Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
I don't think any of us are independently wealthy, but if someone takes on an untrained horse and has no experience with one, it's their responsibility to make sure the animal is trained properly. Which means hiring a professional, and not trying to muddle through it themselves.
Too many people take on young, untrained animals and then muck them up because they think they have some kind of wunderkind training skills, when in truth they couldn't train their way out of a paper bag.
If you want the horse to have a fair shake at life, getting it professionally trained is the only way to make that happen.
How many 'wild', 'crazy' horses are sent to auction because their owners made them that way? Far too many. If people weren't so cheap and didn't have delusions of grandeur about themselves, maybe less horses would wind up at auction.
Everything you teach a horse, good or bad, it retains. Sure, if someone just wants to play baby games and maybe teach their weanling to lead, that's fine. However, breaking to saddle and a precise discipline takes a heck of a lot more than an owner reading a book or watching a DVD.
If you're too cheap to hire a trainer for a horse that needs more training than your actual skill level, then buy a horse who's already trained. It's really that simple.
We have a responsibility to these animals to give them the best shot at life we can. If you can't commit your mind, heart and pocket book to that, then don't bother.