Tune up/Ground work
So...I had a fall about two weeks ago. At first it was thought that I broke my hip, now it turns out just nerve damage. I haven't gotten the "go ahead" to get back in the saddle yet, so I have been doing lots of ground work and wanted to brag a little on one of my girls.:D
Lexi, is 7 yrs old and was previously just a broodmare. I have owned her since April. I am in the process of weaning her colt, so I have upped her training since she no longer has him at her side. I am so amazed at her progress. She was previously all broodmare, barely liked to be groomed on. Now she will stand to be saddled, getting better with the headstall and bit, grooms, bathes, picks up all 4 feet. I am just so thrilled with her. She still mouths the bit quite a bit, but she has never had one before. She will do flexes on each side and move off of pressure. I hope to be getting on her soon for that first ride.
This is the oldest horse that I have started. I looked at several younger horses before deciding on this mare/colt package, mostly bc it was a better deal. I was told that she was too old and would be a handful from someone else. I haven't found that to be true yet. She seems like any other 2 or 3 yr old just with a longer attn span!
Has anyone else had success with starting older horses? Would love to hear how you tailored your training style/methods for the older horse?
Yeah, I helped to break a seven-year-old once. Really you should treat them like any green horse, and use common sense to tailor the program to the individual horse. Nothing particularly "different" about it, except perhaps an older horse is more likely to be spoiled and resistant--but certainly overcome-able.
Glad to hear you are recovering well.
Personally the age of the horse has little relevance to what you can achieve or how fast. In some respects it can be better, and personally I often see mares change once they've given birth, usually for the better.
Similar to what Bubba said, never make any assumptions. Breed, age etc are largely irrelevant. Tailor to the individual horses personality and needs.
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