Hi, I'm new to horses other than riding Shetland ponies when I was young and a short time taking dressage lessons about 10 years ago. My husband does have horse experience. We live on some land and my husband has cattle.
We recently bought a 10 yo mare, Rosie, who is in foal and due end of March and a filly, Flicka, who will be two next year. Both are quarter horses and I put their registered names on my profile if interested. I didn't realize how excited I would be to have horses (finally!) and I turned into a five yo child waiting for them to be delivered and then spent early morning to late at night with them the first week. Neither has really been touched much, both pasture horses at a horse breeder's place. Rosie is halter trained, Flicka - nothing. We're working on Flicka to let her touch us and then get a halter on her. We are lunging her and I've been using treats and grass to get her used to me being close. We made a lot of progress yesterday (she and I). She would put her head against me and I would press on her. I was able to reach up and rub her neck, so I can see it is coming. I worry about training her to be food aggressive with this technique though so feel I need to wean her off food.
Anyway, our goals are to eventually trail riding. Rosie, I've been told, is too old to train to ride, and we knew this getting her. She has an easy temperament and I'm happy to do ground work with her. We hope to train Flicka and the baby that will come in the spring. Both seem to be very nice personalities. Flicka reminds me of a 3 yo child, very curious, smart!, and very unsure. Touch, back-off, touch - in quick succession. She is very polite about taking a treat. Rosie discovered apple-oat treats and is enthusiastic about getting them. Neither had anything but pasture, hay, and alfalfa pallets. It took a while to get them to eat the treats.
I have a lot to learn, about myself and the horse. My interest in being around them outweighs my fear. I am studying their behavior. www.thinklikeahorse.com
has helped me a lot, as well as some other videos. I need to find a trainer for myself. This is a concern to find one that teaches what I know I want to learn in the way I want to learn it. I'm interested in learning groundwork first. My husband watched me lunge Flicka yesterday and there are a lot of subtleties I need to learn. A day at a time.
When I figure out how to post a photo with my replies, I'll do that.