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post #21 of 50 Old 05-22-2013, 04:21 PM
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First off - I know less than nothing about reining so if I was to want to get into that sport the best thing for me would be to buy a ready made horse - if I wanted to get into jumping from scratch buying a totally green horse would be a terrible mistake as it would be like the blind leading the blind with neither of us giving any confidence to the other.
As I've gotten older the appeal of starting out a young horse has really faded away - I want to enjoy stuff now not next year!!!
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post #22 of 50 Old 05-22-2013, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Slight correction, Ace is now just a lawn mower So yes, Ben and Emmy are my sort of now horses, with Wills waiting in the wings, Angel, well who knows, we have another year before I have to worry about her, can't wait.

Cody, well he is a wait and see right now.
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post #23 of 50 Old 05-22-2013, 04:56 PM
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Slight correction, Ace is now just a lawn mower
Oh what happened there? Did she retire?

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Yup, she is retired, years of baby making have left her sway backed, and out of shape. She wasn't very happy with me riding her when I was at my lightest, and there is no way I would ask her to carry a heavier rider. The lady at her summer home is a small light person, and she goes for the odd walk with her, but mainly Ace just gets to hang out and do her thing.
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post #25 of 50 Old 05-22-2013, 06:14 PM
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I think there is any shame in buying a "made" or "push button" horse. So many people have this idea that doing everything yourself is the only way to go, and I don't understand that. Yes, its neat to say I did X, Y and Z, but it doesn't make you anymore or a horseman. Likewise I don't think any less of someone who opts to buy a "made" horse.
Personally, I'm done with riding other people's projects. After I got Skippy to where she is, that push button type, I realized I took more enjoyment in actually ENJOYING her then I did retraining her. It's nice to say "yeah, I did that", but it's nicer to have a partner that's on the same page as you that you can trust.

When I'm ready to buy my horse I'm going for a finished reiner, MAYBE a well broke horse who has all the move there but needs perfecting. I don't want anything that needs training. Will I take on a project again? Absolutely, but it always nice to have a horse that you can enjoy without worrying about X, Y and Z.
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I personally like creating my own horses but I find that the fun part and find it boring to ride finished horses all the time but that's just me
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I don't think training ever ends, even on a finished horse. You might have a finished reiner who does everything with little effort from a rider but there is ALWAYS things that can be improved, for both rider and horse. I find a lot of people who buy finishes horses have less knowledge then their horses do. Then they tell me "I'm working on X with him", well he will do X (along with the entire alphabet) if only you were asking him the right way. A horse education and ALWAYS be improved. It could be riding bridleless, getting you barrel horse into some pleasure training or your jumper into some dressage training. Even work on the ground! My friend taught her horse to come to her, line himself up at the mounting block (or bench or truck bed or picnic table) and get closer when she say "your to far away". Tell me how many finished horses will do that?
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I don't think training ever ends, even on a finished horse. You might have a finished reiner who does everything with little effort from a rider but there is ALWAYS things that can be improved, for both rider and horse. I find a lot of people who buy finishes horses have less knowledge then their horses do. Then they tell me "I'm working on X with him", well he will do X (along with the entire alphabet) if only you were asking him the right way. A horse education and ALWAYS be improved. It could be riding bridleless, getting you barrel horse into some pleasure training or your jumper into some dressage training. Even work on the ground! My friend taught her horse to come to her, line himself up at the mounting block (or bench or truck bed or picnic table) and get closer when she say "your to far away". Tell me how many finished horses will do that?
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The best thing I've ever taught my horse was to "line up" to anything and everything, so when I get off on the trail, I can easily hop back on.
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I think maybe I have to wonder if I have reached the age that I should be riding boring hotses
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post #30 of 50 Old 05-23-2013, 10:24 PM
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I meant to buy a finished horse. But I was impatient and choices were limited without expanding my search area, so I bought a horse with the (very) basics and a gentle, eager to please temperament instead. I don't regret it and we have both learned a lot, but I still need more lessons on those finished push button horses myself so I can take that back and train my gelding to improve his skills.

Count me in the group that would rather enjoy riding a well trained horse than doing all the basics. As your first point says, training is never really over, but I'd rather work on refining and polishing myself and my riding horse than creating one from scratch again.
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