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post #1 of 7 Old 05-27-2015, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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My friend got this horse when she bought a farm, it was left there. She's a 16 year old paso fino mare who used to be a show horse, but because a rider who was overweight ruined her back by constantly riding her, the horse was not ridden for 8 years.so my friend wants to ride her, but she is a beginner rider.
The horse, doesn't like its ears being touched. Not sure if this horse rides western or English.....she has been very skittish. Any advice on how to see if she will even have a saddle on her again, or will continue to be a pasture pet. Thanks
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-27-2015, 08:45 PM
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I doubt a heavy rider ruined her back. More likely it was an ill fitting saddle, made worse with a heavy rider. Many, I've seen many horses wrecked by poor fitting saddles, never seen one wrecked from purely a heavy rider.

If you're unsure whether she is up for riding get out a specialist, there are plenty of horse back specialists including body workers and chiropractors.

If neither of you are experienced the best thing to do is send the horse away for training.

When you do start riding make sure you get a correctly fitted saddle.
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post #3 of 7 Old 05-28-2015, 10:57 AM
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I agree that an ill fitting saddle was probably why this horse had back issues originally. You do need a professional's opinion on this horse's soundness and experienced help getting her back into work if she is sound. We were all inexperienced beginners at one time and I think it's important to know our limitations and when we need help. She may or may not have always been skittish but after eight years of probably not being handled much at all and now a new owner, it is not surprising. This is something your friend can work on now by regular handling (leading, grooming) for short periods. English or western doesn't matter if the horse was well broke at one time.
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post #4 of 7 Old 05-28-2015, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your suggestions
I will let her know
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-29-2015, 08:58 AM
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I'm not sure its a good idea for a beginner rider to make an attempt to ride a "very skittish" horse that hasn't been ridden in 8 years. This horse needs to be examined by a vet, then slowly brought back by an intermediate rider.
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-31-2015, 05:36 AM
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Agree with getting a pro involved first & foremost. If the horse hasn't had any rehab work from her 'bad back', I'd find her a bodywork professional, like a veterinary chiropractor or such, along with a pro trainer/instructor. Agree though, that a green, skittish horse is probably not the best choice for a beginner rider, though a trainer that gets to know the horse & your friend may decide it's an OK match.

Agree that it's probable there were other 'mitigating factors' with the back issues, and saddle fit is a big and extremely common problem, but too heavy riders can indeed, absolutely cause injury to horses. Especially if average riding skill &/or riding hard or long, &/or on an immature horse. I think saying too heavy riders don't hurt horses is a bit of a pipe dream, so people don't feel too guilty as our(collective) weight goes up & we still want 'normal' horses, rather than bigger or drafts...
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post #7 of 7 Old 05-31-2015, 07:45 AM
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Definitely let a trainer assess the horse and a chiro.
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