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    07-23-2012, 11:58 AM
  #41
Weanling
I have trained several of my own horses. This year I have a 2 year old that I bred raised and trained. She is riding great. And does everything I ask. But I send my horses off for a month after I have a good 6 months on them so they can get some training on cattle. I don't have any cattle.
     
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    07-23-2012, 12:16 PM
  #42
Yearling
I've started one horse completely by myself, but I've been raised and trained by my ex-trainer on how to act around young and/or green horses and have worked with freshly broke horses up until then. BUT just because you can RIDE doesn't mean you're qualified to start, train, and back a horse without a professional's help. I think before you just jump into training a horse, you have to know what you're getting into.
     
    07-25-2012, 11:40 AM
  #43
Foal
I've trained every horse I've owned... My first horse was the one I learned to ride on and we trained eachother.
     
    07-25-2012, 11:43 AM
  #44
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by Eclipse295    
Define successfully.
That is my question too.
     
    07-25-2012, 01:29 PM
  #45
Trained
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Originally Posted by Eclipse295    
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
that quote is from pat parelli
     
    10-17-2012, 06:56 PM
  #46
Foal
I stared training horse when I was 12/13 but rideing for gosh I don't know how long.I bought my first horse when I was 13.i payed for him and to keep him vet ,fairrer board ect.He was totaly green and all he knew was how to walk trot and canter.All of which where fast and kinda hard to ride.He was 7 at the time and was started really late.He has only been under saddle 6 month when I bought him.He only has one eye due to a cross tie accidents when he was six and my mom was not going to let me buy him.He was kinda nutty some time with all that Arab and saddlebred blood running threw his vains.But she gave in and I bought him.=).I stared traing him in dressage.He dose half passes,flying lead changes,and rounds up nicely ect .He also jumps!He LOVES it.It only took his jumping out fence 4 time to get it threw my thick shull thay he wanted to jump.So he jumps up to 2 1/2 3 foot.( I have not measured it.)He has made a lovely trail horse and I have started messing around with barrles with him.I done all this in less then a year. The only reson you could not train your onw horse is if you don't know what you are doing or if you a mean/rought with them.Other that that go for it!
     
    10-17-2012, 10:32 PM
  #47
Weanling
I'm going to stick my neck out and say that I'm in the process of training my horse, who is my first horse, without assistance from a professional, and I haven't had riding lessons since before I hit puberty. Fortunately I had a great deal of experience training dogs (which has more in common with horse training then you might think) as well as learning how to think like an animal.

I got Buck, a green broke gelding, about 6 months ago. I adopted him instead of a better trained horse because he was calm, gentle and I felt safe while riding him. When I got him he didn't know how to do anything except walk in the direction in which he was pointed, which was fine with me since I didn't feel safe riding at anything faster then a walk. Since he came to live with me he's learned to release to pressure, walk, trot and canter on queue, step back a gait, back up, a solid woah, the basics of flexing at the poll, lift each hoof for trimming and cleaning, and lead politely. When I feel up to it I'd like to teach him how to sidepass. I enjoy teaching and refining his queues on each and every ride.

Buck is a pleasure to train - he is smarter then at least one of my dogs and learns faster then both of them combined. Every ride is a training ride - even if he has a queue down he can always learn to do it "lighter", and there's always something about my own riding I can work on improving. I follow a few basic rules - never get into a fight I can't win, end things on a good note and use a consistent pattern of ask/tell/demand. I'd like to take professional riding lessons but can't afford it right now. Even without a trainer I can focus on my balance, strengthening my thigh muscles, and lightening my queues on the reins to a bare minimum. Between rides I read up on horse training and horse riding. If I have an issue I read up on it or ask here. The only major issue I'm having right now is his balking at puddles, but we're working on it and making good progress.

Buck and I do the best with what we have, which isn't much but I like to think we're doing it well. We have a good relationship - seasoned with a healthy amount of discipline as necessary.
     
    10-17-2012, 11:58 PM
  #48
Yearling
Yes, I've broke my own horses and have started my own horses on barrels. With success I'm always getting compliments on the horses I start on barrels. But I've had good teachers, some of the best local barrel trainers around here. I've grown up watching horses get broke and started on barrels. And if I ever have a question I just have to ask. It takes alot of patience and understanding to train a horse, not every person is cut out for it. Honestly I'd rather Send mine off to be broke, I'm not the biggest fan of breaking even if I'm capable of doing it myself.
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    10-18-2012, 12:20 AM
  #49
Foal
My instructor trained her paint from a yearling. (Hes now 7) she's done extremely well with him and now a 12 year old w/t going on novice is leasing him and they have done very well too. I myself wouldn't take on a horse to train.. I know of a person that is trying to train a horse and its going to end very badly.
     
    10-18-2012, 08:21 PM
  #50
Teen Forum Moderator
Yes, I have trained my own horse.

I started working with Sour when she was about 7 months old, pretty much unhandled except for an experience with some very rough men until she came to our farm. She was agressive, mean spirited, and dangerous.

I'll admit it right now- it was absolutely stupid for me to take her. I was a 12 year old girl with little horse experience who grew up watching Black Stallion and thinking that all horses were perfect. I'll also tell you right her and right now that given the chance, I would do a lot of things differently.

I taught Sour everything. Leading, handling, grooming, lunging, and eventually driving. However, along the way I screwed up many times and I'm still amazed that I didn't ruin her. A lot of her bad habits that I've spent the last year or two trying to correct have stemmed from the holes that I left in her training as a young horse, and from rookie mistakes that could have been prevented, had I been given access to a trainer. She has hurt my multiple times and I have a nasty scar on my arm from being bitten by her, and I've been kicked once by her as well. Again, all my fault- and I freely admit it.

She's four years old, I'm sixteen now. A lot has changed and I am now working under two very experienced trainers, learning how to correctly train horses. I DID train Sour to drive a cart by myself, but I was under the care of a driving instructor the entire time and could always go to her when I needed to. Before that, I had taken two years of driving lessons from her to prepare myself for training Sour. I now break miniature horses to cart for other people, and I do it very well. I turn out well tuned, confident, steady horses- but only because I've listened to those who taught me. Same for the OTTBs that I am helping train. I've retrained two so far by myself, an older gelding and a 4 year old mare- but it is only under the close supervision of trainers that I've done this.

There is a big difference between being an inexperienced horse person that decides' hey, I'm going to raise a baby so that we can bond and love eachother forevers and evers!' and between being an educated owner that takes the correct precautionary steps in finding a trainer to help them train their own horse. Horses are dangerous animals that should not be taken lightly. It takes one person to be able to ride a horse but it takes a completely different kind of person to be able to communicate clearly enough with it to train it.
     

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