Originally Posted by ropinbiker
If I was the OP I would be upset! She didn't get 2 months(or 1.5) worth of training. When I started outside colts a few years ago I guaranteed a horse that knew all 3 gaits under saddle, had a great stop, have at least 20 rides, and be used to a bridle/bit....most horses only need a day or two of "ground work"...we have gotten into "babyin" horses too much...just like some folks' kids that are running amuck in restaurants these days...no discipline!!
I'd have loved to see you try it with my lad! He'd have killed you.
Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~
And people wonder why no one will train horses....
Sorry but especially after this thread, there is no way in heck I'd ever take on a horse for training, especially not starting one. Because God Forbid if you want to do any ground work with it.
Next colt starter I meet I'm going to hug, because they are the ones that have to put up with this unrealistic crap.
I agree, over here (UK) any trainer who says less than 6 weeks for a well handled youngster (by well handled meaning leads, ties up, wears a rug, often already bitted, worn a surcingle etc) is viewed with a lot of suspicion.
If you break a horse it is worth doing properly and in doing it properly you make it very very eassy to take the horse on from there.
I cringe when someone says they don't longrein before riding, It is an essential part of their education and makes schooling them afterwards that much easier. If you get a class of youngsters the ones that have ben longreined are blatently obvious as they are normaly the ones that are stronger, fitter and more advanced in thier schooling. My lad doesnt know how to move incorrectly undersaddle, he travels in a lovely outline stretching correctly over his back from the first few steps of walk, he does this because he learnt how to do it in long reins and has known nothing else undersaddle, It is a babyish outline but advancing his schooling is that much easier because he has correct basics.
If you only train a horse as a trail horse you severely limit its market, over here 99% of non "competition" horses are trained to be allrounders who can do a low level dressage test, a round of show jumping, a bit of pony club games, a bit of trail riding, schooling, lessons etc some are better at it than others but a good allrounder has the biggest market even if it is never going to excel at anything and is ugly as sin.