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RugbyandArabs

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Help am i doing things all wrong??

As you know i have a 5yr old Arab gelding. Well he is still not backed as i cant find any one willing to help me i cant aford an instructor all the time as they charge 30pounds for hr and dont do half hour lessons im on a yard on my own so i dont have anyone with me.

He has been lunged with all his tack on since he was 3 and half hes been long lining since he was 4yrs old but its just the next stage i need help with but time is going on and before i know he be 10 and still not backed. I have stood him near the mounting block and he was fine i lent over him today and he was okish all he done was very slowly turned his back end round he didnt try and buck or anything but am i ok trying to start him off on my own??

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vetgirltotherescue

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Re: Help am i doing things all wrong??

hi, it's hard to say. can you rope anyone else in to help you- a friend? family member? i've backed horses on my own before and it is possible but is a lot easier with help. it sounds like you're doing everything right. do you have an enclosed area to work in like an indoor school etc? keep on leaning over him making sure he gets used to the sound of tack flapping and the feel of your hand on the other side of his belly. stroke him all over while you're leaning over him and talk to him the whole time. once he's comfortable with that, you can start asking him to walk a couple of steps while you're leaning over him just using your voice. this is so you can just slide off after a couple of steps or if he spooks. carry on doing this until he'll walk happily round with you leaning over him slapping the stirrups and stroking him. then you can go back to standing still while you lean over him and instead of going head first, slide your right leg over the saddle and keeping your head down, slide your bum into the saddle, don't put your feet into the stirrups so if he spooks or anything, again you just slide off. get him used to walking round with you like this and gradually ease into sitting up. if you're doing it on your own, make sure you've got hat and body protector and just slide off if he's unhappy. dont' worry about rushing him. i've found that babies always do better if you do sessions little and often- i used to do 20mins three times a day.just remember to tell someone you're going up the yard and what time to expect you back and don't worry about taking take it slow and you'll soon have a wonderful horse to ride!

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equi

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equi says:

Re: Help am i doing things all wrong??

I wouldnt do it on my own at all! that is extremely dangerous. You could ask your local tackshop people to help just by holding him or whatever.

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mardy

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mardy says:

Re: Help am i doing things all wrong??

Hi, well done for getting so far on your own. However, I think its far too dangerous to go that next step on your own. We all know, even with all the will in the world, things can and do go wrong. If something serious were to happen the consequences dont bear thinking about. Please reconsider. Best of luck.

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jane_envis

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jane_envis says:

Re: Help am i doing things all wrong??

do you have a friend that would come and watch at least? That way if there was an accident they could call for help (vet or ambulance!) It wouldn't have to be a horsey person, just someone with some common sense!

The horse through all its trials has preserved the sweetness of paradise in its blood. ~Johannes Jensen

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RugbyandArabs

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Re: Help am i doing things all wrong??

Thanks guys but i think i better sell him as im on my own ive put ads up for the past 2yrs but i only get kids who think they can do it when they cant even ride as for tack shop mine shop is 25miles away plus they would want paying which i cant aford Instructors which are willing to help will charge me 30pounds which i cna aford a month but not a day 3 days a week for go knows how many weeks i dont even have any freinds that are willing to help i dont know any horse people as ive never been on a yard to meet any.

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jane_envis

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jane_envis says:

Re: Help am i doing things all wrong??

where do you live? maybe someone here could help you out?

 

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The horse through all its trials has preserved the sweetness of paradise in its blood. ~Johannes Jensen

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Divasmum

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Divasmum says:

Re: Help am i doing things all wrong??

There is nothing wrong with starting a horse yourself but you will need an assistant. I bred a foal some years ago and backed her as a 4 year old with my niece helping. It really depends how experienced you are. Perhaps if you post saying where in the country you are someone will offer to come and help you on the ground. Good luck. Let us know how it pans out.

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marissa t

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marissa t says:

Re: Help am i doing things all wrong??

hi there if it was me i wudnt do it all on my own, mostly for the safety element. as you know young horses can be unpredictable. i think it depends how confident u r but i wud try and find help especially 4backing cuz u wud really need some1 2hold the horse, it wud also give u some reassurrance. good luck tho

marissa t

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happyrain

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happyrain says:

Re: Help am i doing things all wrong??

as long as you've a bit of experience backing horses i dont see any probs doing it yourself. so far it sounds like you've been doing things right. i would recommend atleast having someone there to watch incase things do go wrong. they can call an ambulance if you need it or catch him if runs off. if this is your first time backing a horse do it slowly and def get someone to watch if you cant get anyone to assist. its better to do things nice and slow. who cares if it takes 6months to get sat up on him as long as you end up with a happy ,safe horse?

i would also post an add on here for help saying where you are, most of us are jolly useful chaps!!!

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