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post #1 of 53 Old 07-21-2012, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Question Has anyone trained their own horse succesfully?

I have heard alott and i mean alotttt of negative things said about people training their own horses!! i just want to hear from people who have owned an untrained horse and trained their own horse(or attempted to)
id love to hear your stories and oppinions about this topic please reply
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post #2 of 53 Old 07-21-2012, 07:26 PM
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I got Josie as a 10 yr old sit in a stall horse. I trained her in enlish/western show and rodeo and we did great before i retired her.

I also raised Charlie from newborn to now, trained him in the same as Josie, as well as doing competitive trail, horse soccer, sorting, cutting, penning etc.
hes the most amazing horse ive ever owned. ive won countless competitions on him and had more than one person offer to buy him (as if hes my baby)
ive also helped train my mothers 2 horses and my trainers 4. and helped fix problem horses/start colts for others.

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post #3 of 53 Old 07-21-2012, 07:32 PM
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I have been effectively training all my own horses (and some for other folks) since I was 14.

HOWEVER, I was raised by a professional trainer and I did all my first horses under his guidance. Even now, almost 15 years later, I still seek his help/advice frequently.

IMHO, no ordinary person should take on the responsibility of training their horse on their own. Anyone who wants to needs to work with a trainer to learn how to do it properly and then continue to work with the trainer so that they will be available when questions or problems come up (and they will).

I don't want you to take this the wrong way, but I have seen more horses permanently ruined by well meaning people who just didn't know what they were doing than anything else.

If you don't already know how to do it, get help from someone who does.
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People only have objections when owners aren't qualified to train their own horses but think they are.

I'm training Excel for eventing; before that he was raced until five. Lenox I started over with, as she hadn't been given a very nice start. I've backed and started a few older mares for a friend to try and make them more marketable when she went to sell them, but if I were training an unstarted horse for myself I would no doubt seek guidance from a qualified trainer.
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post #5 of 53 Old 07-21-2012, 08:03 PM
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I've been training my own horses since I was 13. Yes successfully.

At 14 and 15 I was breaking horses for friends/family. Successfully.

Now im 23 and much wiser. I break instead of bend now. Lol. Any future horses that need training will be send to my trainer. Its easier that way.

I have the reputation around our show area as "the girl who'll ride anything" which was true back in the day. I used to love a challenge. Im wiser now. Lol.

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post #6 of 53 Old 07-21-2012, 08:15 PM
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I trained my BLM mustang Modoc. He was 5 years old when i got him & straight out of the wild. It took a little while but was well worth it. Modoc 5-13-2012 001.jpg

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I train horses and always have. You learn a a lot, especially if you can do it under good guidance from professionals.

There is defintly a growing over dependence on trainers these days.

As a kid I couldn't afford schoolmaster so I trained my own and it taught me a lot, invaluable actually. Now I can say I've won a national title on a horse I produced myslef, it's very rewarding .

I also work with a lot of wild horses, especially stallions strait from muster, love love love it. If your going to train your own though, make sure you get as much inputband advice as you possibly can.
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When I was thirteen I got a rising two year old, with only a week's worth of handling ever.

I taught her to do everything, lead well, pick up feet, be washed. When she was almost three I started riding her lightly. By the time she was five she had great basic dressage skills, she was starting to jump both small pole jumps and cross country style jumps and would go out quietly on trails alone or with others.

I'd never had an instructor with her because where I lived pretty much the only instructors you get are for riding. I'd leased a very highly strung, untrained TB before getting her. When we got an instructor out for help with the TB, they said "I can't teach you anything until you get your horse under control and working quietly", so until I got her going well under saddle it wasn't really worth getting help.

In the end I sold her when she was almost six. The owner could ride but wasn't too experienced, but with instruction she built on the basic dressage and now competes in lowish level dressage and rides a lot in adult riding club. I think all in all it was a success.

Looking back, with what I know now, I cannot believe my parents let me get a 2 year old as a 13 year old. Even my mum can't believe it knowing what she now knows about horses. I was so young and not really experienced enough at all. I was so lucky to get such a quiet, smart horse though, any other horse and perhaps I'd be dead now. I was a good kid, I always had common sense and would think things through, I was well read but still nowhere near ready for something that young.

Its not just the skill needed for training horses, it's also the dedication for years of repetitive constant work. Training horses isn't essentially that hard really if you've got a quiet horse, but when things go wrong, they can go really wrong, and they can go wrong so easily if you don't know what you're doing. I also know few people who really have the time and dedication to train a horse.

Although not all people share my opinion, I believe that young horses need constant training, maybe half an hour of groundwork, half an hour of ridden every day, for a year or more. Few people, besides professional horse people, seem to have the ongoing dedication to do that while their life is going on. They think they do, but then they skip one day for a family BBQ, or to go to the coast, or the movies, or they sleep in on Sunday, and it all adds up.

I'd never buy an unbroken horse again.
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Originally Posted by Saskia View Post
Training horses isn't essentially that hard really if you've got a quiet horse, but when things go wrong, they can go really wrong, and they can go wrong so easily if you don't know what you're doing.

That was exactly my point, but you wrote it better. Things go wrong so quickly and if you can't see them coming (which most folks can't), then they go really wrong. All it really takes for a young horse in training is for things to go really wrong once. After that, then things get exponentially harder for everyone involved. Sometimes the horses never truly get over it.
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Yep I've re-started Sky all on my own, but I was taking lessons along the way. Very successfully but he's still a work in progress.

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