03-24-2013, 11:45 PM
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The 'trainers' I've learned the most from would be the old PFRA pasture riders. The one that shod our horses for our long ride, helped us break in two colts. Just plain and simple do your ground work, check out the hind quarters, forequarters... run them around with the saddle, throw someone on (this horse had been taught ground work before), and run them around the pen. If you don't canter, you're stealing a ride. The horse hasn't had a first ride until you canter them. It works, no nonsense, no lovey-dovey, no talking forever... He taught us by showing us... not by talking to us.
The other guy lives up by my parents, I don't know him all that well, but I would love to sit down with him and talk. He has one arm, the other ends above his elbow. He rode/rides for the PFRA pasture for years. Broke in colts, roped, doctored, etc. He's stopped and talked to me when I was riding home from town (10 miles from my home) once. In just 15 minutes of surface talk, I was inspired. I am so going to sit down and talk to him sometime when I am home visiting. Also one of my old bosses was a PFRA rider for a couple years. I talked to him a couple times about training. He would give me a couple tips here and there. He seemed to have bit of a temper with cows, but he had well trained horses that weren't scared of him, so I do value his advice.
Those are my favorite 'trainers'... Clifford, Roland, and Sam. Everyday people... everyday lives... Friends....