If you’ve stumbled upon this one of about 9.7 bazillion blogs in the world as a bored 9-5er or browsing horse fanatic, welcome. If you’ve wandered over here because you are a non-horsey friend or relative, I’m sorry. Er. I hope you learn something?
I am a former hunter/general English riding mutt who recently purchased a very green, 7-year-old Thoroughbred/Percheron mare. She was a sort of rescue at age three, when she was found very neglected on a farm in MI. She’s big. She’s a temperamental, overly sensitive girl. And I broke her myself about a year and a half ago, at which point she had little to no experience with people, handling, or anything not involving grass.
What the hell was I thinking?
That’s a very good question. While I am in the process of working out the answer, I am trying to teach both of us the basics beyond stop, go, and turn. Though I spent a lot of time growing up clinging to fast and tough adult horses, and a little time breaking Thoroughbred babies, I’ve got no experience teaching a fully mature adult everything they need to know to function.
I hope this blog will be a journal of our training progress. Ultimately I’d like to event with her, but am fully accepting of the fact that this is a long term goal.
Like, sometime before I retire would be great.
This is a place for quandaries, rants and raves and I hope some of it, somewhere along the way will be of amusement.