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    01-24-2012, 02:33 PM
Originally Posted by babyb    
... at least 4 days before he told me about it. Well my friend had to care for her plus when I went and got her she was WAY under weight
This tells me your brother in law has no respect for you, or your animal. I wouldn't listen to a word he says.
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    01-24-2012, 02:39 PM
I am in no hurry to ride her. I learned my lesson the hard way riding a horse before she was ready, I got a busted back and a huge doc bill out of it. I want to make sure she is ready before I do that.
    01-24-2012, 02:41 PM
Before even thinking about putting a saddle on which I am glad your hestiant about ... I would focus on a few of these

- getting her desentized to grooming and being touched everywhere
- then work on picking up feet
- then desentize her to blankets , tarps, bags, anything and everything you can touch her with and take off and shake around her until she is no bothered by it
- then work try to do some lunging... you don't need a pen to teach her... it does help but you can do it without...
- once she goes good on the lunge I would introduce the saddle and saddle pad but not get on... just work her in it
And so forth but that's the short version and I left alot out... but until she allows you to touch her everywhere she is techincally unsafe because she is not ready for anything else imo
Goodluck I hope you can find a knowledgeable person to help you other than your brother in law
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    01-24-2012, 02:45 PM
I will start working with her on that. Thank you so much for your help.
    01-24-2012, 03:37 PM
Babyb,how much training experience do you and your brother-in-law have?
    01-24-2012, 04:47 PM
Honestly I have no training experiance I am learning right along with misty. I have owned 3 horses misty being my 3rd. My first horse was green broke when I got her but at that time I didn't know anything about ground work at that time. I just rode her and she got better each time I took her on a trail ride but she still had a really bad attitude but all she needed was ground work done I am guessing. I had no control of her at first and she ran me into a tree crushing 4 vertebrea in my back. My second horse was also green broke. I rode her a few times but she got hurt while she was here at my brother in laws house, I was still living 2 hours away at that time. She stepped on a nail, my brother in law pulled it out but just turned her back in the muddy corral. He loaded his 2 horses and went to his mothers 4 2 weeks. 4-5 days after he showed up was when he told me about Katie. By the time we was able to come get her her foot was so infected she couldn't hardly walk. We loaded her and took her to my friends house where we doctored her for 3 weeks. Ended up having to cut the absess open to let it drain. My brother in law is the one that broke her right before I got her from him.

He has worked with horses off and on his whole life but recently started it again after several years. Since he broke Katie and his own 2 horses I thought he could break misty no problem.
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    01-24-2012, 05:04 PM
Do you know of any friends or other people that can help you? Or at least give a good reference of someone who would be (IMHO) more experienced to help you?
    01-24-2012, 05:08 PM
At least you admit that you are not a trainer.and just because your brother-in-law broke a couple of horses,that doesnt mean he knows what he is doing.i am just looking out for you,dont let someone mess up a horse that you can't do nothing with later.
    01-24-2012, 05:16 PM
I think it is very important to have a lot of patience with any horse. I agree with the others, tell your brother-in-law to leave you alone. I am a fan of round pen training. Is there any way you can put one up? I am also a fan of Mark Rashid. I read his first book, Considering a Horse. Great book! You should also make sure the saddle fits right, if you haven't already. If it doesn't fit Misty properly and is pinching her she will difficult to ride.
    01-24-2012, 06:04 PM
I really wondnt trust your brother in law... sorry if that is harsh but he doesnt seem to really care about what happens to you or your horse if rushed... and I am glad you admit your experience.

Everything I mentioned you can pretty much do yourself... I hate youtube but some videos are actually pretty good and have some good demonstrations but they are useless if misty isn't really halter broke... which sadly I doubt and in no way is your fault. I would really suggest spending some money especially if you really want to keep her, on getting a trainer to work with you both once a week atleast to help show you what you need to do and to also help misty get proper training to be a safe mount.
Remember she might have a calm disposition now but once you start nit picking on her to get things accomplished for training she could easily go back to being semi untamed and bossy and you can/will get hurt
Goodluck :)
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