Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
6 years ago I had no intention or clue about owning a horse. Then the wife asked to "just go look" at one. That's where it all started.
We got Copper and when we took him to a barn, that's where I got Lucy at 6 weeks old.
That first year, I studied books and magazines, watched videos, had a little help from a local trainer, and watched as many Clinton Anderson tv shows I could. Basically taught myself. We also got Ghost that year who was the same age as Lucy.
By the time Ghost was 2 1/2, I felt I had a good understanding and started him on my own. He's 6 now and is a pretty good horse. I wasn't very consistent working him. Only for the first few months, then it was just every other weekend at most. He still has manageable issues but they are there. I did take him on a trip into the badlands 3/4 year after I started him and he did exceptional to me. I think he's a success still in the works.
I never really started Lucy. Just messed around with her over the years. I left her alone until she was three because she was stepped on shortly after birth. When I did mess with her, I "started" her, she was bitless from the beginning.
I'm not a professional trainer but have had success working with other peoples horses too. The local trainer that helped guide me some, not very much because he was hardly around, said that I was a natural. So things did come easily for me.
Right now I'm helping another friend start his horse, my third one. He's coming alone pretty well.
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