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Intimidation of the saddle on the new horse

I grew up around horses when I was young,  but I grew away from them when we couldnt afford them anymore.  When I had children we bought a wonderful dead broke old horse, Candy.  She is the best horse ever that you can throw a toddler on and dont have to worry about  her taking off.  She is much more interested in how much grass she can eat.  Recently I purchased a two year old paint,  who has 60 days training on her and is papered.  No one would  bid anything on this beautiful soul.  So I payed 300 bucks for this great horse.  I have given her some time to get used to the sights and sounds of our farm, which I could tell she had not been around before.   Now my problem is I am so intimidated about getting on a new horse!  I dont know if it is the fear of the unknown or what she may do, or the fear that I may not know what to do if she does act up.  It has been so long since I have been on a newly trained horse that I am scaring myself.  I got so spoiled with our old nag.  Lizzy, who is my new paint horse is so beautiful but she is bigger that our old horse too.  Lizzy already stands a hand taller than Candy does.   She is so nice and gentle now, coming right up to the fence.  So any advice from you pros out there?  How do you get back up in a new saddle when it has been so long since you have been in a new saddle?  I suppose that will just have to be on the top of my list of fears to conquer. 

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  1. love4equine
    I never get on a horse without doing a little bit of ground work first, somtimes 5-10 minutes, sometimes an hour. My horse, a friends horse that I ride a lot, or a horse I have never seen before- I always do a little ground work. If a horse does not trust and respect you on the ground they won't respect and trust you in the saddle. No amount of training can prepare a horse for everything. Make sure you know where the horse is mentally before you get on. Do things like move hind-quarters, moving shoulder, flex, bend, back, etc. Make sure they respect you (not fear you). Don't "assume" that the trainer worked out all of their problems. Make it fun not always work for you horse. Good luck!!!
  2. naturegirl
    I assume that talking to it gently should help, too. I don't actually get on a horse all that much, but whenever I am around one, I actually get close slowly, then let it smell my hand to let it know me that way (this is advice I got from a horse trainer. And pet them. It soothes them. I voted. When you have the chance, please stop by my article, When Winter Comes, and vote if you liked it!
  3. fordgal
    Well with 60 days training Im pretty sure this horse isnt gonna buck but you can never tell if you were told the truth about the training until you get on. I agree that a little ground work is necessary to feel out the horse and you might be surprised how much it calms you to see the horse isnt going crazy,yet.LOL! Be in a small pen,try to make sure stirrups are adjusted before you even get on.Then take a breath and tell yourself to ride like youve been gettin on for years.The horse will sense your mood and stay calm hopefully. And if you should feel that the horse is gettin out of control,pull his head around so he circles a bit then stop,calm,continue.Just curious what it is about this horse that intimidates you?Remember if ya hit the dirt,it usually doesnt kill ya.
  4. HorseDiva
    I believe you can work this out. You might need help, but this is doable. I voted. Please come read my post, which is about horses that may be slaughtered because the race tracks in Ontario will be closing down. Please vote if you like it. Thank you.
  5. Terri AP Widdowson
    Somehow I missed your post. 60 days of training is still very green. You are wise to proceed with caution. And a lot can depend on the indivdual horse's nature. Is there anything in her dispostion that would give you cause for concern? Maybe you instincts are telling you something. Like some of the other posts have said, the ground work is key. Spend tiime getting time to know her, but don't let yourself make too much of an issue out of getting on either. You don't want to work yourself up and be more nervous than need be. Perhaps it might be a good idea to get a more experienced rider to get on her for the first time just to see for yourself how she will respond to a rider on her back. Then if that goes okay, get your friend to hold the horse while you get on and have her walk beside the horse until you feel comfortable. Hope you enjoy many years with your horse. My latest blog, "Discover the Soft Eye' might be helpful for you as a relaxation tool.

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