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    03-01-2012, 10:20 AM
Training a 15 year old horse!

Hi my name is Erica ,

I just started riding again after 30years.

On Feb 12th , my husband and I decided we were going to go and get Guinness, he is a 14H , 15 year old Palomino Quarter Horse.

He is very smart!

How can I teach to pick up his hind legs to clean his hoofs without kicking?

How can I teach him to not be so nervous and jumpy on the wash rack?

All in all he really is a good boy!

I am sure all these things are very new to I know I need to have a lot patience and spend a lot time proving to him he can trust me.

Just really want him to love me...and see he can be at piece knowing I will always take good care of him!
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    03-01-2012, 10:48 AM
Horses need leaders and that's what you need to learn to be and do. You need to know how to confidently and consistently manage and handle him so he trusts you.

You'd be best advised to find a trainer who can work with you so that you can develop skill and confidence to work with the horse.
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    03-01-2012, 10:56 AM

Hi Hoopla,

Really, not the answer I was looking for!

I feel with time and effort on both our parts we will learn to understand each other feelings.

I do not think I need a trainer to teach my horse how to stand on a wash rack or pick up his feet.

Was just looking for someone to give me a few tips to try and make it easier!

Thanks so much for your advise!!!!
    03-01-2012, 11:16 AM
It is really all about patience and repetition. When I first got my mare she give a little kick when you picked up her back feet but nothing major so I just constantly picked them up......I also would take a dressage whip and tap the leg of the foot I wanted her to pick up and I would do it on her back feet until she would stop kicking when I asked for it THEN I rewarded her. She also was TERRIFIED of the trailer so over a week or two period I took her down and walked her around the trailer until she relaxed and would get closer and closer until she hoped right on. So just walk him around the wash rack until he is calm then slowly get closer and closer until he's in then walk him right out praising him and just do this until he accepts it.
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    03-01-2012, 11:24 AM
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Hoopla had a point with the leadership thing. Show him you know what your doing and you are the boss and soon he will trust you. The more he is in the was rack, the more accustomed to it he will become.
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    03-01-2012, 12:18 PM
Hello Erica, welcome to the forum.
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    03-01-2012, 12:37 PM
Guiness, I think you DO need a trainer. You haven't told us about your horse handling background. When I was about 11yo I started paying to rent a horse 1x/week (with my allowance/chore money). From about March to November I took a horse out for an hour every Saturday, and rode the trails in a local forest preserve, solo. (Just needed a license--things have sure changed!) After about 4 years of this I took 2 years of Hunt Seat/Jumping lessons 1x/week at the same stable. We learned and were expected to brush out, pick feet, and tack up, as well as learn to ride. I KNEW what a well behaved horse was expected to do.
If you do not know these things your horse experience will be short-lived. A good trainer can train YOU so that you can have a good relationship with your new horse. It won't break your bank account to hire one for a few months. If you horse's behavior worsens in your care than he is less sellable and you send him down a path where fewer people want to buy him. =/
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    03-01-2012, 01:25 PM
Hi Corporal,

Thank you for your advise ...

When I was younger it just seemed that my horses had already been trained and ready for what was expected of them.

As far as my new horse ..we are trying to adapt to each other.

I do not know his little quarkyness yet.

Just wanted a few good tips like Flicagirl and BlueSpark suggested.

I will keep you all posted ...

Also, I actually do have people at the barn that are helping me train my horse to pick up his feet and stand on the wash rack ...they are so sweet and help me each day!

I am very dedicated to my horse and spend many hours after work and weekends at the barn just bonding, riding , brushing and trying to understand him.

Thanks again!
    03-01-2012, 01:41 PM
I think its great that you want to spend time with your horse and bond. It's an important part of horse ownership. The reason I think you may be giving horse people the vibe of needing a trainer is because sometimes horses can be viewed as loving, and majestic and caring. They can be, but usually they just need leadership. A horse kicking out when getting their feet done is actually pretty dangerous for someone who hasnt been around them a lot lately. I had taken 10 years off riding, and I had to start from the ground up again. It does make you a beginner again. I forgot terminology, fitting equipment, and I was intimidated at first.
I also got a trainer. To help both me and my horse. They sense if your tense or unsure, and they WILL take advantage of you. It can be extremely dangerous. We aren't trying to belittle your love or knowledge, we just all know better. We are just trying to help.
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    03-01-2012, 01:44 PM
Hi LetAGrlShowU,

Thank you for your kind words. You are right they are big animals and can really be dangerous if we do not know how to react or respond!

Does anyone know of a trainer that will come to your barn and work with you and the horse!


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