I started my first yearlings when I was 12. Broke them to lead, tie, stand, pick up all four feet, park out, trot in hand and everything they needed to know for their adult lives.
I did NOT do this on my own. Yes I did the actual work, but I didn't know what the heck I was doing. How did I learn? Mom and dad would tell me "Do this." "Work on this today." "When they do that, do this." "Don't do that." "That was dumb." "That won't work." "That is better." It was a constant stream of coaching.
When I was REALLY stuck, and not getting it when they said "do this" they would come in and show me.
My suggestion to you is to find a coach. Call it a trainer if you will, but you need someone who knows what the heck they are doing to stand right there and tell you what to do.
Point is, you do NOT know what you are doing, which is PERFECTLY fine and okay. What is best is, you want to learn.
If you have someone teaching you, showing you, and stepping in to stomp pony when he needs it(all ponies need a little stomping now and then. Don't kid yourself kid. Lol. )you will get everything you need.
I do not believe you will listen to what is said here, because your rebuttals make it seem like there isn't really a problem. Which is okay too. You will just have to learn to not be so naieve. :)
Go find yourself a coach!
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