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lynnandbella

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lynnandbella says:

can i back her lightly now???

i have a 3yr old id x zangersheide mare, she leads out on her own around the local roads through all traffic, long reins in the arena, will wear a saddle and bridle, loves being brushed etc leads on both sides in walk and trot. she is 14hh , i have laid accross her in the stable and sat up on her and she was very queit, i know she is likely to be growing still, but would i be able to sit on her and be lead a little maybe once a week now? i am 8 stone and carry my weight lightly . i would like to be riding her lightly un aided by june/july 15 mins a week building upto 1hr a week by september then just handling her through the winter. i have read so many views on backing and at different ages im just more confused.

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emaluvsmango

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emaluvsmango says:

Re: can i back her lightly now???

Hi lynn, what a lovely young girl you have, and an exciting time ahead of you. I do think its very individual to each horse and to each owner. I as you walked my boy out lots and lots, started litrelly getting on and off at 2 and a half, at 3 i would get on for a couple of mins bare back while out for a walk, still being led so not to over face him. Then id get off and lots of pats and tickles. He didnt do much other than go for walks over winter while we got him used to his saddle, he must have been about 3 and a half when we started work with him, 30 min hacks in walk at first, he's just turned 4 now and in 6 months we have been to trec training, that was a 2 hour session which i did half lead and half ridden. Just last weekend we went to the beach where we rode 11 miles, bob still had the energy to gallop me up a sand dune and throw in a buck at the end. Think were ready to take on the world lol. Still no jumping yet, and only started with canter a few weeks ago, having my second schooling lesson with him tomorrow. let us know how you get on with your girl, have lots of fun with her this summer, it sounds like your doing an amazing job! Ive just taken bob out in hand tonight, its nice to remember you dnt have to ride just because you can, great to keep those special walks :)

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: can i back her lightly now???

My filly will be 3 in June, she's currenlty getting her long reining education and we plan to back her in July when we're both off for a week together (my OH and me that is!), I'm hoping to get her going quietly enough but lightly and then turn her away again over the winter to bring her back into it again in spring next year and start working her a little more then.

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lynnandbella

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lynnandbella says:

Re: can i back her lightly now???

hello thank you so much for your replies! i have only just remembered my login details!, since the last post i have been riding her twice a week for about half an hour, we were lead the first few times but she just seems so willing to learn we are now going solo! i really didnt think she would be such a pleasure to do , the only thing she does not like is the farrier, thats the only time she wants to put up a fight and my god its a proper 'all toys out of pram' moment! , her rein changes, rein back, circles etc are just lovely i cannot stress how much the ground work has helped, i even used my hands by her girth to yeild her for a few weeks leading upto the riding and its paid off very well, ive never had to use a whip even when lungeing just a dressage whip aimed towards her shoulder to stop her coming in. i have never known a pony 'want' to come in and appear to like everything so much! nothing seems to phase her or bother her too much appart from the farrier! lol

ema, your bob sounds lovely , beech riding ....now theres something id love to do with bella!, rhapsody keep me posted as to how you get on with your girl its soooo exciting!, i think i shall turn bella away for winter as i really dont want to over face her ! 

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emaluvsmango

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emaluvsmango says:

Re: can i back her lightly now???

How great is that, isnt it a nice feeling knowing your doing it yourself, creating a bond with your horse. The best thing is as i think you are finding from your description, that your horse will work just as you teach her, she will be willing to work well from your aids as its all shes ever known. Theres no confusion which is great.

Is your girl shod or barefoot? what is she like with her feet being picked up genrally, and at what point does she show resistance to the farrier, if you could pin point exactly what it is she doesnt like, that may help you work out a way to make things easier for her.  

Me and bob are enjoying lots of lovely rides this week as ive had a week off work :) my boys going through a silly stage with the trailer! he has always loaded well, hogged the box when we put it in the field for the foal to go in, but he has decided now that sometimes, when he decideds that actually he doesnt fancy the box today. He gets to the ramp and just ignores me. So ive had to get a bit harder with him, he's going to walk all over me otherwise the monkey! The technique i used was making him back up, get his attention and become more of a leader, and my gosh is worked, a big walk on and we were on like pro's over and over again, im made up. I helped a horse who was nervous of trailers, and used completly different techniques, im just loving working out how these animals feel.

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lynnandbella

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lynnandbella says:

Re: can i back her lightly now???

hi, bella is barefoot, the bad behaviour started after her first trim in january, she started to get locking stifles which i know has nothing to do with her feet but i think she has associated it with that, she will let me pick her back feet up a little way for a second but if the farriers within sight she wont let you near her back feet and if you do get near she rears and kicks etc its just messy, he did loose his temper last time which set us back a bit, i know he has alot to do and is used to bolshy and aggresive horses but its put me in an awkward position, i know shes just confused and needs a gentle calm and softly softly approach and he just doesnt have time! like you ive realised every horse is dfferent and i know they associate alot of things with pain and pleasure, i know that if shes achieved something no matter how small ie standing still for a second on command i will praise her and she will do it even better next time! she had me in a and e thurs night as a put a smaller girth on her i knew something was wrong when  got on her she got me off and carried on bronking after  , ive put the right size comfort girth on her now got on and she was a dream again, i was fine after the fall just mild concusion and bruising!!

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