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post #31 of 53 Old 07-22-2012, 06:04 PM
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Even if the horse is fully trained by a professional, if the owner doesn't know how to deal with the horse or discipline them, the horse will develope bad habits. It's not the trainer that didn't do their job, it's the owner.
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post #32 of 53 Old 07-22-2012, 06:35 PM
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I have trained a few from the ground up to having about thirty rides on them. I have halter trained etc several wild horses of various ages for people. I love that 'aha' moment that they have when they get what your trying to tell them. I have a twh stallion that I got when he was six months old and starving. He is the sweetest thing and my 8 yr old lightly rides him in the pasture with a hackamore. We already have him neckreining and backing up nicely. We really enjoy teaching them, and one of the benefits is knowing what all that horse has been through. Most buyers don't get that kind of info when they buy a horse.
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post #33 of 53 Old 07-22-2012, 06:55 PM
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I had a hand in my big gelding's training -- he was born on my uncle's farm and he decided to use Dio as a way to teach me about imprinting and starting foals, and then when he was ready to be saddle broke (by that point he was mine), I had him sent to a trainer who was more than happy to "train" me at the same time, explaining everything he did, why, how, and then letting me try.

My two younger boys, Bandit and Dante, were both born to my mare, and I took all that knowledge from raising and training Dio to bring them both up to where they are now -- able to carry a saddle and rider at a walk (Due to their size, I wasn't overly concerned with saddle breaking), just putting the finishing touches on their cart training, and so quiet and well-mannered on the ground that a friend's 9-year-old sister shows them in halter classes with a moderate amount of success. I had another uncle that used to break/drive drafts, and he answered a few questions for me on that front, as well as referring back to Dio's training and a few other tips and tricks I've learned along the way.
Of course, I was lucky -- both boys have the personality of saints to begin with, and were very patient with me from day one.

I've also done some minor training with other's horses (breaking bad habits, ground work, stuff like that), and a few locals have discovered that I'm willing to hop on any horse and "ride the buck out"/work with them to accept a rider, though I don't train any but my own from start to finish. I just don't have the means or the facilities, haha. I do a lot of people-training, though!
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post #34 of 53 Old 07-22-2012, 06:56 PM
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I have trained many horses very successfully. But it did take years of hard work, and at times showing tough love to my horses. I apprenticed under many a good trainer in my teens and was always around horses any time I wasn't in school. Now, horses are how I make my living. Here is a few pictures of a mustang I now perform on. His name is Bravo. Don't get discouraged, if there's a will, there's a way. You can learn from anyone, even if what you learn is what not to do.
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post #35 of 53 Old 07-22-2012, 07:04 PM
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I have done it. I'm proud to say this is my horse and my doing when we come out of the ring with a ribbon. It's not easy though. I have been tossing around with idea about my next horse. Do I want trained and show ready or do I want another project?

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post #36 of 53 Old 07-22-2012, 07:57 PM
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I have done gypsys training myself. Its not easy though, you don't always get to go have fun, you have to work [which for the most part I enjoy, but I love training my horses] and you have to be strict even if you don't feel like it. I got gypsy basically unhandled [did not know how to lead, they lead her by her ear] now she's an event horse and is great to handle, but it took tons of work.

Heres a pic of her ground tying and a pic of her jumping =]
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post #37 of 53 Old 07-22-2012, 07:59 PM
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i have done gypsys training myself. Its not easy though, you don't always get to go have fun, you have to work [which for the most part I enjoy, but I love training my horses] and you have to be strict even if you don't feel like it. I got gypsy basically unhandled [did not know how to lead, they lead her by her ear] now she's an event horse and is great to handle, but it took tons of work.

Heres a pic of her ground tying and a pic of her jumping =]
AWESOME jump picture!!
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post #38 of 53 Old 07-22-2012, 08:01 PM
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AWESOME jump picture!!
thanks, she definitely loves her job !

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post #39 of 53 Old 07-22-2012, 09:28 PM
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I think most of the trainers have it already.
I grew up with horses, and learned under some incredible trainers that have shown to the National (US and Canada) level in all sorts of events. Mentors like that are crucial.
You take some things from one trainer, another way from a different trainer, and make it work into your own program, which even then is different per horse.
The thing about training, is you NEVER stop learning. It's a constant learning curve.
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post #40 of 53 Old 07-23-2012, 01:58 AM
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Define successfully. We are still on that road. Me and my 3 y/o haflinger mare. Got her last year and have already gone pretty far, from afraid of literally everything, not halter broke, hadn't been even touched in a year to she follows me over and through obstacles, lunges both directions, ground drives(well sorta), does showmanship at liberty, great for farrier, has had people on her back(more of just sitting on her back or being led around), been saddled, bridled, and have gone to a couple shows. She is my baby and she is also a wonderful training project, it seems she does everything she can to push my buttons without being dangerous. I mean I'm sure that pony knows that I want her mane and tail to be all long and flowing, so she rubs her mane and stains her white tail yellow. Yep, sounds like Delilah, she'll do the weirdest things, and has taught me so much while I teach her. The first thing she taught me is the exact same quote I read somewhere.
"If your horse said no, you either asked the wrong question, or asked the question wrong." The second thing I learned from that pony. "Always check that you plugged in the Electric fence when you leave or unplugged it when you try and fix it" One way you get to chase a horse, the other you get hit with a 100 mile fencer on 50 yards of fence


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