This little horse of mine, I'm gonna let him shine - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 14 Old 12-31-2019, 02:09 AM Thread Starter
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Talking This little horse of mine, I'm gonna let him shine

From drugged, neglected and abused to learning how to be a horse again This is the story of my young project (deemed rescue) and how I got him to where we are today.

In May on 2019, I took a long drive to a private barn. I tried a young horse out and decided to bring him home. Knowing he was just 90 days broke, only five years old and still growing I had high hopes (still do) to make him into an upper level event horse.

Long story short. Archie was dumped on me by a gal who got in over her head. She felt she needed to keep herself and him safe as he was much harder to handle than she expected so she decided that using dorm gel for most things, I.E farrier work, ground handling, trailering, clipping ect...was the best course of action.

After he arrived, realizing what was truly going on, I turned him out to pasture on just over 10 acres with a heard of other horses at the barn for two and half months (remainder of the summer) is was to let him just chill out, come off the drugs, relax and enjoy the summer being a horse. he was also in need of weight and TLC.

We have over come many big issues he came with, many more to still get over but we are finally at the phase where we can start working him under saddle. We really just are starting over with him from the ground up so I am hoping to log the experiences and progress with him on here, with a supportive and helpful crowd.

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post #2 of 14 Old 12-31-2019, 02:13 AM Thread Starter
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Archie and I this past summer
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post #3 of 14 Old 12-31-2019, 02:23 AM Thread Starter
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All from this past summer and fall, we are only walk trotting under saddle for 10-25 minutes at a time since re starting him his winter but I can’t wait until he’s back to having confidence to start jumping again! This little horse has come SO far in just half a year!
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post #4 of 14 Old 12-31-2019, 02:34 AM
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What a lovely boy! He looks very happy and quite handsome again. Good job!

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post #5 of 14 Old 12-31-2019, 09:05 PM
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Well, isn't he a beauty! You guys look like god partners!
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post #6 of 14 Old 01-02-2020, 02:17 AM Thread Starter
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2020 FIRST ride of the new year

Tonight the boy was a wild man before our ride, but he was a good boy for the ride. no trotting. mostly kicking (me) to get him forward and he didn't react naughty! YAY

I know we have a saddle fit issue so I will be putting my other saddle on tomorrow night in hopes for a better ride, if not my new jump saddle should be getting sent out soon! I got an adjustable saddle so I can adjust as he grows.

Nothing to exciting tonight. Hopefully more this week!

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post #7 of 14 Old 01-02-2020, 12:04 PM
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You guys look great! :) What a handsome boy, too!

Hopefully the new saddle fits better. Even when saddles are adjustable, they don't always workout. But I hope it does! Saddle fit can be a pain in the butt. My mare has big shoulders & high withers.

Adjusting the padding/shims can help too though! Yay for a good ride!

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post #8 of 14 Old 01-02-2020, 12:08 PM
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He is such a pretty boy! Looks to be a good mover too

Restarting a horse like you have done is usually the best way to get the horse you want.
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post #9 of 14 Old 01-02-2020, 03:52 PM
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very nice, solid, capable looking horse and rider pair!
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post #10 of 14 Old 01-02-2020, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! This by far has been the hardest horse to work with as he is so shut down and he goes to fight not flight instinct when pushed to far. Very abused under saddle and not sure why someone would wail on any horses head while on them or around them. He has no confidence. He holds his breath and feels like a tnt exploration at anytime.

Last night was a frustrating time but just had to remind myself to see if from his side and it helped. I wound up getting off three times and lunging or walking next to him cause he simply was getting so stuck with the walking away from the mounting block or after the few few steps from the mounting block. I’m hoping tonight goes better.

I honestly feel this is also to do with my saddle fit issues. And I’m working on that as quick as my wallet allows.

Thank you for the encouragement guys!
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