Green Broke Behavior Carry Over

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        09-05-2012, 02:27 PM
    Green Broke Behavior Carry Over

    I went and looked at an 8 yr. Old Peruvian Mare last night. She has only been rode 3 times. She was very nervous and jumpy. The owner (an old cowboy)
    Rode her in the round pen. She acted up, but he knew what to do.
    I got on her and she reared up twice. Needless to say, I got off her!
    Does this kind of behavior generally carry over after
    Professional training?
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        09-05-2012, 02:35 PM
    If it does either you're the problem or that trainer wasn't very professional
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        09-05-2012, 03:18 PM
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    I wouldn't call a horse that behaved like that 'professionally trained'. Even green broke she should be safe for someone to sit on - though 3 times under saddle isn't a lot for some horses
    If the rearing made you decide to abandon ship then I'd say that she isn't for you as its something she's likely going to need to be worked through and if you get off every time she does it then in her mind she's being rewarded for bad behaviour and will keep doing it.
        09-05-2012, 03:29 PM
    I wouldnt consider 3 times undersaddle as green broke... I'd call it backed. 3 rides is nothing in the grand scheme of things. She needs somebody who is going to know what to do, and do it quickly.
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        09-06-2012, 08:50 PM
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    When a really green horse rears like this one did, it usually means that the rider pulled too hard on the reins and made the horse feel like it had nowhere else to go.

    I do not think you have the skill to ride a horse this green. Very green horses need to be ridden with one rein at a time and with very little pull. One graduates to using both reins at the same time only when the horse understands more about 'one rein riding'.

    If a person has the skill, the best thing to do is to ground drive a horse. It is the best way we have found to get a horse accustomed to accepting 'pull' on the reins / mouth and best way to teach a horse to 'follow its nose'.

    If this particular horse is very sensitive, it may take a while before it is ready to accept the use of both reins at the same time.

    Even after sending one out for 1 or 2 months, it is still going to be very green. You may be much better off looking for an older well-trained horse.
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        09-06-2012, 09:27 PM
    Thanks so much for the answers. It is confirming to me what I already knew was the right thing to do!!

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