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post #11 of 63 Old 08-05-2013, 07:28 PM
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The horse is young and, while I don't have a problem lightly starting a 2 year old if they seem to be ready, she doesn't sound ready at all.

There is a lot more to training a horse than just putting a saddle up there and getting on. Before you ever set foot in a stirrup, the horse needs to know how to bend and give to the bit every which way. They need to have a solid whoa and a solid cue for forward motion.

Did gf do any kind of warm up with the horse in a roundpen or anything or did she just put the saddle on and proceed to get on?

Either way, that horse needs to be given time to mature, another year at least, and then needs to go to a trainer that will know how to get her started right.

No offense, but if your gf keeps going the way she's been going, she's either going to get herself hurt, get the horse hurt, or completely fry the poor filly's brain and she may never be a trustworthy mount.
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post #12 of 63 Old 08-05-2013, 07:28 PM
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She's not trained. My suggestion would be to find a trainer to teach you how to teach her. Start with ground work and then move on to riding work. Don't continue to ride her though. She'll end up with some nasty habits that will be hard to break.
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post #13 of 63 Old 08-05-2013, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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we plan on staying off of her now.. we dont know how far she is from being 3 years old.. we didnt get very good info on her.. We plan on just walking around with the halter on for now on with no one on her.. Show her love and build our trust with her.. What about when the farrier comes out to do her feet? She wont hold up her foot.. Is this going to be a problem. Since she is so skittish.. We can touch them but she puts all her weight down on the one we are trying to pull up..
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weird thing is also that she doesnt have a problem with her up there if i have ahold of her and leading her around the yard with the halter on though.. And also she does good just walking. we had her on a trot. then she said whoa, and then the horse took off at a gallop.. Thats what we dont understand.. . she knows how to trailer, leads, backs up when told.. just figured i would throw that stuff out there too.. this is our first horse so all the info we can get the better off we are! and the horse too...
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post #15 of 63 Old 08-05-2013, 07:52 PM
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my horses do that sometimes just lean your weight on her and try to lift the foot
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post #16 of 63 Old 08-05-2013, 07:52 PM
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Yes, sounds like you need some hands on help from a trainer. We can type out pages & pages of stuff for you to do, but without having someone right there to help you, things can go bad very quickly. When the farrier gets there, ask him/her if there is anyone close by that could help you with this horse. Too many reasons and guesses what is happening, best to have an experienced horseperson help you out. Good luck, horses are fun and good exercise but you have to know how to work around them properly & safely otherwise it's the opposite of fun, it's dangerous.
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I agree you need to hire a trainer. The reason the horse takes off while you are riding her is because she hasn't been trained under tack. She probably only has been desensitized to the saddle and maybe a bridle on her face. This does not mean she has been trainer to respond to contact or cues under saddle. At this point I would only work on training from the ground, lunging only. Really you should wait another year, so next year from now I would start transitioning the horse under saddle if she is ready. You and your girlfriend should not be doing this, a trainer should be. Both of you do not sound experienced enough for a horse this young.
If possible I would see if you can return the horse to the owner or find someone else who will take the horse. I would recommend that you two buy an older horse that has already gone through training and is calm and steady enough for you to learn from. Maybe you can trade your young horse for and older 18+ horse almost ready for retirement. I know this sounds boring and not the horse fantasy you had in mind but for your safety and the horses, especially if you are not going to hire a trainer I would sell the horse.
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yep we sure do need help and i dont want any one hurt.. We just want to ride her safely
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yep we sure do need help and i dont want any one hurt.. We just want to ride her safely
That isn't going to happen without a trainer. I would suggest you buy some training books for horses if you don't want to sell her. Start with ground training. Then some desensitization to different objects like tarps. But you really do need to higher a trainer.
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post #20 of 63 Old 08-05-2013, 09:07 PM
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If someone told me that she knew "giddy up" .... I literally wouldn't know what to say other than "are you kidding me??!!!" Giddy up??!!! Seriously?? If you wanted a horse to ride safely, buying a 2 year old is completely wrong. You need an older seasoned horse. Sounds like a disaster in the making here. If I was you I'd be selling this one and finding something else more suitable.
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