I helped a friend purchase a five-year-old mare, half Arabian and half Morgan. She is already green broke. She has a very kind, gentle attitude. I’m continuing her training to finish her for general riding for 12-year-old Ellie. I don’t remember ever continuing someone else’s training from green broke except for Red Dee. It felt very different to be getting on a horse started by somebody else. Everyone has a different emphasis and touch. There are a lot of unaccountable, subtle differences in both horse and trainer.
Luna was not used to standing untied in the round pen for the saddle. As I started to cinch her, she would walk off. I managed to get it tight enough anyway and took a trail ride without any preparation except grooming, She was pushy and heavy as I was using a rope halter as a bridle. Even though we never went very fast, she was hard to stop and it took some effort to get her to go where I wanted to go.
My first task with Luna is to get her to lighten up and then to encourage Ellie to have light hands.
Training Dune Day #2: First Ride
Once loose and in the pen he kept walking away from me, so I spent a little more time chasing him around the pen. After a few minutes he wanted to be close to me. I trimmed his feet and then saddled him without restraint. After taking the saddle off, I put a rope halter on him and using the lead rope for reins I jumped on bareback. Pulling on one rein, I turned around in circles, encouraging him gently to move forward. I got on and off several times. He was watching me closely but he didn’t panic or show any signs of wanting to get rid of me.