Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Central Texas, easily mistaken for a big bowl of dust!!
Training a coming three year old mare, help?
Alrighty guys! I need so opinions on this situation.
My boyfriend has a coming three year old paint mare who hasn't had much of anything done with her. They got her as a five month old, and she was very underweight and neglected.
They put weight on her, and got her in good condition and since then she had mainly been a pet. She is a real sweetheart most of the time, and loves attention.
One of his friends worked with her, and I have seen him work with horses and he is usually good with them from what I can tell. He worked with her twice before me and had her halter broke and taking a saddle.
Now I went out there yesterday and worked with her some because I feel she needs more groundwork. So I led her around, got her to back up and yield her hindquarters. Then I turned her loose and worked her in the pen a little to get some respect. Not too much of course because she's young. And she would buck at me and I just kept on. Then she started charging at me, which I stood my ground and swung the rope so that is she got too close it would smack her face. She eventually stopped, and I let her be done for the day becaaause she was listening well.
Today, I came over and his friend had been working her...for about five hours. I was furious! She had been ran WAY too much, and her knee was actually swollen because she had been running the same way because she wouldn't go the other way. I was very angry, but she isn't my horse so I can't say anything. He worked her that much because he was getting two goats in return for hours.
I told them to cold hose it, and give her a few days. Is this right?
But yeah, my question was also what should I do about her charging me like that? I'm not going anywhere near a saddle until she has prefect ground manners and respect.
Thanks for listening to my question/rant.
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