOT a cross unless it was with another draft. He was 18.2 and had to weigh more than my car. He wouldnt have fit through the door to the barn! hehe. His owner really tried to down play his size when I talked to her and told me he was around 17 HH. Maybe when he was a foal... hehe. I had to pass on that one, but I think Liberty is going to be great!
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