Training question

Training question

Post by Jennifer Hutcherso » Sun, 12 Dec 1999 04:00:00


Hi, I have been lurking for a while, but I need your help.  I am
considering buying a 12 year old Arabian mare to turn into a riding
horse.  She has been used as a broodmare and has never been ridden.  At
one time she was trained to drive, but has not even been doing that for
the past 3 years.  She is very good natured and mannerly about vet,
farrier, grooming, clipping, etc.  How difficult do you think it will be
to turn her into a pleasure horse?
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Jennifer
 
 
 

Training question

Post by Jane H. Kilbe » Sun, 12 Dec 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>Hi, I have been lurking for a while, but I need your help.  I am
>considering buying a 12 year old Arabian mare to turn into a riding
>horse.  She has been used as a broodmare and has never been ridden.  At
>one time she was trained to drive, but has not even been doing that for
>the past 3 years.  She is very good natured and mannerly about vet,
>farrier, grooming, clipping, etc.  How difficult do you think it will be
>to turn her into a pleasure horse?
>Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

It'll take a while and you'll have to begin at the beginning with lots of
ground work, slow and easy. Start her under saddle as if she is a two year
old - only more mature. Be consistent, firm yet fair and treat her in kind
and you probably won't have any difficulty.

The oldest horse I started under saddle was around age 10-11. It was also
a broodmare who had no ground training and wasn't very good on the lead
but handled routine things like the vet, grooming, bathing, trailering,
tieing but that was about it. I spent about a month on the basics, then
started her under saddle. It took longer than it would for a youngster in
getting the basics down. She was used as a pleasure horse and she worked
out fine for her owners.

down the spotted trails. . . in the great nation of Tejas
jane h. kilberg and her gang of spots (GOS)
member: ApHC, Montgomery County *** Horse Committee
editor/publisher: Appaloosa Network

 
 
 

Training question

Post by ghostwalke » Mon, 13 Dec 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> Hi, I have been lurking for a while, but I need your help.  I am
> considering buying a 12 year old Arabian mare to turn into a riding
> horse.  She has been used as a broodmare and has never been
> ridden.  At
> one time she was trained to drive, but has not even been doing
> that for
> the past 3 years.  She is very good natured and mannerly about vet,
> farrier, grooming, clipping, etc.  How difficult do you think it
> will be
> to turn her into a pleasure horse?
> Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
> Jennifer

It all depends on the amount of time you can spend on her but it should
not be that difficult.Sounds like she knows the basics so introducing
the saddle should not be that hard.sinse she was trained to drive she
should already be use to bits,headstalls and harness so that is a
plus.good luck

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Training question

Post by Bill Kamb » Mon, 13 Dec 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

>Hi, I have been lurking for a while, but I need your help.  I am
>considering buying a 12 year old Arabian mare to turn into a riding
>horse.  She has been used as a broodmare and has never been ridden.  At
>one time she was trained to drive, but has not even been doing that for
>the past 3 years.  She is very good natured and mannerly about vet,
>farrier, grooming, clipping, etc.  How difficult do you think it will be
>to turn her into a pleasure horse?
>Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

I would take a long, hard look at this.  A Big Question is will you be doing the starting
and training yourself (if you say yes I will presume you are fully qualified) or will you
need to contract it out?  If it is the latter, unless somebody is going to to give you the
horse it is probably more economic to find a good horse already under saddle.
Professional training in most places will cost a minimum of $500 per month and go up from
there.  The number of months involved might be relatively few if the mare has had any
prior ground work, but if you are truly starting from Square One then you are looking at a
very substantial training bill.

I would also wonder why the mare was not put under saddle in her earlier life.  The reason
might be benign, but it also could be that she proved unsuitable for any number of
reasons.  

Go slow, ask lots of questions, know how much money you can afford to spend.

Bill Kambic, Bright Star Farm, Kingston, TN
Mangalarga Marchador: Style, Stamina, Symmetry, Smoothness
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hills/1816

 
 
 

Training question

Post by John Klausne » Tue, 14 Dec 1999 04:00:00

Sadly, many arabians - especially pre-90s - were used for halter, and
training under saddle was not considered necessary for those that were
successful and intended for broodmare use.  Since the mare was driven,
that may have been all they intended for performance use.  
SueK
Quote:


>  I am
> >considering buying a 12 year old Arabian mare to turn into a riding
> >horse.  She has been used as a broodmare and has never been ridden.  At
> >one time she was trained to drive,

> snipped

> I would also wonder why the mare was not put under saddle in her earlier life.  The reason
> might be benign, but it also could be that she proved unsuitable for any number of
> reasons.

> Go slow, ask lots of questions, know how much money you can afford to spend.

> Bill Kambic, Bright Star Farm, Kingston, TN
> Mangalarga Marchador: Style, Stamina, Symmetry, Smoothness
> http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hills/1816

 
 
 

Training question

Post by calvin d howa » Tue, 14 Dec 1999 04:00:00

On Mon, 13 Dec 1999 09:03:26 -0800, John Klausner

Quote:


>> I would also wonder why the mare was not put under saddle in her earlier life.  The reason
>> might be benign, but it also could be that she proved unsuitable for any number of
>> reasons.

  Bill .....now remember that  Ansata Nasrany daughter we
had....Sabbath Elysheba...??  they had considered her MUCH too
valuable to be trained....

 and left her in a field to starve....

       Tamara in Tn
          remembering the great Egyptian rescue of a few years back

 
 
 

Training question

Post by Nina Flanniga » Thu, 16 Dec 1999 04:00:00

jennifer,

i can tell you my experience; but it may have no bearing on your situation.
i started a 10-year-old arabian broodmare under saddle 12 years ago. still
riding her and enjoying her. her ground manners were excellent and she was
fairly easy to start. everything came together when i took her off the
property and down the trail. as if she was saying "okay, now i get why we're
doing this."

nina, the arab lady, and the spotted thing

Quote:

> Hi, I have been lurking for a while, but I need your help.  I am
> considering buying a 12 year old Arabian mare to turn into a riding
> horse.  She has been used as a broodmare and has never been ridden.  At
> one time she was trained to drive, but has not even been doing that for
> the past 3 years.  She is very good natured and mannerly about vet,
> farrier, grooming, clipping, etc.  How difficult do you think it will be
> to turn her into a pleasure horse?
> Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
> Jennifer