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May 09

Posts: 554

lorelle2009 says:

To sell or not to sell?

 Hi not been on here for a while and as some of you may no i have 3 horses the problem is Rudy my 4 year old who i have had from being a foal who come out of my mare is now ready to start being backed slowly i am not expirienced with this and have only ever had horses what have already been broken. i have had tack on him and had someone sat on him and maybe abit of lunging what should i do will kill for me to sell him but is it best to do so




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Mar 09

Posts: 3438

Micki says:

Re: To sell or not to sell?

If you will find it too upsetting to sell him then don't.

Can you afford to pay someone to set him off for you? If not just take each step at a time and don't progress to the next stage unil he is ready. I would spend a couple of weeks lunging and then start longreining so he understands the basics of what your hands mean. Only when he is longreining confidently should you then move on to backing. At this stage he should be walking, trotting and cantering on command on the lunge and walking and trotting, stopping and turning easily on the longreins.

I would have regular lessons on him once he is backed at then your instructor will be able to tell what you need to work on. Good luck with him, i'm sure you will be ok to set him off and bring him on if you want to.

. .A horse is a thing of such beauty. . .none will tire of looking at him as long as he displays himself in his splendor. ~Xenophon

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Mar 09

Posts: 792

SuzyA says:

Re: To sell or not to sell?

If you're intending to keep him then do keep him and get some professional help.  If you are backing him just so that you can sell him on, then either get him backed with some help or sell him as unbacked.

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Oct 07

Posts: 557

Fenris says:

Re: To sell or not to sell?

 You've done it all a bit bum about face. You need to get a mouth on him before you do anything else - lots of long reining, halts changing direction and so on. Why don't you send him to a breaking yard? That way you know he is well started and you don't have to sell him.

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Apr 10

Posts: 304

AMLS says:

Re: To sell or not to sell?

Ask around your area and see if someone experienced with this can give you a hand, you don't want to make a mistake now as horses remember bad experiences for a long time. If not, and you have the money you could as Fenris suggested send him to a breaking yard to be started, although I think it's important to have his future handler/rider involved in the process so if you do this I would suggest you go there a few times a week and if not help out, then at least observe and "be there". If you have an instructor he/she can point you in the right direction maybe of contacts/professionals that do breaking.


Don't whatever you do attempt to break him yourself unless you are confident and know the correct order for things to be done in. It would be a real shame to make a mistake. Also don't sell him without looking at the options for breaking him as this would also be a real shame and you don't want to end up regretting the decision.


Good luck and looking forward to hearing how you get on !!!

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