New 3 year old Standerbred Gelding...WHAT WAS SHE THINKING?

@Courtom (288)
Canada
January 29, 2009 9:18am CST
Well, my 27 year old mother has done it again! LOL, I actually couldn't be happier. She got herself a free 3 year old, Sgelding named Pogue Mahone. Question is... How do I express to her the dangers of backing a horse at her age? I have volunteered myself... my body, in hopes that I will sacrifice myself and be the first person up on him. LOL, i have seen him lunged, and he seems to be quite the sensible boy. Any advice on how you know it's time? I recommended her doing some natural horsemanship to build a relationship from the ground up. Does anyone have experience with natural horsemanship? Parelli? Breaking Horses? And at what age should you start weighing the dangers of starting a horse?
4 responses
@urbandekay (18314)
30 Jan 09
Hmmmm, are we to believe your mother gave birth to you when she was 11? all the best urban
@urbandekay (18314)
30 Jan 09
Opps, I mean 9? all the best urban
@Courtom (288)
• Canada
13 Feb 09
and I mean oops 47!! lol
@ShepherdSpy (8563)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
29 Jan 09
You DO know the origin of his name,right?
@Courtom (288)
• Canada
13 Feb 09
his name means: Kiss my a$$
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
13 Feb 09
I'm from Ireland..just checking
• United States
3 Feb 09
I'm hoping that your mom isn't 27 and that is a typo. Here are my questions: How much riding experience does your mom have? How long have you had the gelding? Do you have a roundpen/small area to start him? I would stay away from Parelli. 3 is a good age to start them if it is done properly and if the horse is physically and mentally ready. You can check out doubleatraining.net for more info.
@Courtom (288)
• Canada
13 Feb 09
yes, she is 47. She has been riding since she was a little girl. She used to be an exercise rider when she was younger, and trained Tennessee Walkers for a well known breeder in Ontario. I know that she has the experience...but I do not want her hurting herself. UPDATE: We have ridden him, and he was absolutely fine. He has a sensible head for a very green 3 year old. My new worry is that she will move to fast and try to many new things. She wants a trail horse, and I don't want her getting hurt.
@capirani (1832)
• United States
29 Jan 09
LOL Just curious...how old are you if your mother is only 27?
@Courtom (288)
• Canada
13 Feb 09
oh no!! i meant 47...lol