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post #1 of 6 Old 12-08-2014, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Training Fix?

I have a 4 year old mare that I really do love. My problem is that I have become very aware that she has never had any solid training at all. I have had her for a year and noticed a big change from when I first got her. She had come from a kill pen and as far as I know had only been being ridden for a month before I got her. She was very head shy at first but we have worked through this. She was skinny and small when we first got her and probably didn't have the nutrition she needed to be a 3 year old. She was very laid back the first summer and was not very spirited. A year later after a lot of loving care she is a big girl and acting like a four year old. She is very spooky of everything now that she is more aware. I really don't want to give up on her because I see the potential she has. I was wondering what your opinions on training for her would be? I am sending her for 45 days training and am wondering if that is enough time to establish the basics she seemed to have missed out on?
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you may be feeding her too much high powered grain. makes a horse jumpy.
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-08-2014, 02:18 PM
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You don't explain enough about what training your mare has in order to help you much, or about your level of experience, but it sounds to me that she is probably acting up more recently for two reasons. One, that she has grown into herself and is feeling good (and possibly full of grain,as tinyliny commented). Two, that the year of loving care you have given her has been too much love and not enough discipline. In any case, sending her away for training sounds positive. Make sure you follow up her training when she comes back home.
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I have a 4 year old mare that I really do love. My problem is that I have become very aware that she has never had any solid training at all. I have had her for a year and noticed a big change from when I first got her. She had come from a kill pen and as far as I know had only been being ridden for a month before I got her. She was very head shy at first but we have worked through this. She was skinny and small when we first got her and probably didn't have the nutrition she needed to be a 3 year old. She was very laid back the first summer and was not very spirited. A year later after a lot of loving care she is a big girl and acting like a four year old. She is very spooky of everything now that she is more aware. I really don't want to give up on her because I see the potential she has. I was wondering what your opinions on training for her would be? I am sending her for 45 days training and am wondering if that is enough time to establish the basics she seemed to have missed out on?
is she alone, or in a herd of some kind?

my first thought is that horses are normally in herd and when there is a leader paying attention for danger, the rest of the horses are more relaxed

second thought was you should stop in and check up on her training, maybe you can get the trianer to teach you a few things on establishing yourself as herd leader
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The amount of formal training for a horse depends on your ability as well as the horses trainability. I have clients that are great at riding green horses and get along fine on a colt with 30 days of training, and then I have clients that should never ride a horse unless its finished.

I suggest you try the horse after 45 days and then determine if the horse requires more training based on your ability. I generally let my clients ride there horse in a controlled area as soon as I feel the horse is safe. This way I can see the owners ability and it let me know what I might need to refine, and allows me to make suggestion for additional training.

best of luck,
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A year later after a lot of loving care she is a big girl and acting like a four year old. She is very spooky of everything now that she is more aware. I really don't want to give up on her because I see the potential she has. I was wondering what your opinions on training for her would be? I am sending her for 45 days training and am wondering if that is enough time to establish the basics she seemed to have missed out on?
4yo's aren't naturally spooky(well, than any other age horse may be), if that's what you mean by 'acting like a 4yo'. Could be partly diet/nutrition related. But I get the idea you're not very experienced with young, untrained horses? So it may not be so much about 'solid' training for her as about your own training, and perhaps 'giving up on her' to find her a more experienced home, and find yourself something more suited to a learner would be the best idea.

But basically, yes, 45 days is generally adequate for most horses, to establish 'the basics'(depends, as to what that means for different people tho), just not to get the horse 'solid' with anything. That can take months/years. Also depends on the handler - a horse can be 'rock solid' with some, but easily unglued with other people who may inadvertently encourage nervousness.
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