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post #1 of 7 Old 02-18-2013, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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What should i do with this horse!?

My neighbours are keeping a little mare at their house as the horses owner had no room. The horse hasnt been ridden in about 2 years and I am starting to work with it. She is a true western and loves to do that, my question is; what should I do with her? What kind of exercises should I do to get her back in shape and remember everything she used to know. P. S. She is young, under 12 ( not sure exact age ) and she was once a lesson horse
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-18-2013, 12:19 AM
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are you doing ground work with her? I would start out with that with her first.....

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I did groundwork for about 45 min then hopped on her, she was very good and I rode her for about 10 minutes then cooled her out
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I am using my own saddle but I don't have her bridle
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post #5 of 7 Old 02-18-2013, 07:06 PM
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Do her owners know you are "working" with her? Perhaps THEY have an idea of what you should do with her.
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post #6 of 7 Old 02-18-2013, 07:14 PM
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Ask the owners what they would like done with her. I would definitely start with ground work, even if she is good under saddle, ground work helps to establish the tone for the whole interaction. Start by getting her to yield all parts of her body off the ground, get her really focusing on you. Lunging with lots of direction changes and transitions.
Once you have a solid foundation on the ground start with the basics under saddle, if you don't know her history there could be large gaps in her training. Just because she was used as a lesson horse does not mean she is well trained. Start with walking, get her really listening to your leg and seat and responding well, then throw in some trotting. Start with minimal amounts of trotting spread out with lots of walking. Transitions are great for building muscle and if she is very out of shape then long stretches of trotting will be too much. Take it slow, build up to where she is trotting well, downward transitions with minimal rein, engaged and bending nicely, then throw in some canter. Same thing start with lots of trot/walk with minimal canter built in.
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post #7 of 7 Old 02-18-2013, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much everyone! The owner know I am working with her, we have talked with her face to face. I will phone the owner or go to the local store where she works and figure out what she did and her history.

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