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post #1 of 3 Old 12-02-2011, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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Starting an older horse

So I have this 4 yr old I bought a while back from an auction. I soon realized she has NOTHING done, took me like a month an a half just to catch her ! She still has trouble sometimes catching.

Needless to say, she's only halter broke. I wanna start her before I sell her. I have expierence starting colts (as I've trained my 2yr old stallion) but dealing with this mare has me stumped. Only thing she knows is how to lunge. An I get dizzy so I need tips on a way to stop her from lunging (as she does when I don't want her too) and tips on how to start this mare. Basically I'm starting from scratch I think. But I would like to know if doing the things for a weanling will work on this stubborn 4 yr old mare.

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post #2 of 3 Old 12-02-2011, 12:23 AM
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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.
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post #3 of 3 Old 12-03-2011, 12:03 AM
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There's no discernable difference between a two-year-old and a four-year-old. Start her like the colts you've broke.
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