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post #1 of 14 Old 09-16-2016, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Newbies check in and update!

The "new to horses" forum is so quiet lately! Let's check in. Who's new to horses in the last year or two and how's it going?
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post #2 of 14 Old 09-16-2016, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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I will go first since I started this post. :) We bought our OTTB Gatsby last March. It was a bit of a leap o faith, but he's doing really well. We have the support of a great trainer (we board). My son and I both take lessons on him. My son does jumping but I think I'm far enough from the ground as it is and stay on the flat (I'm a 40+ re-rider).

Here are a few pics. Having some grass:


During my son's lesson the other day:
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post #3 of 14 Old 09-16-2016, 07:27 PM
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I'm not new to horses, but wanted to say you have a cute pony ;)
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post #4 of 14 Old 09-17-2016, 10:11 AM
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Been going 9 months strong with Zoe, my arabian mare- not only new to horse ownership- but brand spankin' new to mare ownership, which I think at times is a whole other challenge. ;)

We were off to a rocky start- took her a bit longer to adjust and for me to adjust to her, you know, she isn't the quarter horse lesson horse after all. I suddenly was faced with things I didn't expect- a kicky horse, walking all over on the cross ties... At one point I questioned if she was too much horse for me, but I laid out a plan. I did say if she is always going to be kicky, I don't think I can handle that.

Well, thanks to advise here and me reading up, solved the kicky issue, she is much calmer and relaxed with me...started riding more, but had issues- like couldn't get her to, of all the problems. Kept at it, now we are both doing better riding. Right now, I am currently working on posting comfortably at the trot. I know how to post and all that, its just her trot is different than the lesson horse and since I had a longish break from trotting, got to get better with her. It will come. Each time I ride it gets better.

As someone else mentioned t me, this horse will teach me a lot about riding! She also will teach me a lot about horses

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post #5 of 14 Old 09-19-2016, 07:58 AM Thread Starter
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Edf you look great together! Glad to hear such a positive update. It's so rewarding when you can work through one of your horse's issues.
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post #6 of 14 Old 09-19-2016, 09:37 AM
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Great thread! You all look great :)

I'm 53, always adored horses as a kid but my horse time was limited to the occasional trail ride. I met a new friend when I was 49 who owned several horses, including a wonderful old mare who handled like a dream and taught me the difference between sitting on a trail horse and 'riding'. Her arthritis finally forced retirement, so my friend and I hatched the plan that I needed my own horse (Yay!!) and would board at her place. Bought my first horse in February of 2015. Unfortunately she had a bag of tricks.... I learned that "ridden by 9-year-olds" isn't always a good thing so she and I 'broke up'.

Anyway, February of '16 I bought my heart horse and I'm crazy about her! It took me about 3 months to finally 'trust' her (I kept expecting something terrible to pop up, but it never did). I began to find out just how softly she had been started and trained, and how many buttons and trained behaviors she has - as well as a willing temperament. It's so fun to read about something in a book and then 'play around' with the cue until I stumble onto how she was trained. She's a wonderful teacher. She forces me to stay alert (she is a horse, after all - and has a mind), so I'm constantly learning from my mistakes but fortunately she rewards ME quickly when I 'get it right'.... And it seems I've earned her trust and (most of the time) respect (new to horses, I'm always working on and cognizant of that). I often wonder who is training whom ?? OK, enough gushing - here's my girl... I need to get better pictures...
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post #7 of 14 Old 09-20-2016, 01:02 AM
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@Jan1975 Yay! I feel like we're having a reunion! I love seeing the pictures of your son with Gatsby, they're such a cute pair :)

@edf We both seem to be having similar learning situations with our Arabs. Mine isn't kicky, but he is "pully". Like you, I recently questioned if he was too much horse for me, but decided to make a plan and stick with it, which is training not just him, but me as well.

@Folly What a lovely mare! She seems like a wonderful "first" horse.

So to keep it short, it's definitely been a journey with me and Bear. I got him November 25th, 2015. He was a gift from my SO, his mother bred him and raised him and had him most of his life, but hasn't owned him for the past several years. She was unhappy with the last owners he had, so when I told my SO I was on the search for a horse (an an arab at that), they got Bear from the living situation he was in, and for the cost of shipping, he was mine.

He's definitely a lot of horse and is challenging, but he is smart and sweet, and as a result of being smart INCREDIBLY stubborn. I'm lucky that with training lately he seems to be willing to learn, and I'm approaching the next issue to tackle, which is him pulling back when tied. This is the one issue he has that I've been teetering around because it intimidates me, however I've recently discovered a way to help control him better when he does pull, and have found it's VERY similar to a method I recently learned about that is a safe and fair way of teaching a horse to stop and come forward when they pull their head back and feel heavy poll pressure. He has become a very confident trail horse, but he's very forward and I need to work on that. Recently switched him from a french link snaffle to a flower hackamore and he's been much more supple. Practicing a lot of leg work. My SO's mom said she thinks he and I would benefit from doing a little dressage, so that is something I'd like to focus on once I get him through some of his issues. My ultimate goal with him is to do endurance riding, but I am putting that off until I get everything else ironed out.

One of the few pictures I've taken of him without my iPhone camera:

And a picture from the other day :)
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post #8 of 14 Old 09-20-2016, 09:21 AM
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Awwww I'm loving all the pictures guys! :)
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post #9 of 14 Old 09-20-2016, 11:22 AM
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Awesome thread! Okay so I do not own a horse, but have started working around them consistently over the last year. I ride a very handsome blind QH with paint markings (so I just call him a paint to save oxygen, lol). He's extremely smart and can be a challenge, but I love him so much and even though he belongs to a friend of mine I enjoy spending as much time with him as possible.

In addition, being the best balance of willing and challenging has made him the perfect learning partner, because right as he's beginning to test the limits of my patience and persistence on an issue, we'll have a breakthrough and then a span of time where we're over the moon doing so well! He makes me enjoy my time with horses all the more, even after he frustrates me to no end, lol.

Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of my boy on this computer, but he's posted all over the place here. I'll try to post some later, in the mean time use my profile pic for reference, lol.
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post #10 of 14 Old 09-20-2016, 11:32 AM
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I wonder if we shouldn't start a thread where folks who were really, really helped by information and support from other Horseforumers could post their stories; from despair to delight, or "horse forum saved my bacon" or "horse forum rescued me " or ?
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