Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Temple, Georgia, USA 🇺🇸
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.
Have a blessed day!