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post #1 of 4 Old 03-14-2015, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys, haven't been on here in awhile! Anyways, my farrier gave me a very large, 20 year old snowcap roan-ish foundation bred appaloosa mare as a companion for my arabian. She's in excellent health, other than genetic poor vision at night, and being a bit overweight. She was in need of a new home, as her last owner was too old to care for her. She's extremely gentle and well mannered, UPTD on all vet work. However, no one knows if she's broke or not. The previous owner claimed her grandkids sat on her in the pasture, but that's all I know. Is it ok to test her out with a saddle? Is she to old? My Arab is 21, but he's always been ridden even tho he's a bit if a challenge. I Ride both English and western, if that info helps.
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If unknown, best to start at ground zero. If there is trouble, get a trainer. Treat her as greenbroke until she proves otherwise. Try sacking out first. (e.g. Will she accept a pad/blanket? A saddle? A girth/cinch loosely attached?) If these stay on, this is a positive first step. Otherwise, seek help if you are not able to re-start a horse.
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If unknown, best to start at ground zero. If there is trouble, get a trainer. Treat her as greenbroke until she proves otherwise. Try sacking out first. (e.g. Will she accept a pad/blanket? A saddle? A girth/cinch loosely attached?) If these stay on, this is a positive first step. Otherwise, seek help if you are not able to re-start a horse.
Good advice. Your mare may actually be very well broke to ride but any horse that has had a long period off should get a refresher course starting with the basics. What she knows will come back to her quickly and you will find out if anything was left out of her original training. It will also be a good way for her mentally to get back into work. Good luck.
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Thanks guys! That's what I was planning to do. I had to completely start my other horse over to get him reasonably safe to ride and handle his aggression, so I think she'll be much easier to work with.
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