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post #11 of 16 Old 08-18-2014, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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Definitely do some groundwork with him first. He might be perfectly fine and not need a refresher but it will help you get to know him and his temperament =)

There are plenty of good groundwork videos out there that you could learn from and use or if you know anyone that would be willing to help out you could do that too.

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Thanks & also do you or anyone have a particular video on groundwork that you'd recommend? Thanks again for all replies. DRJ
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post #12 of 16 Old 08-18-2014, 07:36 PM
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Thanks & also do you or anyone have a particular video on groundwork that you'd recommend? Thanks again for all replies. DRJ
Sure I'll be shot down in flames by some for saying so, but I still think Parelli's '7 Games' vid is great for getting across the concepts to learners effectively.
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Sure I'll be shot down in flames by some for saying so, but I still think Parelli's '7 Games' vid is great for getting across the concepts to learners effectively.
Thanks Loosie.
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post #14 of 16 Old 08-23-2014, 07:17 PM
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I would have someone else ride this horse a few times before you get on. I have seen "seasoned" horses be ridden by beginners or even seasoned riders and horror stories coming out of it. If the horse is that easy to ride, it shouldn't be a problem for them to put a few refresher rides on first for you.
I don't think people realize or remember how physical horseback riding is either. Having been off for a long period of time will make you a lot weaker of a rider than you might first realize

I have no doubt you will really enjoy it, but I strongly suggest to take a more safe approach.
I think this is great advice, watch someone else who has experience ride this horse, it will give you confidence if you see the horse is good for them and should be good for you as well, dont worry about forgetting things, it will come back with time. I would also spend as much time as possible just being around him, grooming him , talking to him, so that he can know you and know you and that you are nice to him. he may test you, would be good on your first ride to have the person who rode for you, with you, to coach you, congratulations for getting back in the saddle
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My advice is too late. But I always have the owner ride 1st to see how the horse is before getting on. Now that we are past that point if you are worried (which the horse may sense) I would hire someone experienced to come ride and evaluate.
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post #16 of 16 Old 08-24-2014, 09:54 AM
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Hi Horse People, I rode horses as a teenager back in the late 60's - early 70's (trail riding- farm) but haven't ridden as an adult so I wouldn't consider myself as an experienced rider. I'm retired now & have just took in a TW that needed pasture & a good home here on the farm. The owner
said the horse was gentle & anyone could ride him (gelding). She also told me he hadn't been ridden in several months but should not be a problem because
he was gentle. I've had him for 2 wks but haven't tried riding him. Any advice from more experienced horse folks on how to go about this situation. He has an old mare as a pasture buddy but we don't ride her.
Thanks for any advice, DRJ
Before I ride a strange horse I always tack them up and leave them to stand tied for about 20 or 30 minutes. Tying teaches them patience, and helps get their mind around what you are doing. While they are tied look for signs of irritation like tail swishing, ears back, stomping their feet, etc. Remember to cinch up in increments.
The next thing I do is work them in some small circles on the ground with a longer lead rope or even using the reins of the bridle, disengaging their hindquarters both ways 3 to 5 times. Praise them if they do well, and if not, do it until they get it. If you can't control their feet from the ground you will have trouble doing it in the saddle.
You can also see if they will give to the bit both laterally and vertically from the ground. If their neck is super stiff you may have issues stopping them. It helps to know what kind of bit they rode in before too. For a first ride I would ride inside a corral if possible.
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