Advice for a new owner? - Page 2
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

Advice for a new owner?

This is a discussion on Advice for a new owner? within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category

    Like Tree14Likes

     
    LinkBack Thread Tools
        10-26-2012, 02:00 AM
      #11
    Foal
    Quote:
    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! :)
    Thunderspark likes this.
         
    Sponsored Links
    Advertisement
     
        10-26-2012, 10:08 AM
      #12
    Foal
    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!
    flytobecat likes this.
         

    Tags
    newbie

    Quick Reply
    Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
    Message:
    Options

    Register Now

    In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

    Already have a Horse Forum account?
    Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

    New to the Horse Forum?
    Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

    User Name:
    Password
    Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
    Password:
    Confirm Password:
    Email Address
    Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
    Email Address:

    Log-in

    Human Verification

    In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


    Old Thread Warning
    This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

    Thread Tools

    Similar Threads
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    New Horse Owner Needs Nutrition Advice cedarane Horse Nutrition 9 10-10-2012 09:33 AM
    Diet Advice for a New Draft Owner HappyHorsey Draft Horses 8 02-10-2012 01:31 PM
    Not gettng along with the owner... Need advice! EquestrianCowgirl4 Horse Boarding 36 01-31-2012 12:36 AM
    Stable owner needs advice rknbstables Horse Law 4 11-27-2010 09:02 AM
    Advice for a new horse owner: Moxie Horse Talk 7 01-31-2009 12:56 PM



    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:52 PM.


    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0