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    11-04-2009, 10:11 AM
Training a 16 year old paint mare to.....

I have a question guys. I have a mare that is 16 years old and not broke to ride. I am wondering if you all think I should try to train her to ride. She has been a broodmare all of her life. She was broke as a 2 year old and turned into a broodmare at the age of 3. Her original owners never rode after that. To me that was a huge mistake to her and to them. I like having mares that I can ride and breed. This is her story. I can put my boys on her bareback and lead them around and she does fine. I can saddle her up no problems there really. The last time that I tried to ride her she ended up throwing me over an 8 foot fence not once but 3 times. I gave up after that. She bucks a lot but it is not just the back feet that comes off the ground it is all four feet in the air. She doesn't stop as soon as her feet hit the ground she is right back in the air again. I really want to ride her but not sure if I should even try with her again. Cutter her 3 year old filly had no problems training her and teaching her to accept a rider. Cutter never even offered to buck. How is the best way for me to train her?
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    11-04-2009, 11:36 AM
Leave her alone and don't get hurt. I would give you the same advice regardless of her age. If a horse is going to buck like that you need to be a very good trainer and have very good facilities.
    11-04-2009, 11:44 AM
Get a pro trainer who is accustom to working with horses like this. Like Keven said. Unless you can ride it out you will only end up getting hurt. There are trainers who specialize in training horses who buck. They are very good riders and can ride it out.

I will ask though. Have you check back problems saddle fit and such??? This could also be a problem.
    11-04-2009, 04:12 PM
Originally Posted by nrhareiner    
Get a pro trainer who is accustom to working with horses like this. Like Keven said. Unless you can ride it out you will only end up getting hurt. There are trainers who specialize in training horses who buck. They are very good riders and can ride it out.

I will ask though. Have you check back problems saddle fit and such??? This could also be a problem.
Agreed - start with making CERTAIN the saddle and her teeth are not hurting her.

Then if you still want to take the chance start her as if she was a baby and has never had ANYONE on her back - lunging W/T/C with a bridle both ways, ground drive her, mount/dismount - but treat her as if she has a short attention span - just like a baby.

If she was started (correctly?) as a 2 yo she shouldn't be this bad UNLESS she has pain from the saddle/bit and/or she had a traumatic experience when she was 2.
    11-04-2009, 04:25 PM

Do you NEED another riding horse? Is she bred back?

I agree broodmares and stallions should be trained. But then we don't breed until the mare has earned the right to reproduce so they typically have 8-10 years of riding time before they are ever covered.

At her age, if she is a well bred mare, I would not risk the harm to a human or to her.
    11-04-2009, 05:24 PM
If you want to I would start off slow, challenges are always fun in my opinion :) but be safe :)
    11-04-2009, 08:05 PM
No she is not bred back. I have had several people interested in buying this mare but only as a riding mare. She has had 13 babies and wasn't planning on breeding her back. I have always wanted to ride this mare but really never had the time to train her. I train all of my horses. I am training PT to ride but she will only be rode around the farm no trail rides for her because of her dropped hip. PT has never been rode either but she does great with all of the training that I have done with her so far. She accepted the bit great and the saddle as well. We don't have enough horses to ride right now. Cutter and Sky are the only ones that we can ride. I don't ride Sky he is our stud and Cutter is the only one that we all can ride. I enjoy training horses. Yes I can ride most bucking horses out. She is totally different. Just for your info I do not use spurs. I have a pair but they are the kind with just the ball on the end. I just want some feed back as to where to start her. I have tacked her up bit and saddle and she never bucked with it on. All she did was walk around with it. I have had her back checked by my vet and nothing wrong there either. When Caddo gets of age I will do his training as well. I have already started with him. He already accepts a saddle blanket. I am thinking that my approach with her should be different but just not sure where to start her at. Because she knows some things but not other things. The main thing is I want to show her sometime in the future. This is the main reason why I am wanting to train her to ride.

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