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    10-25-2009, 10:45 PM
Question Where should I start? Its long.

Some of you may seen my new mare :) She is a 4 year old Standardbred mare. She was Amish bred but sold as a yearling to a family who mainly had her as a pet until this june when they sold her to the Amish family I got her from. She was of course halter broke and you can pick all her feet up, groom, bath her and she loads amazingly. But she was never started.

My brother usually starts his at 2 (if they are physically and mentally ready) so I have no experience with starting one at this age. The lady I got her from said the had been lunging her and had the saddle on her. She also told me she had sat on her a few times while she had her tied up. Now wheather this is true or not I have no idea. I've had her since Friday and as far as training or anything I haven't done anything with her yet. Tomorrow I want to start somewhere haha. But I don't know where to start. She is a little high strung and full of herself at times but not uncontrolable.

Another thing I want to point out is that she invades your space very badly. If she see something that she isn't sure about she will pretty much throw her shouder into me while we are walking and I have been making her stop, pushing her off me and make her stand still until she is quiet. Then we will try again. By the end of our walk today she was getting the idea but is there something else I should do?

Oh and one more thing, when I am walking her and she gets excited she runs through her halter and takes me with her. I, of course get her stopped and again make her stand til she is quiet. But what else can I do for this? Should I use something more... I don't know something she would pay more attention to? She acts like her halter isn't even there.

Sorry this got so long, haha I am sure I will have a lot more questions throughout all this :)
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    10-25-2009, 10:48 PM
I have no idea about the other stuff since I don't ride. But if she's not paying attention and runs through her halter, put a shank over her nose. She's too big to be pulling you around and not paying attention. She will get the message when she starts pulling.
    10-25-2009, 10:51 PM
What do you mean by shank? Sorry I have never had to use anything other then a halter on any of my other horses :)
    10-25-2009, 10:55 PM
Just put a lead over her noes, and then use it normally. Shanks are leads with a chain on them. They pinch the nose, kind of like a choke collar on a dog.
    10-25-2009, 10:56 PM
Oh like a stud chain?
    10-25-2009, 11:02 PM
I had to use a stud chain for our filly only once and that was because it worked wonders. She is really grain aggressive, well actually pushy. My gelding knows to wait till I bring it to him, but my filly will try and to push onto me, and if I shoe her away, she would turn her butt to me but never kick but still that shows disrespect so I took this trainers advice and used a stud chain and she now waits for her food, lol. I would think that it could work on your mare.
    10-25-2009, 11:05 PM
Alright... Has anyone had any success with just a rope halter?
    10-25-2009, 11:19 PM
I tried the rope halter with my filly, she is very strong willed so it didn't work on her. It did however help when I had her tied for long periods of times, she had no patience to be tied, but once I used the rope halter on her with the pressure point knots, she quickly learned that it wasn't fun to pull on it at all, lol. But if you are walking her, I am not sure how you would really use it to your advantage because you don't want to yank to much on her head, or atleast I wouldn't think so.
    10-25-2009, 11:25 PM
I only like to use a shank/ stud chain on dangerous horses. If the horse just needs a little ground training I would prefer to use just a regular halter. But some horses are very sensative and may get upset with a chain.
    10-26-2009, 12:39 AM
Thanks for the advise. I am going to try the rope halter first and work on respect in the round pen with her.. I do however have a stud chain if I would need one :)

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