Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Cave Junction, Oregon
How to start riding a horse that hasn't been actively ridden in 5 years?
I acquired an Araibian Mare last summer because the owner didn't want to trailer her to NM. But really, the two didn't get along. After we accepted Molly as a gift we found out why. Molly was too aggressive for the previous owner and she liked docile horses. When Molly wouldn't respond to her commands she must have whipped her with something. I realized this when I was tending to the cows in the same field, pulled off my leather gloves and Molly reared up, snorted and turned her butt to me. She is very friendly and loving but I am a novas since I haven't ridden in 30 years and don't know how to get her to trust me. Though I can lean on her, groom her, pet her but I think she can sense it's be a long, long time since I've ridden horses. I need all the advice I can to be able to ride her in confidence. Plus, is it a good idea to let our local equestrian team work with her first to get Molly accustom of being ridden again? If my father-n-law was alive he'd for sure help my with her, he was very, very good with horses. But all his tack is in Reno and we're in Oregon and cant get it for at least another 6-8 months. My husband was a avid rider with his dad but he has degenerative Disc Disease and can't ride anymore. So...my desire to make Molly 'MY' horse is strong but just don't know where to start. She is curb bit trained and my neighbor loaned me her snaffle bit and reins and now I can't get any bridle near her ( she didn't like the snaffle bit at all) any and all help is greatly appreciated! Thanks for reading! Ginger~