Leaving my green horse for a week

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    05-26-2013, 07:07 PM
Leaving my green horse for a week

I'm going to be gone on vacation for about a week, maybe a little longer. I'm debating whether or not to have my friend work with him while I'm gone or just let him sit for that time. He is still very green, he's been under saddle almost 2 months now, and I'm worried that if I have my friend work with him she will unconsciously teach him bad habits (anyone but me for that matter, not just her. I'm teaching him how I want him to do things which may or may not be different than how someone else does it with there horse), which isn't hard to do...if they get away with something once they'll keep trying to do it. I don't know if it'll be better for him to just sit, or risk him picking up bad habits from being worked by someone other than me.

What would you do? I think I'm just being a paranoid mom...lol
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    05-26-2013, 07:12 PM
I week isn't very long. I personally would let him sit until you get back.
    05-26-2013, 07:12 PM
I'd just let him hang out for a week. My horses did much better with a little break once in a while when he was first being ridden.
    05-26-2013, 07:13 PM
My gelding would sit for a couple of weeks at a time when he was first broke. He still remembered everything he'd learned after about five minutes back under saddle.
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    05-26-2013, 07:50 PM
Let him sit. I don't want anyone else on a green horse I'm training.
;) Actually I don't want anyone else on my seasoned horses. :) I guess I'm a selfish little thing.
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    05-26-2013, 07:59 PM
Let him have a week off, too. It can be good mentally for him.
    05-26-2013, 08:14 PM
Let him have the week off, but if you think he will get too funky without the work you could maybe have your friend lunge him? That would get the energy out and I don't think your friend could unconsciously mess anything up.
    05-26-2013, 08:38 PM
Originally Posted by 5Bijou5    
let him have the week off, but if you think he will get too funky without the work you could maybe have your friend lunge him? That would get the energy out and I don't think your friend could unconsciously mess anything up.
You'd be surprised how quickly you can undo lunge training, especially if the person lunging doesn't know what they're doing or thinks they know, but they don't. Also, your horse may be trained on certain cues that the other person doesn't know or doesn't understand. There are only two people I would trust to lunge my gelding without me there and not mess up his training (unintentionally, of course).
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    05-26-2013, 08:45 PM
Let him have a week of vacation too!
    05-26-2013, 08:53 PM
Green Broke
Another vote on a vacation for him too.

I don't let anyone on my horse, especially one I'm in the middle of training. Only time is if I plan for the horse to be a lesson horse. I train the general w/t/c, whoa, and turning with the basic cues that most people know, anything more advanced such as spins/slides/etc has different cues from anyone else I've seen around here. Thus, others can do some circles or plod around on the trail, but otherwise I'm the only one that rides.

This mare I'm teaching boyfriend and a female friend of mine how to ride on because she will be a lesson horse. But you can bet your ass that I'll be on her fixing something in a heartbeat if she doesn't listen to their cues (when I know she can understand them just fine). That's the good thing about not giving actual lessons on her, I can basically yank them off and do some hardcore schooling for 5 minutes and toss them back up. Female friend understands that the slightest step wrong she'll be off and me on. Boyfriend will get to learn tomorrow for his first lesson, lol.

But point is, I wouldn't normally let anyone on my horse, especially in my absents. A week with no training is always better than a week with different training. (;
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