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Jennyrose 06-09-2008 05:55 AM

Riding a horse that has not been ridden in awhile
HI everyone, :D , im new at this so excuse me if i make some mistakes.

I was just wondering if anyone could give me advise on riding a 12 year old 14.1 arab who has nt been ridden in awhile. I am planning to groom her and get to no her and take her for walks in hand before i attempt to back her. Do you think this is s good way to gain her trust? and is there anything else that may help me along the way?

iridehorses 06-09-2008 06:52 AM

Jenny, over the past year and for some reason, I've ended up with a few horses that had been previously trained but unridden for up to 3 years.

What you have started doing is exactly the way I started with them. I did that for about a week with one and it took a little longer with another before she was comfortable.

After a week, I reintroduced the saddle and continued my hand walk for a few days. I walked them all over the farm as I did some regular work - a lot like a dog on a leash. Then came lunging with tack including a bridle over the halter. Next I had a friend hold them and I mounted. At first I just put weight in the stirrups without mounting, then I mounted and got off several times each time increasing the amount of time I sat in the saddle. Finally I sat there for about a minute stroking them then applied pressure with my legs and walked off. In my case they just rode off with no problem.

In your case, no one can predict without knowing the history of your horse but by the time you are ready to mount, you will have a good idea what to expect.

Good luck!

Jennyrose 06-09-2008 06:57 AM

Thanx for your advice i never thought to her around with me whilst doing normal tasks but i think this is a great idea as she will be able to trust me around all sorts of tools and noises that way. Also i am going to lunge her with my friend when she is ready with the saddle and bridle on so that she gets used to being tacked up too :) . Thank you very much for the advice :)

iridehorses 06-09-2008 07:04 AM

I liked the idea of having them around me while I worked for just the reasons you mentioned.

I use a rope halter and a 12' lead. I tuck a length of the lead in my belt (which makes it very easy to pull out if the horse spooks) when I have to pick something up or need two hands for anything. I'll watch them for any sign of spook and move slowly at first. By the end of the week you would think they were veteran ranch horses!

I hope that works for you as well as it did for me.

Jennyrose 06-09-2008 07:07 AM

thanx i'll bear everything you said in mind :) ill let you know how she is gettin on.

Vidaloco 06-09-2008 07:38 AM

Thats really good advice from iridehorses. Stupid me just threw the saddle on Vida and took off. I didn't know it had been a year since she had been ridden and never taught to halt or whoa. She knows it now, but it was an interesting first few weeks :lol:
Welcome to the forum by the way :D

Jennyrose 06-09-2008 07:40 AM

thanx :) everyone is very friendly,

and i defo wont be chucking the saddle on lol i dont fancy a gallop on her right yet :P

iridehorses 06-09-2008 08:00 AM

Jenny, some of the things I did during the first week was to work on ground manners and flexing. Since they had not been ridden in a while I wanted some flex and suppleness in their bodies and some yielding to pressure. I just wanted to refresh their memories and get used to me at the same time. In fact I do a lot of this with any new horse.

The lunging was a way of knowing if they could be slowed down when I moved them up to a canter. It wasn't just turning them in a circle but actually using two long lunge lines attached to their bits and run through the stirrups - ground driving.

I don't heal as fast as I used to when I was younger so I wanted to know what I was dealing with long before I stepped on board.

Jennyrose 06-09-2008 06:10 PM

That is enca in my picture who i have been talkin about. As you can see she is gorgeous and i cant wait to start working with her :D

BackintheSaddle2 06-15-2008 11:50 PM

I am in your shoes. Last month I bought a Morab mare and a Paint QH horse. Neither have had any work done on them for the past couple of years and I bought both from a person that was selling them to recoup the board not paid during that time. All they knew about the horses are that they were around 10 years old, (although their teeth look slightly younger than that ) and that they people who owned them rode them over 40 km to get them to the place.

So all I know is they were broke before but not what bits they used or how much training they have had or whether they have been used for trails or what. I feel like I bought them from an auction and am starting from ground zero.

We lucked out really. When we went to pick them up they climbed right on the trailer. I couldn't have been happier. So I know they have been trailered before and remembered it well.

I started out the first week or two with treats and frequent visits to the pasture. Fortunately they are very people friendly and are easy to be caught and lead nicely.

I then spent a few days tying them somewhere they could watch me work. Other than the mare breaking a couple lead ropes this worked out fairly well.

Then I took each and brushed them all down while tied, picked up there feet and just tested how far they would let me go with them, on the ground manners. They were awesome, didn't have any issues.

next of course was tacking them up. The mare again took a little more time, acted more scared of the blanket and saddle but my gelding took it all in stride. I put Hubby up first. he isn't a rider but I wanted to be able to lead him around and gauge the reaction of the horse having a rider up. Got hubby to put a bit of wait in the stirrups first, and then swung p when neither showed any reaction. Led him around for a very short time and then called it a day.

The next course of action was to tack them up again, after brushing, feet etc. I ran them around the corral for a bit fully tacked up to get some of the energy out of them and then I Got hubby on and let him ride without the lead. Both did well. Although the gelding did a bit better with the curb bit than the mare with the split snaffle, so will have to try her out with a curb and see how she does there. They did so well I also rode them around the corral and let the kids have a try with me leading.

The mission tomorrow will be to take them out of the corral into the smaller pastures and see how each moves while being with a rider in the bigger spaces. Can't wait.

Good luck with yours!

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