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Hi all I’m new to this forum and have hit a brick wall

I recently purchased 2 horses from someone that “rescued them” 10 yrs ago she isn’t a horse person so she put them in a pasture and spoiled them.

They are 14 and 12 they have no ground manners. Spooked at a lead rope that was dangling. One spooked so did the other one.

My dilemma is where do I start with these 2? I have started colts and kept my other horses up to speed. She gave them peppermint candy otter pops. I don’t even know if they know they're horses. thnx for your input it will greatly appreciated
 

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Hi & welcome to the forum!

Sounds like these horses could be totally untrained - or at least very little education a long time ago. I suggest starting ANY new horse as if from scratch - that means you get to find & 'fill' any training 'holes' you find. I suspect though, these 2 are going to be needing to start from scratch for real.

If you're not experienced/skilled at training, I suggest you find a professional to at least help you, if not do the job.
 

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Hard to read your post, but from what I gathered, do you have a trainer that can help you with them? Sounds like she didn't do much with them, if at all.
 

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Hi all I’m new to this forum and have hit a brick wall I recently purchased 2 horses from someone that “rescued them” 10 yrs ago she isn’t a horse person so she put them in a pasture and spoiled them they ate 14 and 12 they have no ground manners spooked at a lead rope that was dangling so one spooked so did the other one my dilemma is where do I start with these 2? I have started colts and kept my other horses up to speed. She gave them peppermint candy otter pops I don’t even know if they know their horses thnx for your input it will greatly appreciated

If you have started colts before, pretend the 14 year old and the 12 year old are colts. Treat them as you would any colt starting from scratch. Start with basic ground manners.



Their age (and history) is really irrelevant. Train the horse you have in front of you. If they get in your bubble, make them move away (like you would teach a colt to respect your bubble). You'll have to be more persistent with them because they have engrained bad habits (rather than a clean slate) but it still doesn't really matter -- train them from the ground up.
 

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Agree with @loosie and @beau159, start from scratch and fill in the holes, with one little hitch:

They are 12 & 14 years, and have had at least ten years to learn how not to listen.

If you've started colts, you know what "bring your patience" means --- times that by about twenty, where these mares are concerned. Progress may be slow because they are set in their ways:)

If they are respectful horses by nature, progress should be good. If one or both has a bullying nature, be prepared to stand your ground as the alpha and for breakthroughs/lessons to take longer to achieve.
 

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I have punctuated your post Marykirk, and removed other posts about this.

We are not at all pedantic about spelling & punctuation here! But it is hard for people to read & make sense of unpunctuated stuff, or big blocks of text without paragraph breaks. Many just find it too hard & won't read.

Please remember also that we are an international forum & it is even harder for many 'ESL' people to read. So it's important to at least try to include good punctuation, spelling and grammar in our posts.

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^Yeah Walkin, IME starting - or just dealing with - horses who have learned to ignore or be a 'bully' to people or such can be a little more... tedious.

I find most horses(even well trained) don't get taught to WANT to 'listen' so will only do what they must. But perhaps because I focus on teaching/giving good reason for the horse to WANT to play my games, I personally don't find 'set in their ways' horses that different to an untouched horse.

Except that if they have been 'set' in 'wrong' ways - taught that 'mugging' people works for eg - it may take longer to teach them it no longer works & they will be less 'forgiving' of lack of consistency, more likely to 'try it on'(what used to work) with different people.
 
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