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post #1 of 6 Old 12-07-2013, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Hello from Northern Indiana!

Hey everyone! So here's my story...
I am 23 years old and just graduated from Ball State University with my Bachelor's degree. I've always had horses growing up but my parents sold them before I left for school. As a graduation present to myself I decided to get back into horses. We were in the process of putting up a fence and cleaning up the barn when I decided to go to a horse auction (just to look ;). I didn't want to get another horse until spring time, but then I came across "Gia" and couldn't pass her up. She is an 8 year old retired Standardbred who has spent her retired life as an Amish buggy horse. When I came across her she was in the "kill pen". If I wouldn't have bought her I'm scared to know where she would have been sent. I've had her home a week now and she is by far the SWEETEST mare I have ever met! However, I do not think she is broke to ride and so that was a main reason I joined this forum. I have never trained a horse before, so I want to make sure I do it right. I'm excited to visit with many of you and have people to ask questions that actually know what they are talking about! I love any and all advice people have and I will make sure to keep everyone updated about our process!
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-07-2013, 09:01 PM
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And there will be pictures, yes?
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What a beautiful horse! And welcome to the forum! It's awesome to see another Hoosier on here! And one that went to Ball State!
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She's a classsic standardbred. What a bright pink halter, it stands out on her. When I saw the first pic I was like "Wow, nice pink halter. LOL Congrats on getting your degree.

Does this mare have a lip tattoo? (underneath the upper lip) If she does then she was raced at some point and you can find out her breeding history and race career. (granted you can read the tattoo well, somtimes they get so muddied that they are hard to impossible to read. A black light usualy helps.) THe Amish could have aquired her from a racing dispersal sale (an auction). Does she pace, trot or perform any other gaits? Many standardbreds will perform a pace other than a trot and some will rack. For quick references on such gaits (incase your not sure the differences) here is a link. Horse gait - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Training an older horse to ride is not impossible and if she has a good temperment with loads of patience this will not be to hard perse'. I do recommend you get a hold of a trainer/instructor for training your horse though to keep you from getting hurt and for close guidance. If she drives well and listens to rein cues from the ground this will be easier once mounted. Having breaks before mounting is always a good thing to have and one of the most important training things to teach and have. But please do be careful. Welcome to the forum. :)

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