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post #1 of 6 Old 07-07-2015, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Getting my horses re-adjusted to riding

Well, this May wind up being a long post, we will see... Anyway, over the winter my Pistol didn't get ridden but maybe 5 times, and then in Feb I had back surgery and couldn't ride at all. Paw rode maybe three times but... Well, needless to say he has went a little crazy over the past few seasons. I am allowed to ride again now, but only on a clam horse, which neither Dixie or Pistol fit at the moment. Then there is Dixie. She had hardly been rode at all in the past few years and now she is not doing that great with it. Supposedly, she could ride in just a halter. Maybe so, because I'm sure she would be 10x worse with a bit and 5x with a hackamore, knowing my Dixie Priss, but anyway, yesterday Paw decided to see what she would do. He saddled her which she didn't fancy at all- she kept prancing about. When he got her saddled, we clipped reins to her halter, hoping the previous owners hadn't lied to us (we couldn't try her out b/c she was extremely skinny) and then after she calmed down with it on, he tried to mount. She kept backing up when he did so. Eventually she stood still like a good girl. We didn't ask her to walk off- that was enough for one day. Well, he was going to take the saddle off of her and put it on Pistol, but Pistol was running around having a bucking fit about this time... Yeah, let's not do that after all. So he got longed. Although he never got on him yesterday I can tell you what would happen- he would be really tense the whole time. I know him well. So what should we do to get them re-adjusted? I want to hire a trainer so Paw doesn't get hurt, but we don't know but one, Pistols previous owner, but she won't reply when we ask her to come out. *sigh* What do you think we should do? Should we keep asking around about a trainer? I just don't want paw to get bucked off and break something.

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-07-2015, 10:30 AM
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I think you and Paw have the right idea about getting these horses back into work gradually and realizing that both of you could be at risk of getting injured. If a trainer is not available perhaps you know of or can find someone who can help you out for the first few rides. I would discuss and have in writing any liability issues regarding someone riding your horses before hand. If these horses lunge that would be great both mentally and physically for them, if not it might be a good time to teach them.
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-07-2015, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, thanks. Pistol is pretty new to lunging but as long as you have a whip for a noisemaker he does ok. Haven't experimented with Dixie on that yet.

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You need to go right back to ground work.Time off for a good minded horse that is well broke, does not matter.
We always rode our broodmares , before putting them into the broodmare band.
When we stopped breeding horses, and I decided to sell those mares, I rode them again,so I could sell them as saddle horses, giving them a better chance at good homes.
All rode fine, with e years of, just a bit rusty
Hubby often doe snot ride his trail horse at all, for the 6 months of winter,and he is fine
In your case, I believe you have two horses that were never really well broke, when they stopped being ridden, and that does matter on green horses
You thus go right back to ground work, and just hopping on them at the moment, will get your Paw hurt.
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I agree with Smilie. These were not well broke to begin with and having too much time off did not do them any favors. There are times when that is unavoidable though so you just go back to the beginning. These are both older horses and may be pretty set in their ways. Find help if you can - sometimes just having someone experienced enough to handle their shenanigans for a few rides can help and start with basic ground work. A horse that is well broke won't forget. Maybe a little rusty, may be one to test you but would be one that settles back down to business quickly. The gems are those that when left out, return to work with a can do attitude and willing nature with no fuss. I have one of my past students that comes out to refresh the ones that are questionable when we first purchase. He has ridden all of his life and he does all of the refreshing on their "finds" before selling or does any basic training for those lacking. Saves these old bones from being dumped though he's only come off of one, once in the years he's been riding for me.
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You need to go right back to ground work.Time off for a good minded horse that is well broke, does not matter.
We always rode our broodmares , before putting them into the broodmare band.
When we stopped breeding horses, and I decided to sell those mares, I rode them again,so I could sell them as saddle horses, giving them a better chance at good homes.
All rode fine, with e years of, just a bit rusty
Hubby often doe snot ride his trail horse at all, for the 6 months of winter,and he is fine
In your case, I believe you have two horses that were never really well broke, when they stopped being ridden, and that does matter on green horses
You thus go right back to ground work, and just hopping on them at the moment, will get your Paw hurt.
Okay... Where should I start with groundwork? Lunging? Leading? What should I do first? I need a little more specific than just groundwork

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