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post #11 of 26 Old 03-09-2017, 09:06 PM
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When I bring a new horse in, and not for rehab, I tend to ride. But it sounds like the one you're getting hasn't been ridden for a while and you want to take it slower. Nothing wrong with that.

The slickest thing I did to bring a horse in was when I got one that was all business if he had a job, and a bully if he didn't. Bringing him to my bunch I saddled him when I picked him up and hauled him saddled. Got him out and stepped on and checked the fences that didn't need checking. Checked the neighbors fences and studied the nearby road ways, too.

When I got him back to the pasture, he wasn't super fresh and had it in his mind he was there to work. Never had a problem with his herd manners.
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post #12 of 26 Old 03-10-2017, 02:22 AM
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I ride them the day they arrive.

If you go to a show you do not give them two or three days to 'settle in
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If they had a long trailer ride and it was later in the day I might wait to ride until the next day. Other than that I gave them and hour or two to get their land legs back, drink and explore a little and then I rode them. It's been a long time since I actually bought a saddle horse though most of the herd I have now I raised.

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I know some people say jump on right away and others say give her time, but honestly, I think it largely depends on the horse and the rider. Given that she's been sitting around for a while, I would give her some time. Like two weeks. And be prepared for surprises. She may be out of sorts at first.

I would just do lots of things with her on the ground at first so you can get to know each other. If she hasn't been ridden in a long time and you get right on her, she may decide that she's not really a fan of you. You want her to have a positive association with you being around her. That's my two cents anyway. My mare was supposed to be 100% bombproof, but when I got on her, she spooked badly twice and I went flying. We were off to a pretty rough start. Take your time, work with a horse trainer to give her a refresher if you can.
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post #15 of 26 Old 03-10-2017, 11:23 AM
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Really, you can do what you like. Neither option is wrong, but, as others say, is horse dependent and rider-skill dependent. If it gets to a point you feel it is moving too fast for horse or rider (or both) you can dial it down. But you can just not ride, too. Your choice.

If it were me, for this partiuclar horse with the description given, I would ride the first day. But not much. I'd spend time getting her ready - really do a nice slow grooming session so she feels good & relaxed. Get on and see what she knows - but go slow and easy so she does not get out of the relaxed state, lots of stops and sitting and petting; maybe do about 15-30 minutes of slow work and see what her gaits are. Then I'd do a long slow cool down/grooming session and put her up with a snack. Make the entire experience something she'd look forward to.
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post #16 of 26 Old 03-10-2017, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, Thanks for all the advice on both sides of the question. I haven't ridden in a while myself (my gelding was retired) and she hasn't been ridden in a while. So I think slow is better. I will ride her in the afternoon after an hour trailer ride in the morning. I'll let her settle in a little. Give her a long grooming and a short ride. Not a good picture. I'll get another.
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post #17 of 26 Old 03-10-2017, 09:32 PM
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Yes, do get more pics! She looks very pretty, if a little on the chubby side? Perhaps a little out of shape from being a pasture ornament? But a lovely body and neck, at least from what I can tell from the odd angle.
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post #18 of 26 Old 03-10-2017, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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I hope these pics upload properly. She is out of shape and chubby but built like a tank, She has a sweet, pretty head and a nice disposition,
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post #19 of 26 Old 03-11-2017, 07:48 PM
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Oh my, she really is built like a tank, and definitely needs to shed a few pounds! I like the look in her eyes though. She looks sweet. Congrats!
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First ride was a success! We just walked around with some turns and stops. Lacey was responsive and nice and bendy. She was a little distracted by the horses a few fields over and didn't give me all her attention We didn't ride for long because I wanted to keep it positive and on the down-low. Yippee!
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