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        10-10-2009, 08:47 PM
    Should I try to ride?

    I have a three ear old mare who weighs around 950lbs. I have had her since she was a yearling. All my children have been led around on her. She has been saddled and has had a bit in about 3 times. She also lets my husband sit on her and doesn't seem to mind at all. She however has never been ridden. Do you all think it would be safe to try and ride her? I am including her pic.
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        10-10-2009, 08:50 PM
    Green Broke
    I guess I am lost on what, specifically, you think the danger would be?
        10-10-2009, 08:54 PM
    I just am not sure if she is ready to be ridden. She has always been led. I want to ride her now, but I don't want to rush her. Am I overanalyzing? I am not worried about anything specifically. She has always done everything I have asked her to do and is very gentle.
        10-10-2009, 09:01 PM
    I think, you might want to get her to gain some weight, she might get uncomfortable. I hope im not offending, but she is on the skinny side.
    So maybe work with her some more, get her some weight gain and make sure you have all the things down for training with her, you can't just hop on a horse and go :) they need to have ground work and lots of other things, how is she with accepting the bit ? Does she bring her head down ? Let you pick her feet ? Stand tied ?
        10-10-2009, 09:06 PM
    She stand for the farrier, lets me pick all her feet up, I pick burs out of her tail and she doesn't offer to kick. She lets me put in the bit with no prob. And stands fine with it in. She doesn't thrash her head or anything. She has been lunge lined some(not alot). She trailers wonderfully, backs up with me standing behind her front shoulders and saying back. She always does well.
        10-10-2009, 09:24 PM
    I agree that she looks a little thin. But I don't see anything wrong with starting to ride. Just be patient, gentle, and make it short and slow.
    Have fun and be carefull for her and you.
        10-10-2009, 09:28 PM
    We just recently wormed her and put her in a new 15 acre pasture with only one other horse( a pony) so I am hoping she will fill out more.
        10-10-2009, 09:36 PM
    Maybe have your husband walk along side (not with a lead rope, just in the position like he's leading) while you're on his back? I know with my TB that's what we did the first few times I got on him, just so he would move, and then he remembered what it meant to have someone on his back and he was fine.

    When you lunged her, did she listen to the bit? I guess that's the most important part, more so than if she'll let you on her back or not. If she decides she doesn't like you on top of her any more, the bit is your only way of possibly getting off safely.
        10-10-2009, 10:04 PM
    Please don't ride your horse until you get more weight on her and get some conditioning.
    Start working her in a pen and get her trotting for 10 to 15 minutes at a soft and relaxed rhythm.
    Please feed her after a workout.
        10-10-2009, 10:28 PM
    She gets fed sweet feed everyday after being worked with. She has hay as well as grass and clover available to her at all times.

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