This is more of a training question but I'm hoping someone out there can help me. I'm about to acquire a 10 year-old paint mare. She has been used strictly as a broodmare but is very gentle and easy to handle. I would like to have her trained and put under saddle. Does anyone have any experience training a horse this old to ride? Can it be done? What do you see as the potential problems? She would be used to trail ride only.
Laurie Posted From: 188.8.131.52
Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2004 - 07:13 pm:
Horses don't know that they are supposed to be trained when they are 3 (ish) so you really shouldn't have any major problems. If she has good ground manners and isn't opposed to work it should go smoothly..
I've broke horses that were in their teens, the only problem I ever came up against was a slight unwillingness to go to work (i.e. I've been a pasture pet for 14 years, you want me to work now?)
Keep the training sessions fun (as much as possible) and really make sure who ever is working her is really heaping the 'rewards' on her for being good so that if she's all of a sudden thrust into a 5 day a week training program she doesn't get sour.
Eagle View Arabians Posted From: 184.108.40.206
Posted on Friday, December 10, 2004 - 10:55 am:
I bought one of our mares when she was 14. She had never been ridden and barely handled. The only real problem we had was we couldn't get a bit in her mouth for the life of us. We could have pushed it but since she was just being used for trail riding we opted to use a bosal instead. I can't ride her in the arena and do anything fancy with her but she's been a pretty good all around horse. I found I just had to pick and choose my battles. For example, she had to know how to move off my leg, stop and all the basics but does she have to be round and supple, no. Let us know how it goes, good luck
Rooty Posted From: 220.127.116.11
Posted on Saturday, December 18, 2004 - 11:51 am:
I used to ride a STB mare that had essentially done nothing until she was 9. She was a track failure and the people who had her had only ridden her occasionally on trails. Other than that at first you pretty much had to tie her down to get on her and she was a bit nappy she had no issues that would have been any different from starting her at a younger age. In the end she has become one of the most reliable, hard-working horses I have ever ridden, competed up to Medium 1 dressage and is now a trusted schoolmaster at 22.
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