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post #1 of 13 Old 09-29-2010, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Rescue horses?

Hi, I posted back in July about getting a mare as my first horse but that did not work out.

I have found a rescue not too far away and am supposed to go and look at some horses this week. The lady went through the entire list. After speaking with my dad, I will probably be bringing home two as he has decided he would like to ride with me as well. I've only had a mini mare but he has had horses before.

One of the horses that the rescue said would be a good one, is an 8 year old quarter 'type' mare. She is excellent in the saddle (so would be good for a beginner) but she said she does have an issue of trying to be too close to you. She would need ground work. Not a mean bone in her, just doesn't know to respect your space. How hard is this to correct?

The other ones she thought might work: a 9 year old papered thoroughbred mare that looks more like a qh with dished head. Very calm and quiet. Was not broke when they got her but they have halter broke, saddled and been riding her. She is 'green broke' and the rescue's definition of that is less than a year of riding. She said she would make a good kids horse. She had a leg injury a year ago but is back 100% now.

She also has a 3 year old Tennessee Walker that my dad is interested in. Great potential, very sweet and gentle. They have had her saddled and walked kids around on her back. Said it would be very easy to finish her out.

From her pictures and all, there is one other horse I have fell in love with. She told me that she is for an experienced horse person. She is a gorgeous palomino. Some renters had her and left her in a field when the moved away. She is skittish and needs someone to take time to build trust. She has been saddled and rode once. Then someone told the rescue that they recognized her as a rodeo saddle bronc. She didn't buck when rode. I feel for her as she was abandoned.

I have done trail rides but am still a beginner. I have found a trainer that will work with me on any horse I choose. Maybe I am silly, but I feel sure there is a horse somewhere that is meant for me, that can bond with me. I own my own business so work from my home and make my own hours. I have lots and lots of time on my hand to devote to working with a horse and gaining their trust. I research everything quite a lot before deciding.

Also, another alternative is getting a horse to ride now and one that needs work so I am gaining experience while I work with the other. This lady really needs to place some horses before winter as her husband just had surgery. I had thought about asking her if it would help her to adopt a couple of horses and then foster a couple more.

Would love your thoughts and advice.
Thank you,
Stephanie
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-29-2010, 03:06 PM
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Personally, I HATE it when somebody says that a green broke horse would make a good kids horse! I'm really not in that much of a hurry to bury my children! Best bet would be the 8 year old and even then it would depend on how well the two of you click. Sometimes the horse and rider just don't seem to click while other times a horse can seem to read your mind and do anything you want. Which would you prefer?

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post #3 of 13 Old 09-29-2010, 03:27 PM
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If you're an inexperienced rider, expecting an 'advanced rider only' horse to be your dream horse because you love her coat color is the best way to get yourself hurt or dead.

Stop romanticizing about the pretty palomino who is NOT suitable. Too many noobs fall in love with color, and forget that pretty doesn't always equal sane or safe. If the horse's owner told you the mare isn't a beginner's horse, believe her.

The 8 y/o QH mare sounds more suitable than any of the others. She just needs to be taught to respect personal space. That's easily remedied, as long as you know how to fix it. If you don't, a good trainer can show you.
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If you're an inexperienced rider, expecting an 'advanced rider only' horse to be your dream horse because you love her coat color is the best way to get yourself hurt or dead.

Stop romanticizing about the pretty palomino who is NOT suitable. Too many noobs fall in love with color, and forget that pretty doesn't always equal sane or safe. If the horse's owner told you the mare isn't a beginner's horse, believe her.

The 8 y/o QH mare sounds more suitable than any of the others. She just needs to be taught to respect personal space. That's easily remedied, as long as you know how to fix it. If you don't, a good trainer can show you.
Couldn't agree more!! Although I shopped for color I knew I could take an unbroke horse and finish her no matter what the case. If you're inexperienced though, look for a horse that has no issues. An 8 year old quarter horse does not make her good for beginners. It makes her an 8 year old quarter horse. It definitely sounds like either which way you go (unless you get a truly broke horse) you should get a trainer to work with you. Even then, an inexperienced rider can destroy a dead broke horse.
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post #5 of 13 Old 09-29-2010, 04:48 PM
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I agree. An older, well seasoned horse is the best to teach an inexperienced rider.
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post #6 of 13 Old 09-29-2010, 04:59 PM
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If you're a true beginner I wouldn't recomend any of them. You don't need your first horse to have issues that you have no experience fixing. The whole learn as you go thing doesn't usually apply to horse training, because once you teach them something it's generally very hard to undo.

Also don't let a horse's looks influence your decision at all! It never ends well. You have to make sure you and the horse click well and you can't tell that from pictures. I've always been a big fan of dark bays and look at my horse-grey with some seriously strange brown splotches. But we fit well together, which is why I chose him (over a really gorgeous bay mare).

I would personally be a little leary of adopting from someone who puts kids on a green horse.
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post #7 of 13 Old 09-29-2010, 06:30 PM
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Do you mind me asking where this rescue is? Im looking to buy a horse really soon and I would love to get one from a rescue place. Thanks
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post #8 of 13 Old 09-29-2010, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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I did not say I was taking the palomino, I did not even say she was my dream horse and if I were going on color only, she definitely is not my dream. She is a pretty girl but I feel for her circumstances and something about her in her picture and the look in her eye just clicked with me.

I also said I could get a trainer to help with issues if needed. I believe my question was how hard is it to correct a horse that crowds and make them respect your personal space.

I am not trying to be rude or like I know everything, but I do not appreciate being talked down to. I never said I was choosing a horse on looks and am sorry if it appeared that way. I am actually quite fond of black/whites, grays and blue roans.

If I were going on color, I would be interested in the gray Arabian that is for an experienced rider but I am not. I just felt for the palomino after hearing her story and seeing her picture.

Bensmomma, I will pm you. ;)
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Teaching a horse to respect your space might take one session or it could take alot longer. It all depends on the horse. To do this you need to think like a horse. They are herd animals and will do everything they can to stay in a herd (going solo wil inevitably lead to death in the wild). There is always at least one lead mare and she pretty much controls the herd. Sure there's a stallion and all that, but we all know women actually run the show. Anyways, everyone else in the herd will obey this mare. Not because they are afraid of her, but because they respect her, and this is the positon you want to be in and make sure it's clear you will not settle for anything less.

Some things I've done with Jester (who also had personal space issues when I bought him):
-Swing the lead rope in a helicopter motion in front of his nose when he gets too close. I don't hit him with it, it just makes him back up.
-Taught him to yield to pressure. To get him to back up I take my finger and rub a small circle in the middle of his chest and then press back until he backs up and then I release pressure and praise him. It's gotten to where as soon as I make a small circle anywhere on his body with my finger he will yield to that finger with only a tiny bit of pressure.
-Rewarding immediately when he does these things.

The length of time it will take will depend on your horse. I bought Jester in the beginning of August and we're still working on it, although he's much much better about letting me have my own bubble. He does it because he loves the attention. He was neglected for 8 of his 9 years and always wants to be next to me. That being said, he's very eager to please and therefore easy to train. A horse I trained a few years ago was pushy because he was always testing my dominance. So different horses are pushy for different reasons and an exercise that would work for one might not work for another. A trainer will be able to help with a solution for your individual horse.
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on the subject of rescue horses, and getting truthful options in this category about such horses. This organization has done some excellet work on rescued horses, and will be totally honest to the horses level of safety, riding or other things about the horses. Its one of the few places I trust for adoption of rescue horses.

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