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    03-14-2012, 09:48 AM
  #1
Weanling
What have you learned lately?

I know that I always imply or say that the day I stop learning is the day they put me in the ground. Reading threads this morning got me to thinking of what I have learned lately.

I don't do as much with horses as I used to - my heath is broken. However, I do have my gelding and at least help with my daughter's filly.

Here is what I have learned so far this year.

1) Lying down a horse without a fight is much easier than I could have imagined. In another post, a youtube video showed a trainer using give and take to lay down a horse without traumatizing it. I did some searches and watched about a dozen different videos. Then, for no real reason, I picked up my gelding's leg and pulled him to the ground. It was so easy I can't believe it. He didn't struggle or anything. He just sort of looked at me like I was weird. (and stepped on my foot when he finally got up)

2) I have remembered that join-up is really hard. Teaching my daughter to get a join-up with her filly has reminded me how long it took me to learn, even though the person who taught me was Monty Roberts.

3) I have also learned that when you take a mostly wild two year old and tie them in a two horse trailer when they have never been tied before - it is interesting... When you then get stuck in Seattle rush hour traffic with said filly in the trailer expanding the three hour drive to just under six hours, she leaves dents in the sides of the trailer. When you finally get her home, she would rather die than pull back on the leadline! I have never had a mostly wild horse be so easy to lead or tie... not that I think I ever want to repeat the trailering experience, but boy I like the results!
     
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    03-14-2012, 10:30 AM
  #2
Started
I like this thread :)

I learned that you are never to old to try new things ..thanks mom :)

I also learned that certain body language doesn't always mean aggression but uncertainty

How to get a some what underweight horse back to health with different nutritional benefits that I had never known before.. thank you books

Umm there is definitely more lol but can't think of them at the moment
     
    03-14-2012, 11:05 AM
  #3
Trained
I learned that some people are bloomin' idiots.

Oh wait, were we talking about horses?

Right. I learned that potentially the most dangerous training tool for Selena is loping a straight line. Nothing makes her hotter. Makes sense? NOPE. We can go flying around the rail at mach 5 and she won't even care. God forbid we do a straight line.

Is that actually relevent? Did it have to be forum related? I'll be back as I get new ideas.
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    03-14-2012, 11:15 AM
  #4
rob
Weanling
Sh,help me out here.someone not too long ago posted ,how smart are horses?what I want to find out is ,how smart are the people working on problem horses.when they send me a rank horse it's not a horse problem.it's a people problem.they either didn't know what they were doing or they spoiled them and let them get away with it.
     
    03-14-2012, 11:19 AM
  #5
Trained
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Originally Posted by rob    
sh,help me out here.someone not too long ago posted ,how smart are horses?what I want to find out is ,how smart are the people working on problem horses.when they send me a rank horse it's not a horse problem.it's a people problem.they either didn't know what they were doing or they spoiled them and let them get away with it.
Oh I definitely agree with that. I would love to discover what I'm doing to make Selena hot. It's normally just at first in the lines. The hotter she gets, the more I make her do it and only quit her when she relaxes. I think she might be anticipating fencing, since she was a reiner, and will often get pissy about stopping hard because she was kind of slammed into the ground as a 2/3 yr old. However I don't slam her down. As we go from fence to fence I just break her down and let her stop herself.

And I don't spoil my horses...Noooo..... What are you talking about....?
     
    03-14-2012, 11:31 AM
  #6
Foal
I learned the other day that there is no point in getting frusterated and crying at a horse lol
     
    03-14-2012, 11:32 AM
  #7
rob
Weanling
Does she get hot even when you trot straight lines? And what i'm trying to say is people in general have horse problems.but do you think the average person or the weekend warriors know how to fix these problems?
     
    03-14-2012, 12:56 PM
  #8
Trained
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Originally Posted by rob    
does she get hot even when you trot straight lines? And what i'm trying to say is people in general have horse problems.but do you think the average person or the weekend warriors know how to fix these problems?
She gets hot not matter what gait I'm at. She always wants to go faster, which typically would end up in jumping sideways, bucking, etc. She is a lot better at it now but when I first got her I was terrified to do lines with her but my trainer made me go in and out the runway for the majority of our sessions after seeing that.

As for fixing the problems, I think that depends on the person....I know a lot of "weekend warriors" who don't know head nor tail of a horse, but there are others I know who are absolutely brilliant just because they've done it for so long. Some stuff is common sense, others is more...complicated.
     
    03-14-2012, 01:14 PM
  #9
Foal
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2) I have remembered that join-up is really hard. Teaching my daughter to get a join-up with her filly has reminded me how long it took me to learn, even though the person who taught me was Monty Roberts.
I am SOOO jelouse of you right now!!!!


I recently learned that acting out is not always being stubborn or bratty but some times is fear!! Felt bad after I learned this one but once I clued in to what was going on WOW did things go alot smoother. Some times I forget to take a step back and breath.
     
    03-14-2012, 02:03 PM
  #10
Yearling
1) I have more patience then I'm willing to admit to, outside of HF;)
2) I try to keep my horses at my own place for a reason
3) "Horse Husband" doesn't necessarily mean he'll take the kid to her riding lesson
4) I actually can keep my mouth shut...sometimes
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