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    05-24-2013, 11:13 AM
3 new unused older horses

I have recently inherited 3 older horses, 2 are 20 years old and 1 is 12 year old. The older ones have not been ridden in at least 10 years and the younger one has not been ridden in about 5 years. Do I have to start from scratch with these horses or can I just do a refresher course??
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    05-24-2013, 11:36 AM
Green Broke
I would start over, go slowly and see where they are at. Some horses can sit forever and remember everything others will Bronc like they've never been broke.

ETA:I see you are new to horses, I would also suggest brinig a trainer out to help you with this if you don't already have one.
    05-24-2013, 11:53 AM
Green Broke
^^agree. I have seen horses(my BO owns one of them), that can be kicked out indefinately and come back the same as they were in the first place, months and months later.
    05-24-2013, 11:55 AM
Do you know what sort of training they have had?
Hopefully they are in good physical shape...good weight, feet cared for, teeth okay (especially the older two). Vaccinations, deworming. You might want to have a vet check them over and get aquainted...but maybe you have. There is all sorts of information we don't know. It's good to start with a healthy horse.
Barrelracingarabian is right. Start from the beginning. Hopefully all will go well for you and for them. Keep us posted!
And welcome to the forum... : )
    05-24-2013, 11:56 AM
Do you know anything about their history? A good minded and well broke horse can sit for years and ride off tomorrow like it was worked everyday. If you are a beginner, it's not something for you to figure out but by how they react to being saddled and bridle will give you some insight into their minds. Do you know anyone who can test ride them for you?

20 is not old for a good horse.
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    05-24-2013, 12:39 PM
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    05-24-2013, 03:15 PM
Green Broke
Welcome and hope you can get them up to par so they can be a joy under saddle for you.
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    05-24-2013, 07:35 PM
3 unused older horses

Thanks all for your helpful input. I thought you might want to know that I did go out and ride the youngest horse (Lacy) and she did fine she does need a lot of miles put on her but I think she will make a really good horse. The two older ones ( Shesa & Flame) I am still doing ground work on and will probably keep on with the ground work for a couple more weeks. Thanks again and I will keep ya all posted
    05-29-2013, 02:59 PM
You never know. I had a mare I obtained when she was 26. She had been broke at age 3 and not ridden since. I put a bridle on her and slid on bareback in her pipe corral, just to see how accepting she would be, and she went right along with the program. Next time I came out to see her I brought a light saddle and rode her a bit in the arena. In the end, though we rarely rode her, she was like riding a green broke 26 year old horse. Very gentle and quiet, but did not know much. I was the main one that rode her whenever, and had some really fun times with her, but was always careful not to over do it. My favorite memory of her was riding her by myself on the sand next to the lake and going for a long canter. I rarely rode her past a walk, but she had the most lovely gaits. She was a very special horse and lived to be 35.

I would do the same with these guys. If they are respectful on the ground, try them in a very controlled enviornment, and if you are new to horses, I would have a more experienced rider work with them and find out what they do and don't know. They may be very well trained, or, like my old mare, may just have the basics. A gpod trainer will help you assess them.

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