Training a slightly green mare...
   

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

Training a slightly green mare...

This is a discussion on Training a slightly green mare... within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category
  • Powered by vBulletin training

Like Tree2Likes
  • 2 Post By Gallop On

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    03-29-2013, 08:41 PM
  #1
Foal
Training a slightly green mare...

I am going to be working with a mare this week that is slightly green. Her walk is okay but her trot is all over the place and not collected and her canter is even worse. Her canter is definitely not collected and it seems like she is getting ahead of me. She is absolutely not careful over fences and rushes over them. I had a few ideas in mind like getting her flat done, then her jumping. For her flat I was thinking I could start with transitions then move into poles. I only have her for a week, and I wasn't so sure where to start cause I have too many ideas, but not sure what to do. I'd love it if you gave me suggestions...
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    03-29-2013, 11:22 PM
  #2
Started
Quote:
Originally Posted by LoveIsTheAnswer    
I am going to be working with a mare this week that is slightly green. Her walk is okay but her trot is all over the place and not collected and her canter is even worse. Her canter is definitely not collected and it seems like she is getting ahead of me. She is absolutely not careful over fences and rushes over them. I had a few ideas in mind like getting her flat done, then her jumping. For her flat I was thinking I could start with transitions then move into poles. I only have her for a week, and I wasn't so sure where to start cause I have too many ideas, but not sure what to do. I'd love it if you gave me suggestions...
If you only have a week, and if her trot and canter is as bad as it sounds, I wouldnt even worry about jumping in that short time. Correct jumping comes with a solid flat foundation, that quite possibly can't be acquired in a week. I would start at a walk, and get that down pat, get her engaged in her hind end, collected, and working smoothly and obediently. Get her walk going better than "okay". Work it with the trot too, same thing, collection, hind engagement, steady, smooth obedience. Canter - same thing. If you are dead set on starting her going on some jumps, once of course you have her flat corrected, set up a grid of small height, to help get her focused, and to encourage her not to rush. Who knows what you can do in a week, but I would mainly just focus on the flat work.
loosie and Elana like this.
     
    03-31-2013, 01:16 AM
  #3
Trained
Hi & welcome.

If you only have her a week, you're asking too much to 'correct' her issues, aside from maybe a couple of minor ones - just enjoy her for the week!

I'd also take it easy when riding, don't jump, until you rule out &/or treat any physical issues, before asking much of her at all - eg. Saddle fit, back, bit, teeth, hooves, etc. It's very possible she is 'messy' because of pain, hoof imbalance, etc. Understandably if she's not yours & you only have her a week, you may not want to fork out money for treatment or new saddle though.

If she were yours & you rule out/resolve physical issues, sounds like you would do well to get a trainer/instructor to work with you. Yes, I'd certainly get her going well on the flat before jumping, & also start her jumping without a rider.
     
    03-31-2013, 01:25 AM
  #4
Trained
During this week, do a lot of just going around the rail of the pen and getting her softening to the bridle, cruising around at the trot and lope with no added pressure. Just get her comfortable. If she feels good, start asking her to bump up into the bridle. You probably aren't going to achieve a super good collected horse in just one week. The most important thing at this stage is relaxation, and then working on collecting her once she realizes what your hands and legs are cueing her for.
     

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Training my green mare to stop looking to the outside! Epizzella Horse Riding 2 12-20-2012 12:27 PM
Pregnant Mare + Slightly Open Cervix + Regu-Mute CLaPorte432 Horse Breeding 1 05-04-2012 09:34 PM
Green broke mare in training...? WesternRider1996 Horse Training 5 01-03-2012 01:08 AM
Training a Green Horse MadamKing Horse Training 12 07-29-2011 07:44 PM
Help for newbie with training a green. Repti Horse Training 16 04-20-2011 09:56 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:22 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0