I have just started to lease a new horse that I am planning on buying at the end of the year if I feel we are a good match. Her name is Mystic, she is a 17hh, 6 year old Thoroughbred. Mystic was rescued from an abandoned racing yard and has since been backed and lightly hacked. She never raced.
Now that the arena has been closed in it will make schooling a lot easier because up until now it was an open arena in an open yard and that made training almost impossible with other ponies wandering in and out and the option to gallop off at any stage.
She hacks out well in company and Im only now strating to take her out baby steps at a time on her own. She is a gentle giant but at that size she is also potentially very strong and capable of almost anything so we are working slowly!
I have ridden most my life and I own 2 Anglo Arabs as well that are used full time for competition with younger children so I do not ride them anymore. I had to re-home them a few years ago due to them being isolated on our farm and not getting the attention they needed so although I legally own them I have distanced myself on purpose so that they can continue the new bond they have with their new riders. However, this is the first time I have been thrown in the deep end and had to face the schooling process alone. I am looking for some tips on how to get started with her. I plan on having a few lessons every month for my own sake as well as some guidance for her. I am hoping to use someone's lunge arena and teach her the lunge but right now our yard does not have one which makes my job that much harder.
I want to only make positive progress with her and teach her correctly from the start. Please,any tips are welsome at this point!
She is a sensitive soul and I want her to see people (especially me) in a positive way after the way she has been treated in the past.