Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: west palm beach, fl
thank you for your explanation of the hackamore, however your evaluation of my personal experience is wrong, full of assumptions, ad offensive.
I agree, I don't want him started to actually running barrels yet. However, BIG circles, im talking meters, around the barrels, at a trot, not a big deal. Even according to my TRAINER.
This horse, stops on a dime, even from a lope. He backs evenly, if not quickly.
This horse and a bit......are right now, not a match. His previous owner was ROUGH with her hands. The horse has no topline, because riding meant gaping mouth, lolling tongue, giraffe moves. She stopped him with her hands at her shoulders. It was painfull to watch.
The first time I put this hackamore on him, it took an HOUR. He reared, he struck out, he wanted nothing to do with it. He heard jingles and said UH UH. She used to sedate him to tack him up, 13 pills to ride. The horse was a NUTCASE about tack, halters, etc after two weeks with her. She got his halter on, and it stayed on for 2 months at one poit because she "didnt want to go through the trouble of putting it on again" the horse had oozy sores from the nylon.
Its taken patience, practice and lots of time to get him to let me put that headstall over his head the first time.
He has come a VERY long way in four months. Between the teen girl, and myself. Also, this horse isnt going to "run" barrels. He's not going for a buckle, and probably will never see the rodeo pen. For fun, yes. To teach little kids (eventually, maybe) yes. He's going to have an easy relaxed life from now on. Mostly trails, some beginner english lessons, some beginner western pleasure and barrel lessons, MOSTLY my fiance's oversized dog/horse.
I appreciate FRIENDLY advice. But if your going to be demeaning, make assumptions, or just generally bash, can ya try to clean it up first?
Last edited by SouthernTrails; 06-12-2013 at 04:31 PM.