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 :)