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post #1 of 79 Old 11-19-2014, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone else not ride theirs?

I just recently got a horse. He had a bucking problem which I later discovered is the result of physical problems.

Maybe I'll ride him someday. Maybe I won't. Maybe we'll go on trail hikes, maybe he'll pull a little cart. Maybe he'll sit in a field all day and occasionally do some groundwork.

I have been working him to increase his topline for comfort, but if I never, ever ride him, whatever. There are plenty of fantastic school ponies I can ride if I really really want a riding lesson for some reason.

He's my first horse and I love spending time with him, scratching behind his ears, walking him around, giving him massages, grooming him, etc...but I haven't been on his back in weeks, and given his previous behavior, I don't know if I ever will again...and I've decided I don't care. I just like spending time with him and it's done WONDERS for my mental well-being.

Does anyone else have a horse that they just kinda don't ride and don't care if they ever do?
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post #2 of 79 Old 11-19-2014, 03:28 PM
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If you're happy and your horse well taken care of, there is nothing wrong with enjoying your horse the way you do....I don't let anyone tell you that you're being unfair to your horse. Now that I'm older and retired, I ride when I feel like, sometimes every day, sometimes once a month, but I would never part with any of our horses even if I stopped riding completely.
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post #3 of 79 Old 11-19-2014, 03:30 PM
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I don't, but I know a few people that do. I'd MUCH rather see someone with an unsound horse spend time doing other things with them rather than riding, and finding other horses to ride if they want to.

A former barn manager from my old barn owns between 6-10 horses (can't remember how many she had at home when I was boarding with her, but she had 6 at our barn) and I can count on one hand the number of times she rode when I boarded with her. The only reason she even rode then was because I begged for a riding buddy One of the six is old and retired, one has navicular, one's unbroke, one's a bucker, and she doesn't try and make excuses for why she doesn't ride the other two. I personally don't understand owning that many horses and not having the desire to ride, but they're her horses and it's her business! As long as the horses are properly cared for then no one can really say anything.
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post #4 of 79 Old 11-19-2014, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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Lmao, well seeing how he gets out for like an hour of groundwork and then an extra hour or two of snuggles and treats like three times a week, I don't see how anyone could see the situation as "unfair"!

He loves his snuggles and stretches and generally I just lunge him/work him in-hand. I'm considering maybe in-hand showing in the spring...can you do that with OTTBs? Because it seems like it would be fun.

We ARE working on building a topline to make him more comfortable, because even if he never gets ridden even once, I want him to be comfortable existing and having muscle to support his injured back will help that.
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post #5 of 79 Old 11-19-2014, 04:05 PM
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I have an almost 27 year old Arabian gelding that is now retired. We used to trail ride ALL of the time, this past winter he lost a ton of weight and muscle so I stopped riding and now that he's picked weight back up I just feel like its time for him to be spoiled after giving me such joy all these years.
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post #6 of 79 Old 11-19-2014, 04:12 PM
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I don't ride very often. I have some confidence issues getting in the saddle (not the "fault" of my horse) and I just can't seem to find a good time. I don't like riding alone and I don't have any friends at my barn except the BO, but I can't expect her to watch me ride. My BF wants me to move my horse to our new house so that I'll ride him more, but it wouldn't be cost effective (it would cost more to feed him than I pay in board and our property isn't set up for horses yet).
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post #7 of 79 Old 11-19-2014, 04:27 PM
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I have a crippled 8 yr old pasture pet,a 33 yr old Tb, a 30+ yr old mustang (great neice/nephew get led around on him 3 -4 times a year) a Fjord that is perm lame, a 20 yr old arab that is not rideable, two older geldings that okay for lite riding , and two draft mixes that are basically green one draft mare that just never got sent to the trainer,as I could not find a trainer i liked. I have some problems so rarely ride . I used to ride all the time .
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post #8 of 79 Old 11-19-2014, 04:31 PM
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Due to an injury I can't really ride my gelding as often as I would like. I just ride him when I can and when my body feels up to it. When he gets ready to retire and/or cannot be ridden anymore he'll still be around. It's whatever works for you and the horse. My boss has several that have not been trained, simply because of timing issues, and some that cannot be rehabed for anything other than a pasture pet.
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post #9 of 79 Old 11-19-2014, 05:15 PM
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I am just a backyard rider, rode regularly and frequently for short times (maybe 3-5 times per week for 45 min to an hour).

Now I've had a new gelding for a few weeks short of a year whom I have not ridden yet.

He was a recently gelded, untrained 6 year old who was a handful of trouble when I got him (for no money).


I have a lot of excuses though LOL.

Last winter was very hard on me injury wise (I'm 60 yrs old).

First I fell backwards over a torpedo heater on the cement and thought I broke my hand, went to the ER over that, and it bothered me longer than any of the subsequent injuries:

Then I fell down the steps at my house-trailer, all of them, it was very bad, I couldn't move and was sick and throwing up for a few days.

Then I was T-boned on the highway, totaled my little old Toyota truck. I was transported to ER for my knee, and spent the winter hobbling around with only one hand.

Also there is no indoor arena and the winter was a doozy. I did manage to get him tame and handling well. By mid-summer ground-driving and thinking nearly ready to get on with it.


Then he was quite off on the RF.

Late Sept took him to Woodland Run, a lameness vet, his tendon down back of FR leg is sore compounded by underrun heels, so he is on limited mobility for 3 months, not stall rest but no work and try to keep quiet.


That will be until Christmas, Vet suggested no weight until spring. He seems to be doing well now, but definitely slipping in training. Now winter is upon us again. 3" of snow and below zero wind chill for a few days now.

So that's my story and I'm sticking to it.


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post #10 of 79 Old 11-19-2014, 05:28 PM
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I dont ride Honey and probably never will. I knew that she was lame and unridable when I adopted her but didnt care, she is my heart horse and I had to be with her! There is just as much stuff you can do on the ground and I kinda prefer ground work. People around here dont get it they see a horse and they think the only use is riding, I have gotten soooo many strange looks when I mention I dont ride. Its nice to know I'm not the only "crazy" person not riding there horse :)
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