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post #1 of 19 Old 07-21-2015, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
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How Would You Start Out With A New Horse

I am fixing to buy a 6 yr old mare and she hasn't been rode in a little while.The kids of the owner now rode her and she is very gentle.I thought about just putting her on a long rope and trotting her in circles,and working on her respect toward me and us getting one on one before even riding her.I have rode all my life but it has been a little while since riding.Grew up on the farm,raised horses and etc.I plan on spending lots of time getting to know her and check her out.The owner says she doesn't have any issues and is a very easy going Mare.She never has had a colt yet either!! Larry




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Firstly, she's very cute and congrats on the new purchase :)
I think lunging and ground work is a great place to start, so you can see how she respects you/your space/cues/etcetera. Are you working with a trainer, or is it just you?

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I also agree on starting out with ground work and lunging before you start riding. That will help establish respect as well as a foundation of trust between you, which will help to carry over into your riding.

One of the things that I notice about horses ridden mainly by children is that they often need refining in respect and acceptance of cues when ridden by an adult. Children are not typically demanding riders, so an adult asking for more and better performance can lead to resistance. She may or may not have that problem, but it is something to look out for in a developing relationship with a horse.

All in all, be consistent with your cues, clear and immediate in your releases and heavy in your praise when she does something right. She needs to develop routine and get used to working with you as a team, and she is figuring out what you will and will not accept from her at this time.

Keep your expectations for her manners high. It’s OK for her to be nervous and unsure, but it’s not OK for her to forget respect or manners.
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From your post I am assuming that you haven't bought her yet, she looks and sounds like a nice horse but I would want to spend a little time with her before buying. I would want to see her ridden first and then if I am comfortable with that would ride her myself as I would want to know how she goes before the purchase.
If you could have a week or so to spend working with her, ground work and then riding it would be good as you have less chance of unpleasant surprises when you get her home.
One horse that I bought, I paid for a 2 week lease on him, and spent some time with him as he hadn't been ridden for a couple of years and by doing this I had a chance to evaluate him before purchase. I did buy him and the lease money went toward the purchase price but if I hadn't bought him they kept the lease money and had their horse schooled and ridden for 2 weeks.
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P.S. If a horse is broke to ride then I ride them right away, along with ground work to see how she goes. I like to start out with a new horse as I mean to continue. I know a lot of people like to give a horse time to get settled into their new home and not ride or work them too much at first. I think it's a little unfair to let a horse settle and once they are comfortable with the new routine to go and change it all on them. JMO
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[QUOTE=Larry82052;7759938]I am fixing to buy a 6 yr old mare and she hasn't been rode in a little while.The kids of the owner now rode her and she is very gentle.I thought about just putting her on a long rope and trotting her in circles,and working on her respect toward me and us getting one on one before even riding her.I have rode all my life but it has been a little while since riding.Grew up on the farm,raised horses and etc.I plan on spending lots of time getting to know her and check her out.The owner says she doesn't have any issues and is a very easy going Mare.She never has had a colt yet either!! Larry[\QUOTE]

Larry, she sounds like a nice mare. In the photo, her saddle looks too far forward and it tips back, so if you get her, be sure you study up on saddle fit and make sure the saddle is in the right place on her before you start riding her regularly. You'll both be more comfortable and balanced.

What I have found when bringing a new horse in, with MOST horses, they need some time to settle into a new routine, sounds, new friends, pasture, etc. I'd spend time with her . . . sitting with her while she grazed, grooming her, just hanging around her in an easy way. Leading her around the property, letting her graze here and there as you go along, walk her down to meet the neighbors, etc.

Having a knowledgeable person around when you take your first ride is a good idea . . . and going out to ride with a friend since you are restarting your life with horses. It takes awhile for us to get our muscle memory back when we haven't practiced using certain muscles for awhile . . . and balance, too, so take time and be safe.

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Smile Thank all yall,

Yea the owner of her now had the saddle set way to forward I noticed for the grand kids.Yea I appreciate the nice responses and compliments.He has a Horse trailer also for $600 and its in great condition,but the floor I will really inspect,yea he said I was more than welcome to ride her and all.However I have had some serious surgery so it may be a while before I can ride,maybe October.But yea I will watch someone ride her and she how she handles,can't wait just to work with her!!! Larry
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I am fixing to buy a 6 yr old mare and she hasn't been rode in a little while.The kids of the owner now rode her and she is very gentle.I thought about just putting her on a long rope and trotting her in circles,and working on her respect toward me and us getting one on one before even riding her.I have rode all my life but it has been a little while since riding.Grew up on the farm,raised horses and etc.I plan on spending lots of time getting to know her and check her out.The owner says she doesn't have any issues and is a very easy going Mare.She never has had a colt yet either!! Larry[\QUOTE]

Larry, she sounds like a nice mare. In the photo, her saddle looks too far forward and it tips back, so if you get her, be sure you study up on saddle fit and make sure the saddle is in the right place on her before you start riding her regularly. You'll both be more comfortable and balanced.

What I have found when bringing a new horse in, with MOST horses, they need some time to settle into a new routine, sounds, new friends, pasture, etc. I'd spend time with her . . . sitting with her while she grazed, grooming her, just hanging around her in an easy way. Leading her around the property, letting her graze here and there as you go along, walk her down to meet the neighbors, etc.

Having a knowledgeable person around when you take your first ride is a good idea . . . and going out to ride with a friend since you are restarting your life with horses. It takes awhile for us to get our muscle memory back when we haven't practiced using certain muscles for awhile . . . and balance, too, so take time and be safe.
^^^^^This. Well said
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I have my own personal policy of not buying a horse I can't ride first. Groundwork is good, but in many cases it should complement riding not replace it.

As nice as she might be I would wait until you can ride and then go looking for a horse to buy you can ride straight up. Some horses you just don't mesh with.
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If you are uncertain of what to do with a green horse you may want to reconsider this purchase & consider a seasoned horse you can enjoy and ride with confidence. Horse do not always remain good riding horses if they are not schooled on a regular basis. If they are allowed extended time off they can sometime require some re-training.

Any horse brought to me goes through a pre-flight check list before I get on them regardless of what training I am told they have. A few of the things I look for are;
1) They must stand to be saddled/tacked.
2) They must show me they can carry a saddle at all gaits (walk, trot, canter) with no bucking or anxiety.
3) I check to see if they respond to direct rein bit pressure laterally and will back up from bit pressure or whatever type head gear you are using.

If they pass these steps and sometime a few other checks I will then put my foot in the stirrup and throw my leg across. If they stand quiet I may ask for forward movement. They horse will tell you if they are ready.

Best of luck
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Please get a pre-purchase exam done on her. It will be money well spent.
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