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EmmaBreeze

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EmmaBreeze says:

How to get my mare to have better stable manners.

 Ive recently bought a 7 year old irish sport horse mare, and even though she is still settling in to her new yard, she is very fidgety in the stable when im tacking her up. I want to make sure she is well behaved early on, like standing still when i mount her and to keep her legs still when i put her boots on...

 

Has anyone got any suggestions on how to sort these problems out? :)

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Rio186

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Rio186 says:

Re: How to get my mare to have better stable manners.

Start by reading 'Perfect Manners' by Kelly Marks.  Its a really great book for teaching riders how to treat and teach horses! 

 

Also, a lot of behaviour like you are describing can be easily solved just by getting your horse to relax.  If she is more relaxed when she can see other horses, then you could try tacking her up outside.  You can also try increasing your own bond with her (more quality time if you can afford it), making sure both the tack and horse are perfectly healthy and correct, and making sure there is nothing else worrying her.  There are some situations where telling a horse off just won't help.  My old mare used to doze off when I was doing up her tack in the yard, but if I put her in a stable, she would power-pace around, barging into me etc, not specifically out of bad manners or being disrespectful - I was the last thing on her mind - she just hated stables!

 

Sorry if I have just stated the obvious!  Hope any of it helps anyhow... good luck with your mare!

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SarahR123

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SarahR123 says:

Re: How to get my mare to have better stable manners.

Agree with Rio's comments above!  For me though, whenever possible, I prefer to tack up outside as there is a bit more room for manoeuvre!

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EmmaBreeze

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EmmaBreeze says:

Re: How to get my mare to have better stable manners.

 Thanks for the tips :) Have taken your advice and started tacking up and grooming outside, and the only problem we're having is her kicking the gate occasionally, but very slowly she is learning not too.

 

Thanks for the feedback!

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bcraig1984

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bcraig1984 says:

Re: How to get my mare to have better stable manners.

I'd not ride for a week if it was me let her settle in & do lots of basic ground work & build a bond with her first. The basics are the key :)

 

I had my girl for about 6 months then i moved to a new yard & my instructer made me stop riding for a couple of weeks & go back to complete basic ground work with her & honestly cant say how much it has helped.  It was alot about showing her i'm the Alpha mare & to have complete confidence in me.... as you can see my new instructor was into IHS

 

Wish i had only discover this 20years ago :)

 

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bcraig1984

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bcraig1984 says:

Re: How to get my mare to have better stable manners.

I forgot to say my TB mare was a little stress head & got wound up very easily.  She will know go anywhere with me & be left in a stable block on her own if she does get wound up i can now bring her back down within minutes :)

 

I didnt ride for about 5 weeks in total just down ground work. 

 

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