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post #1 of 5 Old 01-21-2008, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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start tranning a 10 yr. old gelding. help ?

i am taking care of a pony and pinto gelding. The pony (Jake) is around 30 yrs old and has pretty much nothing left to him, sadly :(
But, Tomboy, the pinto has still some years to go. He's now 10 yrs old, and his owner is an elderly man, who, never even halter trained the poor guy .. so, i thought, since i couldnt have a horse of my own , because of money, i thought i could slowly start training Tomboy like if he was my own. I'm 15 now, and i've always loved horses. all my life i've known Tomboy , so the trust isnt a problem. This summer I would go every day to see tomboy, and just *play* with him, and groom him. On my own, with the help of my 14 yr old friend, we halter trained him :) It was amazing. It took around 30 minutes to get a halter on the guy, just with te help of an apple and some hay. So , now, he's getting used to being haltered and lead around by me. He can't be haltered by anyone else. He only trusts me.. plus, he isnt exactly MY horse. so it aint the best thing, really. But, he's getting better. The real owner isnt really familiar with horse equipement, so when he tries to put it on tomboy, omboy doesnt appreciate it too much.

Henry, the owner, thought it was best for me the keep on doing it myself, since, he isnt even interested in training tomboy himself. So, i'm on my own. It's a great experience. Tomboy is an angel, and i know he wants to learn more. He's a curious, loving horse, and i love him to death.

I find im doing pretty good. I've got him halter trained, i can lead him around perfectly, i've even got him to let me clean his hooves, also let me groom him where ever, even rub his ears :) So, what should i start doing with him after winter finishes ? ..

thanks ,
Alysha :)

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post #2 of 5 Old 01-21-2008, 09:05 PM
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I would personally start saddling him up and then leading him with just the saddle, then add the bridle, and eventually when you and him feel comfortable ride him.

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I would start with the bridle first, since it will take a long time for the horse to get used to the bit. I would just put the bridle (make sure its adjusted correctly for him, take off the reins) on for 10-15 minutes a day for a week or until he accepts the bit. Then I would lunge him with the bit on. Then I would add a saddle and lunge him. (He may not like the girth so I would just sit the saddle on him with a pad the first day and slowly tighten the girth until he feels the girth, but its loose enough to move the saddle. Each day I would tighten it one or two holes until you can tighten it as much as you want with no problems) I would just take it really slow, especially since he's older and has had virtually no training.

I would also be very careful and try not to pressure him, if he is upset and feels he has no way out of a situation, he may rear or strike. It would be a shame for you to get hurt.
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have you taught him to tie up yet? i don't think you mentioned it. if not i think you should do this before getting him used to the saddle and bridle:)
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Congrats on getting him halter trained! That is a big step for a horse that old, so good job. Always keep in mind that there is no rush to anything, gradually work your way up, and if you have a problem, go back in your training and figure out what needs fixed. mell is right, make sure you can tie him up. Start out just wrapping the leadrope around something in a manner where is won't slip off, but if he pulls back he won't hurt himself. Then just mess with him, be careful and don't put yourself in a postion where he can kick you, step on you, ect. Before you introduce him to the bit, remember to have the vet check his teeth. If they need floated or he has wolf teeth still and you put a bit in his mouth, you will cause him a lot of pain. Really check him over good, make sure when he trots there is no sign of unsoundness, such as headbobs or short stepping. He will also need his feet done if you are going to work with him. I know it's expensive, but this is the only way to be fair to him. drop_your_reins is very right about how to introduce him to the bit. Make sure it is an o-ring snaffle bit, and use a browband headstall. At first don't put reins on the bridle, and when you are ready to ride use split reins, as connected reins don't allow you as much room to bend an inexperienced horse. If you have access to a bareback pad, those are great to start a horse with. Once you can tighten the girth easily on the bareback pad then add a saddle. I left you a comment about lunging, so lunge him a lot. I hope this helps, so good luck!
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