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post #1 of 24 Old 08-30-2015, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Rescue Arabian gelding

Long story short my husband bought his first horse, an 18 year old tb gelding. I have never owned a horse much less ridden more than a few times in my life. I'm 51 years old. So I see this rescue purebred arabian gelding on the Internet he was rescued from kill pen, skin and bones. He's healthy now. We both fell right in love with him. He's estimated to be around 3 or 4. Six hour drive he did fine in the trailer. He has had a saddle on with a rider being led around. Gave him a couple of days in the stable to get acclimated then took him out walked him around he was doing fine until another horse spooked him. He reared, I dropped the halter rope squealed like a little girl. He proceeded to buck and run until my husband was able to get him to walk up to him. Now I know what you all are thinking, because I'm thinking it too. I must be out of my mind to think I could do this. I know I need help (trainer and someone to help break him)
My first question is,
1. Should I wait till he's more acclimated to his new home (a stable about a mile from my house) before I do anything physical with him?
2. Should I just be going over to stable and talk to him and bond?
Any suggestions on help bonding and trust would be GREATLY appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 24 Old 08-30-2015, 11:03 PM
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You need a trainer who can lead you through this. He may have been just neglected, OR, he may have been badly trained, revolted and starved into submission, then sold. He won't and the previous owners won't tell you. He needs TLC, but he needs immediate but kindly total obedience training while you put weight on him. "Corporal" (Arabian, 1982-2009, RIP) who I bid against the meat market as a 4yo, was a skinny piece of alert and good attitude. I broke him in as a 4yo and rode him in his 27th year. He was always a hard keeper, as many Arabians are, and that could be his issue, too.
If your new horse has a temper, when he starts feeling good with more weight, you could have quite a different horse than the one you brought home.
Get some help with this one. =D

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post #3 of 24 Old 08-30-2015, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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He is healthy compared to what he was 3 months ago. I was told he will probably not get a lot bigger than he is now. He looks like a baby in the face.
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post #4 of 24 Old 08-30-2015, 11:56 PM
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Is that picture recent? He still looks a little thin, but it may be the angle.
Many Arabs are very very easy keepers so it's also important that he not get too fat. :) they were bred to survive in the desert and survive on barely edible things. (it's a constant struggle to keep my Arab a reasonable -not fat- weight! He definitely inherited those desert genes. Haha)

I second Corporal's advice about getting help.
I've worked with a number of Arabians (they're my breed of choice) and the adage I heard once about Arabs stands true - be kind, consistent, gain his respect so he'll give you his trust, and he will love you forever.

Absolutely get help from a trainer that likes and works with Arabians. If a trainer tells you anything disparaging about the Arabian breed, run the other way - I just say this because if the trainer hates his breed, it's gonna be hard for him/her to bring out your gelding's potential.

But get help!!
Arabians are wonderful horses, but they can also be some of the most dangerous - imo. They're thinkers and will step up to take a "leadership" role if their human doesn't step up. And usually their idea of leadership isn't nessicarily what a human is gonna love.

That doesn't mean you need to "break his spirit" or anything of that kind, but it does mean he needs to learn that you are his partner and that he needs to be careful of you.
And a knowledgable trainer should be able to help you get to that level safely.

Best of luck! He is a super cute guy.
My gelding had a rough start as well and he definitely had a number of nasty habits I had to work out. I got a run for my money from my gelding and I have a solid amount of training expierence under my belt.

Stay safe!
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post #5 of 24 Old 08-31-2015, 12:01 AM
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If you've hardly ridden a horse, I don't think you should be taking on ownership of one. Especially a young horse like him. If I were you, my number one priority is to get yourself into some riding lessons so you can learn how to handle, care for, and ride a horse.

Second, if you're against selling him, you need to find a trainer to work 1 on 1 with you and him.
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post #6 of 24 Old 08-31-2015, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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Well thanks for the positive comments Roman.
I just love it when people who don't have a clue about me or my life will sit back and give their opinions on whether or not I should own a horse. THIS is the horse I chose, I'm not interested in selling him. I joined this forum to gain knowledge and advice from people who want to help.
If this horse never has a rider on him and I just just get to watch him graze for the rest of his life, give him the love that he deserves then that's ok by me. He was on a trailer headed to Mexico to be clubbed to death and may have ended up in, (maybe your dog's food bowl)?
My husband and I rescue dogs. We have 2 great danes, 3 English pointers a German short hair pointer, a half weenie and half retriever, and our newest rescue who is going Tuesday to get neutered is a pit.
My husband just survived cancer and wants horses in his life. I think the risk of me owning an arabian is nothing compared to what we have been through the last 3 years.
There is plenty of love in our house for a couple of horses too. Thanks for taking the time to try and be negative though.

Thank you to the others that have posted. I will get the help I need for my new boy. God bless.
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post #7 of 24 Old 08-31-2015, 12:58 AM
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Well thanks for the positive comments Roman.
I just love it when people who don't have a clue about me or my life will sit back and give their opinions on whether or not I should own a horse. THIS is the horse I chose, I'm not interested in selling him. I joined this forum to gain knowledge and advice from people who want to help.
If this horse never has a rider on him and I just just get to watch him graze for the rest of his life, give him the love that he deserves then that's ok by me. He was on a trailer headed to Mexico to be clubbed to death and may have ended up in, (maybe your dog's food bowl)?
My husband and I rescue dogs. We have 2 great danes, 3 English pointers a German short hair pointer, a half weenie and half retriever, and our newest rescue who is going Tuesday to get neutered is a pit.
My husband just survived cancer and wants horses in his life. I think the risk of me owning an arabian is nothing compared to what we have been through the last 3 years.
There is plenty of love in our house for a couple of horses too. Thanks for taking the time to try and be negative though.

Thank you to the others that have posted. I will get the help I need for my new boy. God bless.
Roman was not trying to be negative but the fact is you don't sound experienced enough to deal with a younger horse that is rearing and bucking, all of these things can lead to injuries pretty quick.


If you really want to keep him that's fine but get someone to help you atleast understand the horsemanship basics.
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Hi Margie, welcome to the forum : )
You say that you have no horse experience, has your husband spent much time around them and is the horse going to be a shared responsibility or will he be doing the majority of care? Now is a great time for you to read up on basic horse handling, everyone has to start somewhere and the internet is a fantastic tool for this. Until you find yourself a trainer I would just spend time with the horse getting to know him, grooming etc if you are comfortable with this. Do some research on trainers in your area and see if you can get references from other people who have used this person. Good luck and keep us updated!
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To try and answer your question on being with him and bonding, Margie: work with him as much as you can. The more consistently you're around and interacting with him, the quicker you'll start to feel comfortable with each other and learn each others' ways. The more you can hang out with him and study him, the more you will be able to understand how he reacts to things and to start pinpointing specific areas you want to improve in his training.

Now, since you mentioned you're willing to learn and will be getting a trainer in due course, may I mention a few things:

1. Halter - you may find a rope halter is more beneficial as it provides more "bite" (figuratively, not literally) and therefore provides more precise communication with the horse; flat nylon halters are nice but for the exuberant horse, its easy to run through them. If you go with the rope halter, do not leave it on when he's on his own as they don't break and can cause a serious accident if he gets caught on something.

2. Lead line/rope -- I can't really tell from the photo if you have or not but do not wrap the rope around your hand as it can be pulled tight quite quickly and put you in a predicament if he takes off on you unexpectedly. The safest way to carry the extra in your other hand is to make a series of loops and grab them in the middle, squeezing them together while holding them making it a simple case of opening your hand to let go immediately if you need to make a quick exit.

3. Clothing -- kudos for wearing boots. However, you may wish to wear long pants (jeans would work great and I know they'll probably be hot) for the time being. You want long pants to give protection to your legs if there's a bust up of some sort where he strikes or kicks out. You know, for that matter, it probably wouldn't hurt to wear long sleeves for the same reason. You can go back to more casual wear once you've become more solid in your relationship and know when it will be safe to take clothing chances.

Enjoy your time with him and best of luck. Let us know how you two are progressing.
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Well thanks for the positive comments Roman.
I just love it when people who don't have a clue about me or my life will sit back and give their opinions on whether or not I should own a horse. THIS is the horse I chose, I'm not interested in selling him. I joined this forum to gain knowledge and advice from people who want to help.
If this horse never has a rider on him and I just just get to watch him graze for the rest of his life, give him the love that he deserves then that's ok by me. He was on a trailer headed to Mexico to be clubbed to death and may have ended up in, (maybe your dog's food bowl)?
My husband and I rescue dogs. We have 2 great danes, 3 English pointers a German short hair pointer, a half weenie and half retriever, and our newest rescue who is going Tuesday to get neutered is a pit.
My husband just survived cancer and wants horses in his life. I think the risk of me owning an arabian is nothing compared to what we have been through the last 3 years.
There is plenty of love in our house for a couple of horses too. Thanks for taking the time to try and be negative though.


Thank you to the others that have posted. I will get the help I need for my new boy. God bless.
That was quite the rude response, and for being an adult I would figure you'd be more mature. Someone can give a horse all the green grass and smoochie woochies, but it doesn't help his training. There are people (not you) that have boughten horses just cause they're cute, give them the smoochie woochies and the horse turns into a monster because of lack of training because they don't know what to do.

You are inexperienced. You admitted it yourself.

I do not think you are ready to take on a young, hardly broke (or just broke) horse when you don't have the knowledge. Get yourself riding lessons and a trainer.

That will help the horse.
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