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    03-16-2012, 12:14 PM
  #51
Weanling
I wasn't born with all the answers, but I am collecting them. I hope to have them all within the next few years. :)
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    03-16-2012, 04:18 PM
  #52
Weanling
Ok so I had my first meeting with the trainer today. It wasn't a training session, she was just meeting vini, seeing how we interacted, and checking out my tack to make sure it fit properly. While the lady was very informative, I was not pleased with the situation. Without asking she brought her 3 children, the oldest was maybe 4, and the youngest 1. The two oldest girls were way to comfortable just walking up to my horses who don't have experience with kids. It was a pain when her youngest kept crying, because it scared vini. And she even picked up her baby and held him right next to vinis head while he was crying.
I don't know I learned about my saddle but nothing on actual training. Her kids fed half a bag of treats to my goat, and they left trash in the barn. I actually asked to end the meeting early because I didn't feel safe with the children running up to my horses..
Ugh I was hoping for some good news, and that did not happen.
     
    03-16-2012, 04:27 PM
  #53
Trained
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Originally Posted by bnayc    
Ok so I had my first meeting with the trainer today. It wasn't a training session, she was just meeting vini, seeing how we interacted, and checking out my tack to make sure it fit properly. While the lady was very informative, I was not pleased with the situation. Without asking she brought her 3 children, the oldest was maybe 4, and the youngest 1. The two oldest girls were way to comfortable just walking up to my horses who don't have experience with kids. It was a pain when her youngest kept crying, because it scared vini. And she even picked up her baby and held him right next to vinis head while he was crying.
I don't know I learned about my saddle but nothing on actual training. Her kids fed half a bag of treats to my goat, and they left trash in the barn. I actually asked to end the meeting early because I didn't feel safe with the children running up to my horses..
Ugh I was hoping for some good news, and that did not happen.
Wow, that is pretty strange...not professional, period. Okay, so live and learn. Check around, get referals and "feedback", interview (point out children are not welcome) - and hire what most reguard as a pro. And, pat yourself on the back for trying!
     
    03-16-2012, 04:41 PM
  #54
Weanling
Thank you missy for the advice. I guess I just got my hopes up. With vini acting up, I was hoping for something good. I will keep looking. She didn't seem like a bad trainer, it was just her kids. And she kept telling them that the horses will get used to them, like she was planning on bringing them with her each visit.
     
    03-16-2012, 04:56 PM
  #55
Started
Yikes! I have little kids and would never have them running around like that. When I have worked around any horse, I have ALWAYS had someone else watching the little ones so I could focus on the horse and what needed to get done. Sorry that you had to have mini heart attacks with loose children on your property with your animals. Take it as a learning experience, no one got hurt this time, but you aren't going to take any risks. Find someone that can truly focus on you and your horse. Good luck
     
    03-16-2012, 08:18 PM
  #56
Trained
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Originally Posted by bnayc    
Thank you missy for the advice. I guess I just got my hopes up. With vini acting up, I was hoping for something good. I will keep looking. She didn't seem like a bad trainer, it was just her kids. And she kept telling them that the horses will get used to them, like she was planning on bringing them with her each visit.
Your welcome. I am sure it will all work for the good. Good luck!
     
    03-16-2012, 08:46 PM
  #57
Trained
Bummer about the kids. I would have thanked her and sent her away as soon as she showed up with them. How in the world does a person train a problem horse with a 1 year old in tow?

Anyway, just keep working on whatever you feel proficient at with your horse. I really think horses are forward thinking and they really understand body language more than we even want to admit. I say this because my normally good horse recently acted very badly and bratty one day, both on the ground and under saddle. I had been letting him get away with stuff over the winter, and it eventually snowballed into him acting like a brat. I decided it was time to put away the treats and go back to the basics until his head was screwed back on right. Without having to do any active training, just my change of attitude and intentions produced a better behaved horse. He knew just from my body language that the party was over. He was instantly back to "yes maam".

Horses understand inherent things. You will get what you expect with them, plain and simple. Just make sure your actions around him are consistent and displayed in a manner he will respect. Your body language means more than you know. Make sure you walk next to him like you own the place, shoulders open and eyes looking where you are going. When you're longing him, pay attention to how he reacts when you puff up your chest like a rooster or slump your shoulders. It's really amazing to see how the horse reads that stuff. Once you get a better understanding of the communication, you'll start making good progress. Hang in there!
     
    03-17-2012, 05:20 PM
  #58
Foal
Even if the trainer had valuable skills to teach you, bringing the kids was a big no no. As someone mentioned, it is not professional or safe. I bring my kids up to "see" my horse all the time. There is absolutely no way that I could work on anything with the little ones running about. When we are working together the kids are miles away.
I hope you get things worked out. It sounds like it will be very easy stuff to fix once you get a trainer that comes without kiddos in tow! :) Good luck!
     

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