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    07-26-2011, 01:41 AM
  #1
Foal
Training a Green Horse

I am the proud new owner of a lovely 4 year old Hanoverian x Thoroughbred gelding, who is green broken. Although I have broken in horses myself, I am not used to continuing on with a horse who has been backed by someone else. Where can I start? He has the basics, wears all his gear without issue, but I am nervous as to getting on him for the first time. He has apparently 'humped' but not bucked under saddle.
     
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    07-26-2011, 09:05 AM
  #2
Green Broke
When I got a horse like this I just started over as if he had never been backed. That will tell you a great deal and you will find out if there are any holes in his foundation while at it.
     
    07-26-2011, 09:15 AM
  #3
Trained
I would do some ground work and lunging with him, first with out tack and then with tack. That way you can see where he is. Do you have a trainer or a friend who could come help/watch for your first few rides ?

Got any pics ?! I love hano/tb crosses, I have one too =]
     
    07-26-2011, 09:18 AM
  #4
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Elana    
When I got a horse like this I just started over as if he had never been backed. That will tell you a great deal and you will find out if there are any holes in his foundation while at it.
I agree. Actually, I would start from the beginning on any new horse to see if there are any holes in their training. That way you can be sure that the cues you want to use are the ones the horse will respond to.
     
    07-26-2011, 09:54 AM
  #5
Yearling
I know the feeling... I'm ALWAYS nervous about getting on a green horse for the first time. Just make sure you're prepared and attentive to how the horse is reacting. Swing up but not all the way over, lay over the saddle, and study their ears/body language. The horse will tell you when it's ready. PS... wear a helmet... I don't usually when I ride, but when I'm backing a youngster for the first time (especially in a roundpen or somewhere where they might panic and throw you into a fence) it's a good idea.
     
    07-27-2011, 05:10 AM
  #6
Foal
Thanks a lot guys
I was planning on starting him from the beginning anyway, but wasn't sure of the right way to go about it. I don't have someone more knowledgable than myself to watch me (unfortunately my horse knowledge is probably the best in the district!) but I do have someone who could watch me for safety. Also, should I use the bit he was broken in with or is it safe to use my normal bit (loose ring French snaffle)
     
    07-27-2011, 10:22 AM
  #7
Green Broke
I would start him with what you will be using. Remember.. you are starting over.
     
    07-29-2011, 06:25 AM
  #8
Foal
He was broken in with a straight bar Kimberwick, which I read is for pulling horses or those who need to drop their heads. I will be using a French snaffle but also a pelham perhaps if I have trouble teaching him to come onto the bit. If he has always been in a Kimberwick, which he has, will it be SAFE to put him in the gentle snaffle?
     
    07-29-2011, 06:48 AM
  #9
Weanling
Start with a routine everyday. My green broke horse I would do set ground work before every ride and got them into a routine pretty quick.... we did a lot of ground work... lunging, long lining... leading off the lead - back forward stand step away - all that sort of stuff... and then I would ride...

Start of with lots of straight lines and making sure they move off your leg... you don't have to look pretty - don't worry about you you want them forward and straight at the start of their training...

Its quite common for horses when broke to feel a little humpy at the canter... just push them forward...

When you do the ground work you will get a feel for where they have been trained to... especially if you have backed horses yourself...

Personally I never ride the young ones on your own either if you can avoid it
     
    07-29-2011, 06:50 AM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by MadamKing    
He was broken in with a straight bar Kimberwick, which I read is for pulling horses or those who need to drop their heads. I will be using a French snaffle but also a pelham perhaps if I have trouble teaching him to come onto the bit. If he has always been in a Kimberwick, which he has, will it be SAFE to put him in the gentle snaffle?


Heck yes.... I wouldnt personally be using a pelham on a green broke horse... Id be inclined to focus on forward and straight - the frame ("on the bit") will come later when they get balanced with their rider... I love french links and KKs
     

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