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    05-19-2010, 10:03 AM
  #1
Foal
My horse was just sent to the trainers....

I would like some feedback on how to be very confident with riding my horse when he returns. He spooked me a couple times when I was riding him and do not want to be this way any longer. Hopefully he will come back from the trainers ready to ride and I do not want to be scared. Any thoughts?
     
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    05-19-2010, 10:08 AM
  #2
Showing
I'm a little troubled as to why you're not taking lessons while your horse is being retrained.

Usually, a trainer wants the owner to ride a schoolmaster while their horse is being retrained. Then they'll want you to ride your own horse under their supervision.

Sending a horse off without also training the rider how to deal with the animal in a controlled setting is nothing more than an accident waiting to happen.

While the horse may get a new mindset, the rider doesn't. Which will lead to the animal regressing back to the way he was before he was sent to the trainer.

Training is a two part deal. Both horse and rider need to be trained as a team.
     
    05-19-2010, 10:24 AM
  #3
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
I'm a little troubled as to why you're not taking lessons while your horse is being retrained.

Usually, a trainer wants the owner to ride a schoolmaster while their horse is being retrained. Then they'll want you to ride your own horse under their supervision.

Sending a horse off without also training the rider how to deal with the animal in a controlled setting is nothing more than an accident waiting to happen.

While the horse may get a new mindset, the rider doesn't. Which will lead to the animal regressing back to the way he was before he was sent to the trainer.

Training is a two part deal. Both horse and rider need to be trained as a team.
I totally agree. When I take a horse in for training. I will have the owner ride my lesson horse a couple times a week. This way you can get the feel for how I train... no two riders ride the same. (I may train way different than what you are used to. So if you were to send me your horse and not take lessons under me... you could get your horse back and have no idea the cues he/she has. And your right back to square one.)
Then when I think your horses is ready... I will give you lessons on your own horse a couple times a week.
     
    05-19-2010, 10:25 AM
  #4
Foal
I understand what you mean.....I failed to mention I am to be included in the training process with my horse, hopefully this will build my confidence. Also he is not being retrained just trained. He is not a problem horse just needs a good foundation of consistent riding and reinforcement of cues. He has never been aggressive or bucked, reared etc.
     
    05-19-2010, 10:29 AM
  #5
Showing
That's good, then. It worries me when people send their horses off without getting training themselves.

So, if he's never been previously trained under saddle, why were you trying to ride him?

I can understand why you'd be afraid of him in that situation, because an untrained animal has no clue what you want and can be dangerously unpredictable.

Heck, trained horses can be unpredictable, but if they have a good, solid foundation of training they're usually quickly brought back under control.
     
    05-19-2010, 11:02 AM
  #6
Foal
Good questions...Last summer we bought the horse from a lady who spent more money on her alcohol then her horses(tried to give 2 others away). Anyways at the time my teenage step daughter lived with us and is the one who knows the most about horses amongst the family(been in riding lessons since she was a child). I have been riding on and off all my life, but never trained one, and we all know how different that is. Soooo....she and I spent from June until January doing basic ground work(after we had a trainer come out). When we got the ok from the vet to begin him under saddle. She became the original rider. She rode him from January until mid Febuary, about 4 times a week, however she has moved on and is no longer living with us.That left me who had not ridden him more then 2 times at that point. He is green and I was nervous. He did fine in indoor arena, but became quite jiggy in outside corral, which made me nervous(which I know is not good). He actually acted pretty normal considering his experience. So now he is at trainers, working on ground work and saddle. In trainers assessment he stated ground work definitely before we moved to his back. So I am not sure if it means he is bieng trained or retrained...lol Does that make sense?
     
    05-19-2010, 02:29 PM
  #7
Showing
Yep, perfect sense.

So basically, the trainer's saying they're going back to ground zero and treating this horse as if he's never been under saddle in his life. A lot of trainers do this, and I like it.

It 'unteaches' the horse any bad habits he may have picked up, as well as setting down a good foundation of ground work before there's any under saddle training done.

I don't know your trainer, but I'm impressed. They certainly seem to know what they're doing.

Good luck with your horse. I'm sure once the kinks are worked out, you two are going to make a fine team.
     
    05-19-2010, 02:48 PM
  #8
Foal
That is good to know :)Also after your first reply I signed for riding lessons at the same place, in addition to the riding I will do with my horse as part of his. Training thanks!




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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Yep, perfect sense.

So basically, the trainer's saying they're going back to ground zero and treating this horse as if he's never been under saddle in his life. A lot of trainers do this, and I like it.

It 'unteaches' the horse any bad habits he may have picked up, as well as setting down a good foundation of ground work before there's any under saddle training done.

I don't know your trainer, but I'm impressed. They certainly seem to know what they're doing.

Good luck with your horse. I'm sure once the kinks are worked out, you two are going to make a fine team.
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    05-19-2010, 05:32 PM
  #9
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
I'm a little troubled as to why you're not taking lessons while your horse is being retrained.

Usually, a trainer wants the owner to ride a schoolmaster while their horse is being retrained. Then they'll want you to ride your own horse under their supervision.

Sending a horse off without also training the rider how to deal with the animal in a controlled setting is nothing more than an accident waiting to happen.

While the horse may get a new mindset, the rider doesn't. Which will lead to the animal regressing back to the way he was before he was sent to the trainer.

Training is a two part deal. Both horse and rider need to be trained as a team.
An excellent reply.

You do realize that ALL horses spook right. A horse is a horse and they have a natural flight or fight instinct.

All while we are great riders, we have all been in your shoes at one point or another into the beginning of our riding careers. The only way to become seasoned as a rider(which means handle spooky situations among a few things), is to ride a lot and all sorts of horses.

As suggested, find yourself a good trainer and take as many lessons as you can. Try to find a place that will let you ride all sorts of horses and learn that way. You'll do just fine
     
    05-19-2010, 08:08 PM
  #10
Foal
Hopefully will start my riding lessons before the end of the week. :)

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Originally Posted by My2Geldings    
An excellent reply.

You do realize that ALL horses spook right. A horse is a horse and they have a natural flight or fight instinct.

All while we are great riders, we have all been in your shoes at one point or another into the beginning of our riding careers. The only way to become seasoned as a rider(which means handle spooky situations among a few things), is to ride a lot and all sorts of horses.

As suggested, find yourself a good trainer and take as many lessons as you can. Try to find a place that will let you ride all sorts of horses and learn that way. You'll do just fine
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