Join Date: May 2011
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
I'm currently 'starting' a 16 year old mare. By 'starting', I mean I'm taking an ex-harness racer turned broodmare turned pasture diva and making her into a pleasure mount. She has her ground manners down and she is familiar with a racing bridle... saddles, pads and direct reining are foreign concepts to her. Luckily, she understands new concepts quickly and I'm able to move ahead faster because she gets what I'm throwing at her.
Treat your 4 year old like you would an unbroken baby. Start right from the beginning and work your way on, just as you would a 2 year old. Given the fact she's older, she might catch on to certain things faster, but take longer with other things. Work patiently and thoroughly... she has a lot of holes in her training and the more thoroughly you investigate and fix these holes, the better horse she will be.