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post #11 of 19 Old 07-22-2015, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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Put on by the previous owner for his grandkids,not me,I have rode all my life,had a couple mild strokes and just revamping my good ole days and re learning but saddling a horse I find is very simple,Thanks for all the great info,,a Pre exam is really great!! Larry
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post #12 of 19 Old 08-13-2015, 09:48 AM
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Congratulations!!!

Hey, Larry! Saw the photos of you and your new mare with the horse trailer in the margin of my page, so it looks like you got your lovely mare.

CONGRATS to you and to her. May you have many long, happy years together! She looks like a very sweet girl . . . and, of course, we all know that "Blondes have more fun," so she'll be bringing some good fun into your life.

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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.
With a horse that has been idle or not worked much I would definitely give them some time to settle in. There is plenty to do with the everyday care of grooming, turn out, etc., that will help her settle in and is training in itself. Any major problems you come across might require some concentrated training, but the lesser problems can be corrected gradually every time you handle her. Since you have had surgery and should ease yourself back into riding when you are ready, it might be a good idea to find someone to help you with the riding part in the beginning. Good luck and keep us posted.
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post #14 of 19 Old 08-14-2015, 06:54 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Hollysjubilee!!!

Yea she is such a very smart animal,she is gentle all the way to her heart,I give her a hands on rub down everyday,what better way can you get close to a horses heart other than that!! I rally have got a great bond with her!!,,yea now I like blonds,,lol


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Yea Thank you TexTan,,I enjoy reading your post!!!

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Larry, can you check the wheel bearings on the trailer? That can be a pricey fix even if you do the work. Do have another adult ride the mare. My arab was absolutely precious with kids but had an issue with adults for a long time.



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How would I start out with a new horse? Grab a comfy chair and some interesting reading and join the horse. Perhaps put a pile of hay nearby. Horses know when our focus is elsewhere and will often come check us out. Don't touch the horse or talk to it. If you feel crowded, move your chair a bit. Time spent like this tells the horse so much about you.



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I imagine that the horse was started and ridden by an adult, before the time off
Personally, I would have ridden her first, before buying her, even if going back to ground work for awhile afterwards
Oops, sorry, I did intend to say congrats and welcome, first!
I would spend some time grooming her and just generally getting a feel of her ground manners. Do you know how much riding she had, in those years,versus time off?. In other words, was she going fairly well, or was she just started and then left?
If a horse is well broke, time off really is not a big issue. Since I rode all of the mares first, that we put in our breeding program, they were broke, before having foals.
When I decided to stop raising young horses, due to several factors, including getting older and needing double knee replacements, thus seemed it was time to stop starting colts, I just rode those mares again,after they had several years as broodmares and sold them as riding horses. Other than being a bit rusty, they were fine.
Could you have a friend get on her, and just evaluate her for you? Maybe she needs ground work, and maybe she would be better off just being ridden, after she settles in a bit
I see the saddle issue has also been addressed, and understand that it was not under your control. It does show how a breast collar, added to saddle set too far forward, locks that saddle into that position, so it can't find 'the pocket'
Good luck with your new horse!
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Far as horses needing a lot of time to settle in, that is not necessarily so.
My son started outside young horses, and not only did they need to settle in, but be riding at all three gaits in a month. They thus had a day to settle in, the training was started
Not saying to rush anything, but this horse already has had lots of time off, and I would start getting her back in a working frame of mind, even if that was just lunging her saddled and bitted up for a few days first
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