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    07-13-2011, 09:39 PM
  #51
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Originally Posted by KeroKero    
I see in that video that he is using a stick to help him with the horse, I've seen that in other videos too - maybe that would also be a good idea to give me some extra reach, tap his feet, etc.

Can anyone see any reason I can't just run out to a hardware store, buy a 3 foot stick/pole, and wrap one end in electric tape? Not fancy but this is something I could do in 5 minutes, and might be really useful - any tips for making my own training stick?
I'm glad you kept him also, I'm sure once you get his respect everything will fall into place.
As for the training stick, I don't know about making one, but I bought mine here for probably only a little more then it would cost to make one and I've been very happy with it Training Stick with String - Sticks \
They also have rope halters, which I have one of also. Also much cheaper then the trainers brands but I find then comparable. Firm Polyester Halter Cord
     
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    07-14-2011, 12:12 AM
  #52
Yearling
Somebody told me once where you could buy fiberglass tubes like that but I don't remember where anymore. Don't snowplow/dumptrucks have tubes like that on the edges of their front bumpers?
KeroKero don't get anything that will break or splinter like a wooden dowell (sp?)
A lady who leased one of my horses a while back found a complete stick with string for $10 at a trade show during a horse-type event around here, don't recall whether fair, equine affair, Congress or other big show.
     
    07-14-2011, 01:02 PM
  #53
Green Broke
I agree, personally I like a dressage whip because it is lighter than a stick would be and has a bend to it. You could also buy a lounge whip or a cheap knock off of the training stick like posted ^
     
    07-14-2011, 01:29 PM
  #54
Green Broke
Awww glad you're keeping him!! :) I too rescued my mare and was a "newbie" a short 2 1/2 years ago (I've been riding for 4 1/2 years now, was never around horses before then but always loved them and wanted one)! When I got my mare, I had been taking lessons for about 2 years and had half leased my trainer's horse for a few months. I also made sure I had a great network of friends at my barn to help me, knowledgeable trainer, and a great BO! Then I set out and absorbed any info I could on horses in general, training (my horse was also green broke when I got her!), health, grooming, etc etc. Subscribe to a few magazines if you don't already - I have learned a TON of Equus, Horse Illustrated, and Practical Horseman! I have also been a big fan of searching the web, asking questions on forums like this, and reading LOTS of horsey books either from my local library or from the book store.

You'll learn a LOT and you'll find that you'll never STOP learning, but it is definitely possible for a greenie to train/learn with another greenie, as long as the horse is safe and willing which it sounds like he is :) Ask lots of questions and learn from many...you'll find that there are a TON of opinions in the horse world and that not every bit of advice is going to work for you/your horse. They're individuals just like us and there are no such things as general blanket statements in the horse world, trust me on that one!

Good luck with your new endeavor and we're all here for you to pick our brains!
     
    07-14-2011, 01:39 PM
  #55
Foal
Congratulations on your new horse! It can be very overwhelming however I agree with gigem88 you need to find a good trainer that can help you. When you find a really good trainer you can work with it is like finding gold...he or she will help you so much...I am speaking from experience.
     
    07-17-2011, 12:36 AM
  #56
Foal
I just saw the "Buck" documentary and he said in it, "the average person can be excellent with horses"...or something of that nature anyway....don't quote me :)
I am new to horses too and am loving every new learning experience! I am so happy for you, he looks fabulous. I am sure you will do great with him.
     
    07-17-2011, 04:19 PM
  #57
Weanling
Wow he's a total cutie pie. He looks like he was left a stallion for a long time tho.
Hopefully he is not proud cut... I'm sure that you will have NO trouble finding him a good home. He's a doll baby and since my computer is out and I can't read the last two pages of replies did you think of trying to rent a pasture space for him in the summer that might be closer to home? I'm sure with the cold Canadian winters you'd want a stall but in the winter but you might be able to find someone with a small acreage that will allow you to keep him on pasture a lot cheaper than in a stall at a barn. Well hope all goes well whatever happens :)
     
    07-17-2011, 04:49 PM
  #58
Weanling
Ok computer just came back on after the storm LOL I see that you have decided to keep him. Bravo. I think things will work out for you just read alot research alot and don't be afraid to ask questions. There are many helpful folks around here that are always willing to help a fellow horsey person.

you might be able to find a trainer that would come out once or twice a month and give you and your horse both lessons and homework to work on until next time.

EBAY is THE greatest place to go for used tack as they have a lot of stuff for pretty cheap prices. I know they have specific draft horse tack too. Good luch and please keep us posted on how he does. I think he is GORGEOUS BTW :)

OH and PS I think a horse that big is intimidating to almost everyone. I was raised with Arabians that are generally smallish like 13hh to 14.2hh and when I got my big Warmblood gelding HE TOTALLY INTIMATED ME. Norman is 17hh just the size of a guy that big is a little scary, but now I'm used to him and we get along great everything is fine and I LOVE having a big horse :)
     

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