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post #11 of 53 Old 07-21-2012, 09:37 PM
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my cousin trained her boy under my aunt whos been in horses since she was little and shes 62 now. he can wtcg with ease but he has anxiety at shows. hes perfest riding at home. very good at anything you do with him but shes still working out kinks. hes 6 and started him at 2 1/2
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post #12 of 53 Old 07-21-2012, 09:46 PM
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My husband trains all of ours as well as for others, that said, he's also a professional and has been for 20+ years. It's too easy to mess up a young horse if it's a little headstrong if you don't have the experience to back up what you are asking it to do.
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thanks for all the feedback guy ! :) keep it coming :)
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post #14 of 53 Old 07-21-2012, 09:59 PM
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I have bred, raised, and trained a little over a hundred horses over a 20 year period, but had owned and messed with horses for 30 years before that. Normally I don't recommend people that are not extensively experienced doing their own training. One of the worst scenarios IMO is an inexperienced person or a person that has watched a couple of DVD's and attended a couple of commercial training seminars trying to train their own horse. Sometimes it works OK, but usually you end up with a messed up horse or one that has quirks and idiosyncracies, is only partially trained for each behavior, and is a future accident waiting to happen. Just my opinion, of course...
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post #15 of 53 Old 07-21-2012, 09:59 PM
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I agree totally with smrobs. My international horse I bought as a prospect and trained with the guidance of an extremely knowledgeable coach and trainer. In the future were I to train a horse for someone, and with my next horse, it will again be under her guidance. You can't train a horse without a coach yourself.
The worlds top, top riders still have coaches and collaborate regularly with other top riders on how to train and ride horses. Anyone without a coach and multiple trained horses under their belts calling themselves a trainer without working with anyone else is fooling themself and playing with fire.
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post #16 of 53 Old 07-21-2012, 10:20 PM
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I have trained my horse Bullet since I was 8 he was 3 at the time. I did it under my dad of course. He's a dream to work with. Calm, loving and sweet and he's a Stallion. (weird right?!)
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post #17 of 53 Old 07-21-2012, 10:26 PM
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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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post #18 of 53 Old 07-21-2012, 10:40 PM
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Yep I started/trained/re-trained/finished a bunch of horses for my aunt. Anytime that I ever got a new horse, it was always a project. I also had a job for awhile that I tuned up a bunch of (mostly) barrel horses. All of them were either blown up on the pattern or had issues, lol. At the same job I halter-broke a couple of foals, too.

I only ever had my aunt and magazines/books/dvds/etc. to help guide me. Most of the training was through trial and error with my aunt's 9 year old mare, though. I did, however, get many complements on her, and always had people wanting to buy her. (NOT for her looks, either. ) My aunt sent her to barrel training a couple of months ago, and the trainer even wanted to buy her. He said that she was the most responsive/light horse he's ever ridden. (It made me smile, lol.)

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post #19 of 53 Old 07-21-2012, 11:20 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. Attachment 107407

I like your mustang. I like the breed also.
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post #20 of 53 Old 07-22-2012, 03:46 AM
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Yes after years of working under a qualified trainer and helping her break her own horses. I started my own horses at 24. My trainer who is also family (Aunt) is still on speed dial and I am now 31. Magic was my first that I like to say I did on my very own but in all honesty there were a couple of very good schooling lessons and interventions from my Aunt along the way. I have had several people compliment Magics training and more people then I can count try and buy her from me. I accredit this mostly to my Aunt very solid influence in my life. I have helped to break or broken myself many horses since her, my aunt is still on speed dial. I am hoping for a 2013 foal (crossing fingers she took) last weekend I asked my Aunt and Uncle if they wanted to move in with me next spring LOL. Greatest riding compliment I ever got was from her last year. Alyna my niece and student was right about to compete in her first show. My aunt was by my side and I was giving Alyna some last minute tips and I turned to my aunt and said 'Okay tell her what you think.' And my aunt looked at me and said 'I don't need too tell her anything she has an excellent instructor, I just get to watch today.' With a big smile on her face. I nearly passed out. My aunt can be critical and she is very opinionated, of course she has a right to be she knows her stuff!
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