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post #11 of 18 Old 03-11-2015, 11:39 PM
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Congratulations - your first horse! I too just got my first horse at 51 yrs. old. I have ridden off and on for years, but never owned my own. Tomorrow is one month! I too have had moments of being overwhelmed and not knowing what to do. I am quickly realizing that I need to be patient and that it takes time to learn everything. This forum has been great - I have asked so many questions and get such great information. Good luck and enjoy.
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post #12 of 18 Old 03-13-2015, 08:39 PM
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I had to rehab a very malnourished horse back to health last summer and my advice is to cut out all riding and roundpen work at this point. It looks like Rowdy is starting about where my guy did. I made the mistake of jumping the gun into training (even just the ground work) too early and it really slowed his weight gain for the first few months. The pasture he is in in the pictures looks perfect. I would suggest free feeding medium quality grass hay with 24/7 turnout (or as close as you can get) so he can exercise himself as he sees fit. Then of course there are all the options for ration balancers (which I highly recommend), grains, supplements, and so on and so forth, but given your nutrition class I'm sure you're covered there. I would not recommend any training at all, beyond what is necessary for your safety such as basic leading, food aggressiveness, etc, until you are barely able to see his ribs any more. It will seem like a really long time, but, in the end, it will actually save you time because you will be able to progress faster in your training. Faster is not always faster in these situations.
Rowdy is a lucky boy. It looks like he found a soft landing. I can't wait to see him with some more meat on his bones.
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post #13 of 18 Old 03-13-2015, 08:53 PM
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I new to horse ownership as well but it is a good thing you took him. There is someone at the ranch I board with that has followed the Cliton Anderson groundwork videos. She has a QH and he is amazing. I am impressed at what she can do with him just on the ground which is where respect is created. You may want to get them just to give you something to follow since you have no one around to help. There are lots of training videos I am sure that are great for people who need a system of training. This is just something I have seen first hand and it all makes sense. Ground work him and take lessons on your own to gain more experience while he fattens up and builds more muscle.

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post #14 of 18 Old 03-13-2015, 10:02 PM
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CA does have some good ideas, but it isn't a good idea to depend solely on a mass produced cookie cutter program like that for all of your training knowledge. All of those "prepackaged programs" have holes. Don't get me wrong, I do occasionally use some of his techniques, but it is good to learn from more than one source. I like to think that I can learn at least one thing from every trainer, be they in my discipline or not.
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post #15 of 18 Old 03-13-2015, 10:15 PM
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Sarah, you're doing great. Keep learning about nutrition. Just remember that all things apply differently to different horses. My belief is that they all metabolize differently.

As far as working, I'd stick with just nice walks for right now.. Nothing like good circulation.
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post #16 of 18 Old 03-13-2015, 10:47 PM
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Not to get too personal but Marines + NC....My daughter and her husband are in Wilmington, he is stationed in Jacksonville.

She and her mother in law have a good trainer-instructor they have been working with for about 3 years now. If you are nearby I could probably get the instructor's name and number to you via PM if you would be interested.

Not saying you are doing a bad job, I just know how nice it is to have a person to call up if you have questions.
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post #17 of 18 Old 03-14-2015, 01:32 AM
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CA does have some good ideas, but it isn't a good idea to depend solely on a mass produced cookie cutter program like that for all of your training knowledge. All of those "prepackaged programs" have holes. Don't get me wrong, I do occasionally use some of his techniques, but it is good to learn from more than one source. I like to think that I can learn at least one thing from every trainer, be they in my discipline or not.
I agree however if you have no prior horsey skills, the "cookie cutter" programs are great. As I have already said, if you bothered to read my post, LBM, that any groundwork training system is good to learn from. People that are skilled can pick and choose what works for them. It is better than allowing the horse to be a nasty little brat with no method of retraining, get frustrated, and giving up. That is just the sort of horse that you find in quantity at the kill buyer auctions. I know- I bought 2 of them.
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post #18 of 18 Old 03-14-2015, 06:31 PM
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Can we see a current picture of the cute horse without a blanket on? One thing that I have learned is that you do not want the horse to associate pain with being ridden. If she is underweight or out of shape you want to wait until she is in good condition before trying to ride. Same goes with other forms of training where you are asking her to move out. Wait until she is in good condition. She looks like she has a very nice large area to move about in as she pleases and that is great. If it was me, I would wait on anything stressful until she is a happy well adjusted healthy horse who has had feet done and vet check etc.

Just my opinion and what I have experienced. Some of these horses can really fool you into thinking all is well in them and it isn't. I think it takes time for them to adjust and it hurts for a horse to be that thin. She needs to get comfortable physical and mental, then explore the many trainers etc that are out there.

It is great you rescued this horse. I rescued my first horse as well. But I made so many mistakes and caused the majority of the problems I have had with her, and I have had allot. I wouldn't trade her for anything in the world but it hasn't been easy either. I just don't want to see you make the same mistakes as I did if it can be avoided.

Good luck.
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