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post #1 of 12 Old 05-15-2012, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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I have just purchased a horse that is 3.5 years old. He has some training, I've done some basic ground work and clinton anderson methods on headshyness. He learns really fast. He has been ridden before, however, not with a saddle. Whats the best way to start him getting used to being ridden under saddle versus bareback? I was thinking of starting with some lunging this week and putting the saddle on, already trained him to accept the saddle pad, he doesn't care about that anymore. I am thinking it won't take long to get him use to the saddle and then just get on since he has already been ridden a year. I dont want to undo any confidence I have given him though so is that too fast? Please advise. Thanks so much.

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post #2 of 12 Old 05-15-2012, 09:50 AM
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why was this horse not started or ever been in a saddle?

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I have just purchased a horse that is 3.5 years old. He has some training, I've done some basic ground work and clinton anderson methods on headshyness. He learns really fast. He has been ridden before, however, not with a saddle.
I was in the same boat with my new horse, she was a 4 year old when I got her, and had only been riden 3 times when I got her. For her she had to get used to her balance point shifting when a riders weight was up there, I am around 200 lb. We did a ton of ground work, and then just walk trot transitions the turns were stumble points until she got used to me being up there.

I still do a lot of gound work with her, but now its for sideways and backing strait and pivot on the hind end stuff. Its good your guy learns fast, just be careful they learn a bad habbit really fast also when they are smart like that. Keep up the ground work, it can be fun if you use your imagination, and gets them used to you being in control of their feet.
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I'd saddle break him the same as a horse that hasn't been ridden at all. He'll still need to get used to the feeling of moving with it, and then he'll have to adjust to mounting up, never mind that he'll be quicker to trust weight on his back. I'd get him used to being tacked up and walked around in it, then lunge him in it for a couple weeks, then do your mounting block training. Since he'll already be familiar with weight on his back, he'll only have to work on his balance after that. Always remember that he is young, and even if he has been ridden he hasn't really been "broke". Good luck :)
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I completely agree and I was thinking I would approach it as if he hasn't had any riding because I can't really call that riding. If I start from the beginning with him it would probably be best for him also. What if they let him take off or do something he definately can't do under saddle? Thanks for helpful advice just to second my thoughts on this. I worked with him yesterday doing new stuff each day and he gave me all respect, so far I'm really pleased with his attitude.

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I wouldnt just jump on him after the first time saddling. Put him in a round pen and let him feel the saddle move and hit him in the sides. Be ready it could spook him or make him buck.
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Saddle him just like you would an unbroke horse, lunge him walk/trot/canter with the saddle and do lots of inhand with it on, then after a few weeks start getting on him with the saddle on on a lungeline. I actually really like breaking babies bareback if they are quiet enough, I usually still do some work with them with a saddle on on the ground and in a round pen, but I think if you are comfortable being bareback, a lot of the babies actually feel a little more comfortable, and they learn to listen to your seat more.
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I agree with everyone else - start him like he hasn't had any rides yet. I find the hardest thing to train - as long as you have the desensitized to various things on and around their back - is cinching. Start with a rope around their belly and apply some pressure. Once they are accepting of that, then try saddling and cinch slowly and calmly. Do and redo the cinch a couple times for the beginning of the next few sessions.

I do lunge work and ground driving with the saddle on and then weight in the saddle (feed bags work well). By this point I then try getting on bareback (which has already been done for you). Then I have someone hold the horse and finally commit to getting on with the saddle. I find as long as I've done all the steps and they were accepting of me on them bareback, then this step is a piece of cake.

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why was this horse not started or ever been in a saddle?
Not everyone starts their horses as a 2 or even 3 year old.
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I'd saddle break him the same as a horse that hasn't been ridden at all. He'll still need to get used to the feeling of moving with it, and then he'll have to adjust to mounting up, never mind that he'll be quicker to trust weight on his back. I'd get him used to being tacked up and walked around in it, then lunge him in it for a couple weeks, then do your mounting block training. Since he'll already be familiar with weight on his back, he'll only have to work on his balance after that. Always remember that he is young, and even if he has been ridden he hasn't really been "broke". Good luck :)

This is the smartest way to go - do NOT trust what someone has "done" on him. Sounds like you've already done a good deal of groundwork, just continue from there.

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Things are going great and I just started putting the saddle on him 3 days ago. I even walked him in the barn after we were done, to untack. I find that when I approach his left side to tack or untack he is a little uneasy and moves away. When I ask him a couple times to stand then he does. Thats about it though, everything else is kosher. He is so mr.cool. I even put weight in the saddle and in the stirrup like I was getting on, he was just like looking at me and saying oooooooooook, what are you waiting for.lol He probably knows but like yall said I'm still going through all the necessary steps for safety. He is doing well and such an eager learner. One day last week I think he was actually mad at me for not coming to see him:( It had rained bad so I didn't go out there. That was the only time he didn't want to come to me in the field.

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