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        08-23-2012, 05:12 PM
      #11
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    Roberto - I love Baby Girl's build, I was thinking about showing Chief in western disciplines, but he needs a LOT of work for that.
         
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        08-23-2012, 05:16 PM
      #12
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    Originally Posted by Get up and go    
    They are both cuties! You don't really need Blackjack do you? You can just send him on down to Louisiana(:
    Thanks! BlackJack is my horsey soul-mate so he won't be going anywhere! Lol. I've owned him for 8 years (since I was 16) and he will be with me for life :)
         
        08-23-2012, 05:19 PM
      #13
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    Originally Posted by Aiya    
    Thanks! BlackJack is my horsey soul-mate so he won't be going anywhere! Lol. I've owned him for 8 years (since I was 16) and he will be with me for life :)
    I'm hoping to have Chief for the rest of his life too. I've had him for a month now. He's four and I'm fifteen, so we should have a good while to get closer to have some fun(:
         
        08-23-2012, 05:33 PM
      #14
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    Yes Get up and Go, it does take a lot of work. Option 1 is to buy them ready to show - large amount of cash, which I did not have. Option 2 - by a green horse with issues - then put a lot of time and cash into them. Takes a bit longer to reach your goals with Option 2, but it's also kind of like a payment plan. We are heading to our last big show of the season and I've had her in training with a trainer ($700 a month) for the last 6 months. We'll be somewhat taking the fall off, September through December or maybe January, not full time training, but me taking about 4 lessons a month and then put her back in full time training starting in January of February of 2013.
         
        08-23-2012, 05:46 PM
      #15
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    Originally Posted by Roberto    
    Yes Get up and Go, it does take a lot of work. Option 1 is to buy them ready to show - large amount of cash, which I did not have. Option 2 - by a green horse with issues - then put a lot of time and cash into them. Takes a bit longer to reach your goals with Option 2, but it's also kind of like a payment plan. We are heading to our last big show of the season and I've had her in training with a trainer ($700 a month) for the last 6 months. We'll be somewhat taking the fall off, September through December or maybe January, not full time training, but me taking about 4 lessons a month and then put her back in full time training starting in January of February of 2013.
    Yes, Chief is green. I don't plan on really doing much with a trainer mainly because of the cost of it. Are there certain groundwork exercises you do frequently that really make a difference?
         
        08-23-2012, 05:55 PM
      #16
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    [QUOTE=Get up and go;1657500Are there certain groundwork exercises you do frequently that really make a difference?[/QUOTE]

    Simon is only 3 and I've been doing a lot of groundwork exercises and just spending time with him so we can bond. I would just bring him into the arena and play around, walk over the bridge, play with a tarp and a big ball, weave through cones, etc. Going on in-hand trail "rides" is a lot of fun too!

    I just made everything fun and showed him that nothing is really scary if he trusts me! Once your horse trusts you, they will do anything you ask because they know nothing will hurt them! Simon was so easy to break because of all of our groundwork, I just sat on him and off we went like he'd been doing it for years :)
         
        08-23-2012, 06:01 PM
      #17
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    Originally Posted by Aiya    
    Simon is only 3 and I've been doing a lot of groundwork exercises and just spending time with him so we can bond. I would just bring him into the arena and play around, walk over the bridge, play with a tarp and a big ball, weave through cones, etc. Going on in-hand trail "rides" is a lot of fun too!

    I just made everything fun and showed him that nothing is really scary if he trusts me! Once your horse trusts you, they will do anything you ask because they know nothing will hurt them! Simon was so easy to break because of all of our groundwork, I just sat on him and off we went like he'd been doing it for years :)

    Aw, that's cool! I don't have to worry about starting him, thank goodness, but he definitely needs training. It would be nice if I had somewhere to bring him that didn't have grass so there were no distractions. How long did it take him to actually trust you?
         
        08-23-2012, 06:08 PM
      #18
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    Sorry Get up and Go I hit the send button before we went into option 3. You should participate in your local shows. There's probably 4-H shows and maybe some local schooling shows near you? The entry fees for these local shows are usually only about $5- $9 a class. That's what they are here California and we've got to be one of the most expensive states in the union when it comes to the cost of living, sheesh!

    Ground exercises??? Do you mean for teaching your horse to set up? There's probably some really good videos on You Tube. How I started with my horse, was to first teach her to set her back legs and then set her front legs. When you are moving your horses legs, you want to practice going from really using a lot of pressure on the lead to as little as possible to move that leg. You also need to look at the leg you want moved and where you want it to go. You need to be firm but soft at the same time. Now, when I come to a stop and turn and face back looking at my horse (along the length of her body to her back end), she automatically set's her back legs and I may have to just move one front leg a smidgeon. This did not occurr overnight for me and my horse. My trainer says, she and I are like two little kids in the back seat of a car on a long drive. "she's looking at me, she touched me, she's looking out my window!" You get the idea. Sometimes I have to step-a-way from the horse.

    Ground exercises for getting them in shape? First and most important I think is to make sure your horse is carrying himself properly. Not going below the vertical and not letting them carry their head to high. You want them to round up and lift their tummy into their back bone. It's hard to give proper advice without being present. Because it also needs to incorporate you using your body correctly and your hands. You really need someone knowledgeable and there to help, I think. But maybe one of the other posters on here can work you through it.
         
        08-23-2012, 06:15 PM
      #19
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    I'm really looking forward to doing some local shows once I get some more riding time on him. Trying to get him squared up the other day was a hard task, but it was the first time he'd ever done it and he was trying. Getting him to keep his head down shouldn't be too hard, but I think that's the only thing I don't particularly care for about western pleasure, I just think they look happier with their heads high.
         
        08-23-2012, 06:18 PM
      #20
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    I'm not really too sure how long it took but I did notice recently how much he's grown to trust me. I'll try to keep my story short!

    I had Simon boarded at my friend's place for about a year when I first got him and she didn't have many facilities where I could work with him so he wasn't really responding to me much. I wasn't able to visit him and work with him as much as I would have liked.

    I decided to move him to my current boarding barn and we had a lot of trouble getting him on the trailer. He didn't want to go in and he was just being defiant. He wasn't scared but I could tell he didn't trust me or the whole situation.

    Once I got him to the new place I started doing lots of groundwork! Like I mentioned, we played with toys and did all sorts of crazy things lol. It's been a year and I know he trusts me now! Last weekend I decided to take him to a clinic with me and the whole trailer thing came up again! Well, the time I spent bonding with Simon really paid off, he walked right on the trailer like it was no big deal! I was so proud of him :)

    Of course, the more time you spend with your horse, the more they will bond with you and I would say all horses are different so I'm sure the time it takes will depend on their personality.
         

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