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post #1 of 6 Old 09-19-2013, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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Words of advice to a new lessee?

I am excited to lease one of the lesson horses at the barn I take lessons . Now, the is very different from private leases, I don't have to worry about alot of details, but I will have to learn how to properly catch him, tack etc. and alot of times I will be riding without my trainer there.

What are some things I should be aware of hen catching horses in pasture ?
What if he's in a stall and his butt is facing me?
Refuse to walk on lead?
Keeps eating with head down when I try to halter him?
Tail swishing when picking hind feet?

How to avoid bad habits whenriding without trainer?
How to avoid bad ground manners?
What to watch out for?

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post #2 of 6 Old 09-19-2013, 03:30 PM
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What are some things I should be aware of when catching horses in pasture: Don't get kicked.
What if he's in a stall and his butt is facing me: Cluck at him and get him to move do not enter small space when there is a chance you could get kicked... Really just don't put yourself in any position where you could get kicked.
Refuse to walk on lead: If this horse refuses to walk on a lead you need a different horse any well broke horse should lead perfectly.
Keeps eating with head down when I try to halter him: Put the lead rope around his neck let him know that he is caught, then pull up on the lead rope... If this does not work just nudge him in the jaw with your boot, as soon as he puts his head up put the halter on. Never have your head over the horses head when the horses head is down you can get a broken jaw when they bring there head up this way.
Tail swishing when picking hind feet: This means that the horse is annoyed, you will just have to live with it or just keep picking his feet till he realizes that he can't get out of it.

How to avoid bad habits when riding without trainer: Just do what are trainer has told you and don't be lazy.
How to avoid bad ground manners: Always let the horse know that you are the boss! If he takes even one step towards you put him back!!
What to watch out for: Always give the horse a good pat down to make sure they don't have any neut flys, small cuts. If the horses eyes look puffy from flys get some anti biotic for eyes from your vet. If the horse has been standing in soft ground for a while and the frog is soft and peeling with posible bad smell and puss get some hoof gard this could be thrush, If there is puss keep the horse inside for a couple weeks to try out the hoof. If the hoof is cracking and is very dry and bridle you should soke the horses feet in water for ten minutes. Watch out for signs of lameness... When lounging the horse watch if if at times there head bonuses a little this might be a sing of lameness. If horse trips when on hard ground or rocks this could be a sign of lameness.

Are you paying all the bills? Shoeing, vet etc?
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post #3 of 6 Old 09-19-2013, 04:11 PM
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I started leasing two months ago - it's lead to utter horse addiction. I hope I mellow out eventually... :)

Congrats! Post some pics of your new best friend. :)

I would work w/ your trainer too - but if I have issues w/ a horse not going on a lead rope, I would cluck & pull first.. if nothing, the general idea for this is to swing the long end of the lead rope around your back so it gives him a little 'bite' and tells him to move forward. but i would have someone with you who can give you a visual before you try this yourself.

you may have rides where your trainers aren't there watching you, but they should 'train you' on what to do for this so that you can go about the process of getting your horse, tacking up, riding, untacking etc. with confidence..

although sometimes i feel like i personally have learned all too much from doing the wrong thing (from lack of knowing) and having someone tell me.. as one example: 'uhh.. you know there's a place for you to hose your horse off, you just don't hose them off in the cross ties...'

but you know.. i always was very humble in those moments and I'm getting there!
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A lease does not mean a sale. Bring any health concerns to the owners and let them decide how to treat. This would be a good time to buy Clinton Anderson's book:
http://www.amazon.com/Clinton-Anderson/e/B001K8ITE0There is a used copy right now for $11.00--very affordable.
You need to learn to be #1 and the horse, #2 in your relationship. By practicing on an already manageable school horse, you can really learn how to handle horses, in general. They all pretty much behave the same way towards proper authority.

A Jack and Three Queens, the latest book by James C. Dedman, Amazon.com
Hope that you fall in love with "Trot", like I did! http://www.horseforum.com/general-of...queens-617793/
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I'm a little confused about the circumstances of this lease... You have been lessoning , but do not know how to tack/lead? (That wasn't meant to sound rude, I'm just trying to understand).

If that's the case (it may not be, I could be reading wrong!) then I'm guessing that you arrive to an already tacked horse. I would say learning these basics, from your trainer, is absolutely step one. They will be able to show you everything you need to know, plus make you aware of any quirks your lesson horse may have.

Since it is, indeed, a lesson horse... You really shouldn't be worried about anything /too/ crazy.

Enjoy your new lease! We'd love pics! <3
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No, this lease situation is different, its like a baby step to owning. I am entitle to ride him 6 days a week, I pay a set fee per month, but he remains in a lesson program a d I can use him as long he's not in lesson.
I'm not sure if its bad for him to be in a lesson and the. I ride him the same day?

This particular horse has excellent ground manner and behaves like a machine when mounted. I think for someone green like me, I need this.

Those problem I listed above are the bratty horses I work with at the therapeutic barn. How they can use those brats for disable kids is beyond me....

Corporal- I can't see the title of the book and the link is not showing properly on my iPad, what's the title? Thank you so much!
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