I am in the process of possibly
adopting a 13 year old Thorough Bred that has been in pasture for 5 years. Do
you think I will have any problems. I have not made up my mind yet because I am
not sure how horses do coming out of pasture and then going to being ridden on
a regular basis.
Any information would
be greatly appreciated.
No one could possibly know if
this particular horse will take to riding after 5 years on pasture. I can tell
you a couple of things that should be helpful as you consider the possibility
basic veterinary exam would reveal if the horse had any obvious unsoundness or
defect that would prevent it from being ridden or worked. If the horse passed
a basic health exam, then the next step would be for you to evaluate the horse's
level of training and determine how much of the schooling the horse retained.
a horse should be approached as if it was an untrained, unconditioned horse. That
is, you would want to start from square one and review the very most basic lessons
with the horse before even thinking about riding the horse. One of my favorite
checklists in the In-Hand
you work through these items which might take days, weeks or months, you will
be getting to know the horse and giving the horse training and exercise. Then
you would want to introduce tack and longeing and/or ground driving. All along
the way, you will be increasing the horse's fitness of leg and lung and learning
valuable things about the horse that would help you make your decision.
is very possible that given the right reintroduction to work, the horse could
be a very suitable mount. It could also be very possible that the horse has some
unknown physical or behavioral trait that would make it unsuitable. Only by using
a systematic method of evaluation will you be able to uncover the clues.
best wishes to you on your possible project,