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    05-31-2012, 10:58 PM
Just wondering...

So I was just thinking. I usually can completely figure a horse out (well not completely, but know how they work) in three rides. I have the same rule with handling babies, three sessions and I decide if I really like them or not. How do you guys feel about that? I've never really spent time thinking about it, and I was just curious. Sorry for being completely random...haha.
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    05-31-2012, 11:00 PM
I don't have the background of working with that many horses to be able to make a judgement on a horse with only three rides. But I suppose , with enough experience of horses in general, it can be done.
    06-01-2012, 01:36 PM
I think it depends on the kind of ride too. It takes me a few times in the ring to get to know a horse, but if I spend a few hours on a trail, I feel like I know them a lot better. But then again, I've had annie for over a year, and that silly goose still throws me curve balls now and then. :)
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    06-01-2012, 02:05 PM
I think it depends on what you consider to be "understanding" a horse.

After two to three rides, depending on the type of ride, I can get an idea of what a horse is like. I can have a better approach on how to ride that horse in a way that makes it a positive experience for both of us (usually at least... Lord knows I've met more than a few exceptions to the rule!).

However, true understanding to me takes months of riding that horse in a variety of situations, learning the horse's personality, letting the horse learn about you, etc. But once you have that connection... wow. Amazing.

Of course, then there's the issue of whether anyone else is riding that horse. Because I've ridden more than a few horses that were being ridden by others, and a few months later they were totally different horses.. sometimes good, sometimes bad.
    06-01-2012, 02:31 PM
I do the same thing. When handling a horse, within the first 2-3 periods of handling, I can usually tell the basic temperment of the horse and what he/she is going to be like as we progress through training. Whether hot/cold/spooky/reactive/pushy, etc. Once you've "read" the horse, it makes it that much easier to choose how to handle that particular horse to get what is needed done with it. If that makes sense, lol.

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