can old horse be retrained?

can old horse be retrained?

Post by Dave » Tue, 13 Jan 1998 04:00:00


I've have recently purchased a 16 year old AQHA mare.  The mare was
bought at Tattersalls in Lexington for my daughter.  The rider is only 6
but rides very well for her age.  The mare is extremly well broke.
After a vet check and easing the horse into her new surroundings I'm
pleased that after several child safe horses that were not this gamble
panned out.

Because the horse was sold by a booking agent, I found the numbers and
called two previous owners.  The past seven years, shes been trail
ridden and used as a baby sitter which we already figured out.  He was
grateful to hear that she went to a good home with children and added
that the breeder and prior owner showed her but he was not sure of the
discipline.  After contacting him I found that ages 3-7 she was breed on
and off and shown Western Pleasure but only $100 fair classes.  The
horse has the slow moves but years of trail riding seemed to have taken
away the refinment.  Is it possible to have her retrained and bring out
what she already or once knew.  My daughter shows the walk trat classes
and may be ready for WP late this year or next.  This isn't why we
bought her but it would sure be a plus.  I trail ride only and would
need to send her to someone who knows what their doing.

Any advise?

Thanks,

Dave
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can old horse be retrained?

Post by Chris Henders » Tue, 13 Jan 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> I've have recently purchased a 16 year old AQHA mare.  
(snippage)
> Is it possible to have her retrained and bring out
> what she already or once knew.  

> Any advise?

> Thanks,

> Dave
> To EMAIL remove the "(no spam)" from begining of my address

Speaking from personal experience, I would say that it is
possible to re-train an older horse.  I bought my 14yo QH
gelding last May.  He had been trained as a reiner but had
only been used as a school horse for the past several years.
Since I've had him, he's surprised me with what he has
remembered since his days as a reiner.  It doesn't take him
long to figure out what I want from him.  Plus, I think that
since he's older, he's much more patient with me and my
mistakes than a young horse would be. :)

Good luck with your new mare!

Christine Henderson
(and Leo, who's learning dressage and doing pretty well at)

 
 
 

can old horse be retrained?

Post by Franki » Wed, 14 Jan 1998 04:00:00

Horses don't usually forget.  you always use the same aids it is usually
just a matter of a refreasher course for the horse and lessons for your
daughter.  since the mare has competed before she probably knows how to
respond to basic aids (walk, trot, canter, go down on the bit, leg yeild
etc..).  her condition is also might be why you are having trouble.  it can
take a long time and a lot of work to get her top line and other muscles to
become fit enough to hold herself in frame for more than a few minutes at a
time and increase her stanima.  since she hasn't done much in the last few
years you might have a bit of muscle restructuring ahead of you.  your
changing her life style and job.

 
 
 

can old horse be retrained?

Post by Eileen G. Morg » Wed, 14 Jan 1998 04:00:00



<<snip>>

Quote:
>.  Is it possible to have her retrained and bring out
>what she already or once knew.  My daughter shows the walk trat classes
>and may be ready for WP late this year or next.  This isn't why we
>bought her but it would sure be a plus.  I trail ride only and would
>need to send her to someone who knows what their doing.

I free leased a 16-17 yr old horse this year so my fiance and I can
ride together. He has been in extremly light work for the last, oh,
seven years and hadn't been ridden at all for a year when I got him in
the barn. Never done any dressage in his life, and had been years
since he'd gone over a fence. never been out much on trail.

once we had his flat work polished up and I started teaching him some
dressage basics, I started popping him over fences. After six jumping
lessons, I took him to a baby green hunter show where he placed
reserve for his division. As long as your horse has a pleasant nature,
it should be no trouble to train them new/refresh old info. Heck, I'm
planning to take this guy into some baby novice horse trials this
summer--something he's never come close to doing!

eileen morgan
The Mare's Nest

 
 
 

can old horse be retrained?

Post by Mira Jone » Thu, 15 Jan 1998 04:00:00

This is so exciting to hear because I just bought a dead broke 14 yr old QH
so my husband can ride with me and my hunter, Flipper, around the pasture
and on trails.  Anyway, this guy also loves to jump and I may do a little
cross country with him this spring (something that my "I only do flat show
ring stuff" TB would be a handful doing)!

Mira and Flipper and now Bambi makes 2 (horses, that is)

 
 
 

can old horse be retrained?

Post by Jackso » Sun, 18 Jan 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> This is so exciting to hear because I just bought a dead broke 14 yr old QH
> so my husband can ride with me and my hunter, Flipper, around the pasture
> and on trails.  Anyway, this guy also loves to jump and I may do a little
> cross country with him this spring (something that my "I only do flat show
> ring stuff" TB would be a handful doing)!

> Mira and Flipper and now Bambi makes 2 (horses, that is)

Oh, ha ha, Mira and Eileen (who bought extra horses for their
sweethearts to ride)
Have these men even been near the horses or was it just a good excuse to
get an extra horse to ride yourselves, I wonder?
-Before you flame me, review your own messages.-

Bonnie (with three horses of my own to ride and my husband safely in his
music studio) in AZ

 
 
 

can old horse be retrained?

Post by Eileen G. Morg » Wed, 21 Jan 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

>Oh, ha ha, Mira and Eileen (who bought extra horses for their
>sweethearts to ride)
>Have these men even been near the horses or was it just a good excuse to
>get an extra horse to ride yourselves, I wonder?
>-Before you flame me, review your own messages.-

Hey Bonnie--
yeah, Ed rides his pony some. I'm making no claims to a huge convert!
We met because he found out through a mutual friend I had horses and
asked if I could take him riding some, so I used to give him a lesson
or two and thien take him out on trial way back when. So he was
already interested. He likes to go hang out with Doc in the paddock
and have conversation with him, and sometimes he ambles out at night
to groom him. We also split the chorse, so we both feed, muck, etc.

This year--his first with the horse--he rode more at first than now.
But some of that was because we bought a tumbled down farm, and with
both of us going to grad school and him with a full time job on top,
we've been busy busy busy. I think next summer, when every available
daylight hour is not spent building fence, stalls, residing the barn,
clearing garbage from the property, etc etc etc it'll be easier to get
the riding fit in!

I wqas out of work this summer, so I got lots of riding in :)
And though I'mm full time between to part times now, I work
afternoon-evenings, so I have daylight to ride. Makes a big
difference.

 :) See? No flames!

eileen morgan
The Mare's Nest