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MelCole 08-14-2012 11:34 PM

Horse after accident
Hi everyone,

My partner and I have just moved to a 3000 acre property and he has suggested I start to get back into horses to have some "me time" when he takes over mother duties with our 5 1/2 month old daughter.

I am eager to buy a horse and start riding again BUT in 2008 on new years day I rode a horse bare back (shouldn't have because he didn't know me and I didn't know him), he started rearing up and took off so I jumped off him and landed in long grass and whilst putting my arm down to soften my fall I snapped my wrist in half and now have a plate and 10 screws in there. Whilst I am 110% recovered and I have developed a terrible fear of riding and when horses flinch around me I get very nervous - obviously these can pick up on this.

I really need to overcome my fear as later in life I would love my daughter to start riding and for it to me a mummy daughter thing but I just don't know where to start at the moment.

Can anyone recommend any horses for sale or breeds I should consider? I obviously need something placid (VERY placid), a horse that does not shy away as this will freak me out I think if I am on my own (until my confidence is back), not a horse that likes to jump - really just a placid horse that loves a good cuddle and brush but is happy for me to go for a slow ride on him around my property.

Any suggestions/advice/information is much appreciated!!!!



BarrelWannabe 08-14-2012 11:43 PM

Try a Haflinger! They're small drafts with wonderful temperments. I would suggest a belgian or draft cross, but I don't know if you would be intimidated by the height.

But really, there isn't a particular breed, so much as the individual. Arabians, getting a bad rap for being hot, can be the most calm and gentle natured horses. The same is to be considered with Quarter horses, Thoroughbreds, Saddlebreds, Walkers, Paso Finos, etc.

Take your time, and get to know the horse. Don't become biased because of the horse's breed.
Look for a horse who has a sound body, and even sounder mind. Those are the keys to a great horse.

Edit: Also look for a good trainer that can help you and your new horse build confidence in each other.

apachewhitesox 08-14-2012 11:52 PM

I would generally stay away from thoroughbreds and arab because they can be hot. That isn't to say you wont find one you like because every horse is an individual, so going on breed alone wont necessarily get you what you want.

I would also get a trainer to help you gain your confidence and maybe take some lessons before you actually get a horse to help boost your confidence.

Good luck and welcome to the forum!

loveduffy 08-15-2012 12:00 AM

you could start off with a horse that could just be a pasture pal and you could groom him/her and that would help get you over the fear just go slow they is no time limit on getting over this

Ashleysmardigrasgirl 08-15-2012 02:18 AM

My vote is for an oldie but goodie! That way they'll know their job very well and have been around the block so many times not much phases them (usually)

Saddlebag 08-15-2012 09:39 AM

Had a mare with a bit of a show career but mainly trail ridden. At 18 she was worth more money than when she was younger. Why? Because she was safe and reliable. As one man said, when I put my daughter (9 yr) on a horse I need to know it will bring her home safely.

eeo11horse 08-19-2012 09:14 AM

A lot of QHs have nice temperments, but really it all depends on the individual horse. I would look for something older (maybe a lesson or trail horse) that new all the ropes and take lessons on that horse to regain your riding confidence. Also before you ride you could spend a lot of time getting to know your horse and doing ground work until you think you can trust him.

MelissaAnn 08-20-2012 10:44 AM

if you don't have any cows or any other horses, think getting a goat or a donkey to keep your new horse company! It will probably help him/her relax in a new environment. I second the suggestion of working with a trainer to help you find a nice older "been there, done that" horse!

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