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    07-16-2013, 07:30 PM
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I got my first horse....now what?

Hi everyone, I'm new to horses so I apologize in advance for my ignorance!

Here is my delimma in a nutshell. I have come into possession of a beautiful 6 year old mare quarter horse. She was rescued as a yearling from bad conditions and turned into a very sweet, good riding horse.....until her owner was in a car wreck that broke her back and could no longer ride. All her horses went through a sale barn where this mare ended up back in unpleasant conditions. She is stunted in growth and was being cowboyed (that's the term I was given for the rough way she was handled) by 2 sizeable men with no patience. She is also blind (or possibly just impaired visually) in her left eye.

She is my first horse and I waited 40 years to get one, so this will be her home for the rest of her life. She is spooky, WILL NOT load on a trailer, and to have been a great riding horse she only turns left and whoa is optional. I've only had her 3 days and I'm very glad to say we've made considerable progress with being able to catch her (she walks up...or close and doesn't jump when approached anymore).

I am hoping to trail ride her the end of September for a charity but her happiness is priority. My question is....how do I get her to turn right and stop on command? Why isn't left a problem? My knowledge of horses is extremely limited and I got her tack and saddle from the previous (rough) owner so I'm not even sure it's right for her. What can I do to let her know she's safe with me.....load in a trailer. ....and right hand turn? Oh....and stop would be nice! I guess I should feel lucky....she broke the other man's collarbone and cracked a few ribs, she just wanders in circles til she's tired with me.
     
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    07-16-2013, 07:44 PM
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She was probably ridden in a round pen in the same direction.

If you aren't very experienced with horses and want to keep this mare, you need to get a trainer. She can be fixed, and she will probably make a great trail horse, but definitely not by September. She will have a lot of things to work through before she can do that. Find a reputable trainer and saddle fitter, and get her fixed up. If you can afford it, a chiropractor might be a good idea later as well because having larger men ride her hard may have caused her some pain.
     
    07-16-2013, 07:44 PM
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Started
I suggest Clinton Anderson's Gaining Respect DVDs for you (he's a great teacher explains a lot of horse behavior) and a trainer for your horse and you! She sounds like a handful for someone with limited horse experience. Heck, I've had horses all my life and I still have a trainer. They see things that you (or me) might overlook.
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    07-16-2013, 07:53 PM
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Weanling
See if you can at least take a few lessons with a trainer on a more experienced horse so that you know how to give the right commands to even tell her to turn left, and whoa and all that good stuff. A green horse and green rider can really get each other confused. Then after a couple of lessons when you have the basic commands down, see if the trainer can help you with your mare, or ride the mare a little for you first to see what she does know. I
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    07-16-2013, 07:55 PM
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Weanling
If that cannot be afforded - at least watch some youtube videos first on basic riding skills so that you can gain some knowledge on proper techniques, etc!
     
    07-16-2013, 08:01 PM
  #6
Started
How did you come to know her story? Sorry to be a cynic, but it sounds like a sympathy ploy to get someone to buy a blind in one eye, untrained horse, and then to sell her to a NOVICE??

I would pass her on, sorry.

Nancy
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    07-16-2013, 08:03 PM
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Showing
I think you should find a really good instructor to work on riding when you get to that point.

For now I think you need to really learn how to do groundwork with a horse. There could be something preventing her from turning right, which may have to be checked on by a chiropractor. But the stopping and trailer loading issues.. and even spookiness can be worked on and improved via ground work.
     
    07-16-2013, 08:09 PM
  #8
Yearling
Why did you think this horse would be a good fit for you? A visually impaired horse needs to rely on the rider to keep it out of harms way. That requires a rider with experience, training knowledge, and consistent cues.

Sorry to say, you are in over your head. Get a trainer.
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    07-16-2013, 10:37 PM
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Originally Posted by greentree    
How did you come to know her story? Sorry to be a cynic, but it sounds like a sympathy ploy to get someone to buy a blind in one eye, untrained horse, and then to sell her to a NOVICE??

I would pass her on, sorry.

Nancy
To be quite honest I backtracked her ownership through her medical records from the sale barn. The person I got her from only had her for 2 months before she kicked him and broke his collarbone and he gave me her shot records. The neg cogins papers showed the name of the sale barn as the owner....so I called them and explained I was looking for medical history. I was surprised to discover I knew the prior owner (though only as an acquaintance) so I called her to ask for background on the horse. She is the one who told me about her vision, being rescued as a yearling, and previous riding nature.

To everyone, thanks for the advice. A trainer (for me) is an excellent idea and I'm a quick study so hopefully she can enjoy being ridden by less of a greenhorn soon! I'm also surprised no one suggested having her teeth checked. That's been the #1 comment from all my friends who have horses. ...but they just 'have horses', they're not experienced horsemen.

Oohhh....and about a chiropractor, how would I go about locating one of those. I'd like to have her checked because the guys were far too big for her and it couldn't hurt to get that looked into!
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    07-16-2013, 10:42 PM
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Originally Posted by BTHobbyfarm    
Oohhh....and about a chiropractor, how would I go about locating one of those. I'd like to have her checked because the guys were far too big for her and it couldn't hurt to get that looked into!
What area are you in?

The best way to find one is ask local barns, vets, horsemen, and if that doesn't work, then google is your best pal.

If you are in the MD/VA area I know of at least 2.
     

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