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post #1 of 17 Old 11-02-2014, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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Taking on a challenge Named Honey.

Hello all
My name is Dani. I have been presented with an opportunity that has a long list of pros and cons. Here is a little back ground./
I was raised very country but never around horses. I love them and i am comfortable around them but inexperienced. I work for a great company that provides an amazing opportunity to their employees and their horses through a horse club. They have a huge pasture and a herd of at least 30 horses with endless trails to ride on. Through the club everyone looks out for everyone but i am relatively new to the campus. The doctor i work for has 3 horses, 2 of which are at the pasture and one he boards. In the club you are only allowed to have 2 horses and he would like to have all 3 up there. Here is where i was presented with the opportunity... he offered me the horse said she would be all mine if i just kept her at the pasture with the other horses. Honey a 15 year old painted quarter horse, she is very sweet to me and said he would still be there to help train me and help with any vet expenses and such, if i would spend the time with her that she needs and ride her. The horse is well mannered and good with the other horses but he has had a lot of difficulty with her in riding. She just stands there. When she is riding with other horses she will follow but never lead and if alone she will not move! He has gotten into the habit of using a crop on her and I have seen him get her going a little but not much. I feel like I have enough patients to sit on her day after day and work with her but at 15 years old am I wasting my time? i have watched video after video after video about horses not moving and how to work them. A few members said they would be willing to help but i will have my hands full as she does not listen. Any advise wold be greatly appreciated!

Thank you so much Dani
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post #2 of 17 Old 11-02-2014, 08:25 PM
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Barring any physical issues it sounds like she is just spoiled. Her age wouldn't be an issue for me. It will take time, patience and perseverance to get her moving. It's good you have more experienced people to help you. What has always worked for me is to let them follow another horse at first if that's what it takes to get them moving and then as you get more used to each other ask and expect more from the horse.

Some examples would be if you are riding in the arena put her behind another horse the first few times. Next step would be to have another horse in the arena with you but one of you travels clockwise, the other counter clockwise. Both of you comfortable with that then you stay at one end of the arena while the other person stays at the other end. Then it's time to get her going by herself. On the trail the steps would be follow, then in places where the trail divides to go around a tree or muddy patch ask her to take the one the lead horse didn't take. You'll find other places like what I'm talking about when you're out there and just take advantage of them. Put her in the lead at the tail end of the ride when the barn is in sight. Eventually play leap frog with the other horses your riding with. This method may take longer than others but it's pretty stress free for horse and rider.

Only you can decide if you have the desire within you to put the time and money into horse ownership. Then you have to decide if you have the patience to work with a horse that needs training or if you only want one that is problem free. It doesn't sound in your description as if she has any serious vices that are dangerous but if she does then you should pass on the opportunity.
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post #3 of 17 Old 11-02-2014, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Wonderful advise thank you so much !!
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post #4 of 17 Old 11-02-2014, 08:35 PM
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So............he wants you to train his horse for free? And if you get hurt.......?
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post #5 of 17 Old 11-02-2014, 08:37 PM
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Your welcome. Keep us posted on what you decide to do. And welcome to the forum!
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post #6 of 17 Old 11-02-2014, 08:46 PM
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If he is giving her to you, get it in writing and have her papers (if she has any signed over to you). Also get in writing what he is going to pay for and for how long and what you'll be responsible for.

Could you have an experienced trainer work with her for a couple of months and then train you how to ride her? That would be best IMHO.
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post #7 of 17 Old 11-02-2014, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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In response to "squirrel food" lol love the name. I will not be training his horse. It will be mine. In the instance I get hurt it will be the same as any horse owner or just as if I got hurt riding our motorcycle or driving my car lol its all mine so its my insurance. I will own the horse if I decide to take her. He loves her and does not want to let her go but he is only allowed 2 horses, so if I take her he can still see her and ride with her. He is willing to help me with her due to how much he will be saving by having both his horses at the pasture.
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post #8 of 17 Old 11-02-2014, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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If he is giving her to you, get it in writing and have her papers (if she has any signed over to you). Also get in writing what he is going to pay for and for how long and what you'll be responsible for.

Could you have an experienced trainer work with her for a couple of months and then train you how to ride her? That would be best IMHO.

Yes thank you i am supposed to get her papers on Tuesday at our member meeting if i decide to take her. and we have been communicating about how she will be taken care of over email so I do have it all in black and white. not that i have any reason to doubt him but better safe then sorry.

I do work on a secure closed campus so it is hard trying to get anyone that is not approved on the campus but i have considered taking her to a trainer if i am not able to make any progress with her this year.
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post #9 of 17 Old 11-02-2014, 09:00 PM
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So............he wants you to train his horse for free? And if you get hurt.......?
And he gets to use the horse for free - no feed bills, no vet bills, no board bills. Plus he gets help from the owner and other members. Sounds like a heck of a good deal to me!

Dwolfe -- I'd go for it and ask lots of people a lot of questions and read a lot. You will get a lot of conflicting advice and you need to have some of your own knowledge to try to balance out what to work with.

Also, please increase your font size. It is very difficult to read even on a desktop, nevermind mobile! :) Thanks and welcome!
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post #10 of 17 Old 11-02-2014, 10:29 PM
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So, who is paying the board and care? who the vet, shoes, feed?
it's a bit confusing, but it sounds like a great possiblity. ask that you put things in writing, at least for the first year.

you'll love riding!
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