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post #1 of 9 Old 06-06-2016, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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Red face First time horse owner.

Just a little about me and mine, just took ownership of a 12 yo registered paint that has been nursing her foal for the last five years. No problems as she is drying up well since separating the two but Gracie is a very spoiled horse and only does what she wants and when she wants. I am 64 (in a few days) and see I have some very basic ground work to do to even get any respect with her. I hope to get her to the tack store to get a fitting saddle so I can enjoy riding her on the trails here in Eastern NC. I also, now, have a 4 horse bumper pull trailer I am upgrading to get more out of it than what was previously expected from the past owners. It's a Adam livestock trailer and seems to be a good trailer.so, I am getting a late start in the world of horses and really want to get the basics of it all down good. I hope all have a blessed day today. Kevin.
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Wait, she's been nursing the same foal for 5 years? Or she's been a broodmare for 5 years? Anyway welcome to the forum!
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post #3 of 9 Old 06-06-2016, 02:52 PM
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Welcome to the forum. Has she been ridden at all recently? If not, you may definitely want to start out with a trainer's help for the first few rides as well as regular groundwork. I wouldn't ride her period until she is responding well and respecting you in groundwork.
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post #4 of 9 Old 06-06-2016, 03:55 PM
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Be the boss. Many new to or getting into horses as adults folks are worried about hurting their horse or being too mean. You need to realize your mare is a 1000# several foot tall critter with some thick skin and she could crush you if she wanted to. If you do not command respect from your mare as soon as possible, you will be fighting for it for the rest of your relationship.


Not knowing exactly what she's doing, it's hard to give proper advice. If she's crowding you, carry a crop and give her a tap increasing to a swat if she gets too close. If she's trying to rush, a tap to a swat on her chest will tell her to stay with you. If you have someone to help and instruct, you might want to try a chain over her nose, wrapped around the halter's nose strap. Repetition and consistency are going to be key--you can do it!
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post #5 of 9 Old 06-06-2016, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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She's been nursing the same foal for 5 years.
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This mare has been almost a pet for the last 5 years and doesn't seem to want to do much after about an hour of work but that could be my learning curve being new at it.
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Probably she lacks the fitness to do much work just yet. Not to mention her attention span. An hour is really plenty especially in the beginning. If you have the ability to do several 20-minute sessions throughout the day rather than one long session, even better. You'll notice a lot of learning happens after you leave her alone and she has time to think about it.
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Probably she lacks the fitness to do much work just yet. Not to mention her attention span. An hour is really plenty especially in the beginning. If you have the ability to do several 20-minute sessions throughout the day rather than one long session, even better. You'll notice a lot of learning happens after you leave her alone and she has time to think about it.
Hmmm, makes sense, thank you.
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post #9 of 9 Old 06-07-2016, 10:40 AM
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She's been nursing the same foal for 5 years.
Like a 5-year-old adult horse? I cannot wrap my head around this.
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