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        10-26-2012, 02:00 AM
    Originally Posted by PunksTank    
    I completely agree with what you said about the right thing easy and the wrong thing hard, but I think you got that part backwards :P
    When the horse is doing the correct thing (walking) release all pressure, just be walking with the lead soft. When the horse STOPS apply pressure.

    When teaching forward movement I like Gawani Ponyboy's "Horse, Follow Closely" Method.
    He stands in front, slightly to one side of the horse (so as not to be in a trampling path in an emergency). Holds a long lead lead attached to the horse, he starts running the line through his hands, gently applying pressure, each time he runs his hands over the line he gradually increases the pressure. The whole time his body language is soft, his shoulders are soft and slightly askew, eyes gently resting on the horse's with a gentle look on his face. When the horse takes even one step forward the pressure is released and a soft word of praise is given. Then repeat until the horse is next to you. Practice this until the horse is walking willingly toward you until you can be walking backwards and the horse will follow unbreaking. Gradually you can turn yourself around and the horse will follow.

    I forgot to mention one other fantastic training method "TIME" Spend time with the horse! As much as you can! You don't need to being doing something with him all the time, just take a book out to his paddock and enjoy his company. Spend time fussing on his mane, or brushing him, but not demanding anything of him. Just enjoy your time with him :)
    I'll definitely need to work on getting a softer approach since I'm a little on edge recently. Maybe that is affecting our progress? I try to keep it calm but I'm sure he can see right through that!
    I will definitely try the "time" method, though I don't think I'll be reading since I always have my uncle with me and he'll be bored. I'm 16 and he still fusses over me like I'm 6, but I'm not complaining! :)
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        10-26-2012, 10:08 AM
    Welcome to the wonderful world of horses! You are in for quite a ride young lady....... Most inexpirienced riders start out working with and taking lessons on well broke horses- your doing what I did- green horse ( or re-greened maybe lol) green rider. I got my Salem when he was just a baby and had to break him myself while all I really knew was how to take care of a horse, not train or ride properly. Keep in mind that everytime your interact with Comet, you are teaching him things. If you pull him to walk with you, he stops and you don't get him moving, he just learned that he can make you change your mind if he resists. I HUGLY agree about volunteering at a rescue!!!! I always say new horse ppl should work in a barn before they get a horse because its incredibly difficult to be prepared for the enormity of what you are taking on without seeing it firsthand. Having a horse requires time- training a horse requires A LOT of time. Hands-on IS always better. And any rescue will be HAPPY to have help as it saves them from having to spend money that could be helping another horse on labor- your basicaly donating and then everybody wins :) You really do need to get a vet chk done, just to make sure he is sound and there are no issues you need to be aware of. You will also need a trainer of some sort. No amount of books or vids in the world will be able to help you develope your "feel" for a horse and you need that. Plus, different horses react differently to things, so when your horse doesnt do what the horse in the video did, your sorta up ****s creek lol Overall, just stay calm, don't get frustrated and try to spend time with Comet doing things HE likes- getting scratched and rubbed, things like that. I would avoid feeding him treats by hand for now, I wont explain why cause this reply is already too long but trust me on that one Good luck!
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