Originally Posted by melodyhscarlet View Post
Hi guys! I've had a QH mare, 12 years old, for approximately two years. Her previous owners had many kids (so she's is not at all skittish around my younger siblings). About 5 years ago (if I can remember correctly) the owners' last kids either moved out or started college. She hasn't been ridden much since then, which has caused her to seem almost greenbroke.
I'm starting up her training again. We don't have a round pen.
I've tried lunging her without the round pen, but that doesn't work very well. My neighbors have a round pen and have offered to let me to train Scarlet there. I would take them up on that offer, but Scarlet has escaped over to their property once, and we had such a difficult time getting her back home. They have horses, and she was easily distracted by them and her new surroundings. I don't want to risk her or anyone getting hurt by taking her back and forth. Do you have any suggestions on training her without a round pen until we are able to get/build one?
She is very pushy when I'm leading her. She will push up against we with her head and neck and try to get away from me by turning around or walking ahead of me. I've gotten my toes smashed by a few horses before (including her) and don't want it to happen again!
Oh, and did I mention? She hates the bridle and saddle! She's tried to buck me off before even when someone was leading her.
Any suggestion would greatly be appreciated! Thanks!
First, she needs to learn some respect. You said she pushes on you when leading her and so forth? When she pushes on you, give her a wack of the chest with a riding crop/whip anything of the sort. Make her get out of your space. Think that you have a hula hoop around you, and she is not allowed in it until you invite her into it. And when leading and shes pushing on you, she is invading your space. Dont wack her right off. Wiggle your rope, wave your stick, then wack. Eventually when you wiggle, she will get out of your space. As for lunging and such w/o a round pen, get her on a lunge line, use a rope halter, if that doesnt work, get a stud chain, be gentle but firm with it. You need to treat her like she isn't broke and nothing basically imo. Get her lunging good, at wtc, without the saddle. Do this for a week or so. Make sure to teach her to flex and one rein stops. Introduce the saddle. Put it on, and do what she doesn't think your going to do, take it off. Just like that. Then put it back on, make sure it wont come off, and get her out on the line, and lunge her, wtc, change directions, if she is bucking a lot, keep changing directions. When she is calm, bring her in, shake the stirrups, slap the seat of the saddle, on both sides, what you do to one side, do to the other. If she spazzes no big deal, follow her and continue applying pressure (shaking stirrups etc) until she stops and stands still.I only allow bucking the first time, after that there is disipline for it. She needs to be lunged like this for a week or so. Depending on how she is doing. At this point you can introduce a bridle, ground drive if you choose to, I prefer to. And the first time you get on her, have somebody lunge her. She knows the cues on the ground, so that will be familiar therefor helping her. Combine your cues in saddle as the person lunging her asks them from the ground. You may lunge and have somebody else ride if you choose. Change directions often, practice flexing and one rein stops. Do lots of walk, trot, canter transitions. And end it on a good note. Continue doing it like this until she is confident and responsive of your cues and what your asking 100% when the handler is lunging her.Tie up after wards for 30 mins to an hour and let the lesson sink it. I hope this helps.