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soniadevereux

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bringing Roobee back into work....................

Ok heres a bit of history. Roobee has been a brood mare for about 6 years. I bought her Jan 2011 to bring back into work, i was told she wasnt in foal. I have owned horses for 12 years but never a pregnant mare of handled a foal. The previous owner had got 2 teenagers to start working Roobee but she was cantakerous and apparently they used the lunging whip a bit too much shall we say. I started to work her on the lunge and put bridle on withe very little issues. Putting the saddle on was a bit more difficult but with repetition and patience she let me do this. In March i was hacking her out for 20 mins in walk alone and in company. End of march she changed shape and May 6th she gave birth to  colt foal. JJ ( the foal ) was weaned at 9 months with the gradual weaning process and neither gor stressed or called for long ( about an hour) when JJ taken away to complete the weaning. He has now gone to his new home without returning to mum.

i have been bringing Roobee back into work again from the beginning of April and initially i thought i wouldnt take too long after last year. BUT is is the same as last year. I have noticed she seems quite scared of the saddle gong back on. I can put numnah on no reaction, but as soon as roller or saddle gently placed with no tightening of girth she gets panicky and cow kicks and bucks at a standstill to get it off. After a bit of patience she does let you put it on and do the girth up slowly and gently. She goes wide eyed and bunny hops next to you for a few strides and then calms down and walks by your side. This is all been done on a leadrope/ lunge rope at leadrope length for her safety and mine.  I have been doing the roller and saddle stage for a couple of weeks now and she is still the same. It seems that she think as soon as something is on and tightened she is waiting to get hit ( which i have never done until the cow kick at me) or waiting for someone to get on board. I can get her to calm down and i can work her on the lunge afer the initial panic, but she is still anxious. I tack her up outside the stable for safety. some people reckon she is taking the pee, but for the 17 months i have had her all she wants to do is please me.

i know it will be a long and slow way forward but any advice or tips would be gratefully received.

Thank you for reading my essay. x

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: bringing Roobee back into work....................

I really don't know of any advice I can give here, Sonia, but just wanted to say how sorry I am you're having to go through all this.

As Roobee has trusted you completely with your handling of her over the past year, all I can think of is I'm sure things will improve, but like you say it's probably going to be long and slow.

But I suppose there's no residual problem from having JJ and the previous foals that's making it uncomfortable for her?

Good luck anyway, I hope the change from brood mare to riding horse will eventually come to fruition.

Sue xx

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soniadevereux

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Re: bringing Roobee back into work....................

Thanks Sue, i think before she was a bit more agreeable due to her being in foal and wanting to protect herself. This time she doesnt have to be agreeable and can show her panic, fear, and issues that she has that has happened before i got her. I know i will get there, but i was so hoping to be on board and getting out and about. It may sound selfish to say that, but i have always doen my best for her and JJ and was hoping it to go smoother than it is. I can see me not getting on board til the end of july at this rate, but i would rather take my time and make sure she is safe and comfortable with everything before i do get on board.

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mcallistar

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mcallistar says:

Re: bringing Roobee back into work....................

I'm not sure if any of this is helpful, but here are a couple of thoughts.

I wonder if it might be an idea to get her back checked, just in case something's got a bit out of place after the foaling? I know this was a while ago but maybe it is showing up because you're starting to put a saddle on again? And she could have changed shape a wee bit.

Also, could you try long-reining her with the saddle on? If she was lunged and whipped by others, maybe the single lunge line is reminding her of this. Long-reining might just take the pressure off while still giving you some distance to cope with any cow-kicking. But it would be an idea to have someone at her head just to help you out with this initially.

 

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Buzzbomb

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Buzzbomb says:

Re: bringing Roobee back into work....................

 I would suggest getting back etc checked. Then I would probably try some bare back riding. Then you can see whether it is saddle or having something on her back.

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soniadevereux

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Re: bringing Roobee back into work....................

thanks buzzbomb. I like living too much to ride Roobee bareback. I have a treeless saddle which i used last year on her.i do think that is is bad memories that are holding us back. I am having her teeth checked next wednesday. xx

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Tommytank

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Tommytank says:

Re: bringing Roobee back into work....................

 I never realized Roobee has been a broad mare for all those years!  You're really starting from scratch Sonia, I know you rode a little bit but not really much at all and she was pregnant which is theoretically (sp) supposed to chill a mare out.  

When we (royal we here my friend Luan did all the dangerous stuff, I just helped as they were meant for each other) re - backed Carys we had a few problems, I did a bit of rummaging in her past and found out that a saddle had slipped round her belly with a girl riding her, thus her issue with the saddle and legs/stirrups on her sides, that and a whole lot more stuff which turned out to be not very nice.  

I'm sure your doing the right thing taking it slowly, no point risking ruining your relationship, knocking your confidence and hers for the sake of getting up.  xx

 

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