Should I just get on??

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Should I just get on??

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    05-10-2010, 02:14 PM
Should I just get on??

My horse is a green broke 2 1/2 year old gelding. He rides good in the barn, but in the outdoor ring it is another story. I am nervous to get back on him outside, but I know it needs to happen. He is turned out and brought in daily so the outside sounds are not new to him. Should I just get on and hope for the best?
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    05-10-2010, 02:16 PM
Are you working with a trainer?

Do you do in hand work with him outside so he knows that outside means working and paying attention?
    05-10-2010, 02:23 PM
Work him on the ground outside where you will ride him, and make sure all of his 'cues' are being obeyed there first, then get on once you have his attention.
    05-10-2010, 02:48 PM
I agree, get him focusing on you by working from the ground. Never get on a horse if you feel unsafe. Moving to a new location raises the horses' emotions, even if they are turned out in that area. There are numerous exercises to do that will make him more responsive to you and the bridle and thus safer when you are in the saddle while teaching your horse to control his emotions in that new situation.
    05-10-2010, 02:59 PM
Couldn't agree more with mom2pride and reiningtrainer. I would never get on a horse that I felt unsafe on or around. When we get new horses, I like to work with them first in hand everywhere, in the arena, barn, stall, etc. Good Luck!!!
    05-10-2010, 03:03 PM
If you have a good ground person; I would do some ground work with him yourself first, and then get on him with the help of the ground person, have them lead you around, maybe even lunge you a little first.

However, the wrong person on the ground is more of a hinderance than a help; so it depends on what's available to you. Without someone to help, I'd take him out to the outside arena, ground work first, then lunge, then mount.

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