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  • Using hackamore on colts first ride
  • Colt it baby hackamore

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    01-18-2012, 02:26 PM
  #31
Trained
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Originally Posted by rob    
just a one time question.do you people that start your colts in a halter trust your horses that much?
I don't know if it is trust as much as I know that I did the work beforehand to make it work. I would like to think that I can put a read on a horse well enough to feel as what I need to do to make it work. Not saying I am the great reader of the horse minds, not at all. But I think you can tell when working on the ground with him his attitude and how smart he is. That gives me insight to where I might need to tweak my method to suit the situation. I think this where knowing different methods and riding different kinds of horses help. You have a broader knowledge of horses, their attitudes, querks and intelligence. Knowing many different methods gives you that many more options when situations arise. That is why I get frustrated with people who get hung up on only using one clinicians method.

I am by no means limiting myself to just the halter. I will make sure they know that they can't pull on the halter, once they figure that out, you just better forget about using it. It is in a way like riding in a hackamore, once he learns he can run through it, your pretty much done.

I will use a snaffle, like I said before, I have used a Springsteen snaffle and more than willing to try a sidepull.
     
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    01-18-2012, 02:41 PM
  #32
rob
Weanling
Cowchick,i train professionally for a living and have been for many years,and I want to compliment you on everything you just stated.
     
    01-18-2012, 02:46 PM
  #33
Yearling
Yes! Me too. I have trained horses for years myself. I cannot answer the question because it is so different with different horses, and disciplines. Every time I switched breeds or disciplines, I had to learn new ways. Now I use all that knowledge, even knowing what NOT to do.
As you work with the young horse, you learn to read him pretty good. And now that I am older, the ground is harder. I do so much ground work there is a solid foundation on that baby before I get on.
They will stop, turn, back and everything on their first ride.
These day's I use a sidepull.
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    01-18-2012, 02:57 PM
  #34
rob
Weanling
Hi susan,i like your knowledge and your thoughts.i also like your location,i am originally from ohio also.
     
    01-18-2012, 02:57 PM
  #35
Trained
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Originally Posted by rob    
cowchick,i train professionally for a living and have been for many years,and I want to compliment you on everything you just stated.
Thanks Rob! Greatly appreciated!
     
    01-18-2012, 02:58 PM
  #36
Trained
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Originally Posted by Susan Crumrine    
Yes! Me too. I have trained horses for years myself. I cannot answer the question because it is so different with different horses, and disciplines. Every time I switched breeds or disciplines, I had to learn new ways. Now I use all that knowledge, even knowing what NOT to do.
As you work with the young horse, you learn to read him pretty good. And now that I am older, the ground is harder. I do so much ground work there is a solid foundation on that baby before I get on.
They will stop, turn, back and everything on their first ride.
These day's I use a sidepull.
I agree!!!
     
    01-18-2012, 03:04 PM
  #37
rob
Weanling
Sorry ladies,but when you have so many in your barn to train,i have to do the groundwork as I go.
     
    01-18-2012, 03:08 PM
  #38
Yearling
Thanks guys. I have worked my way up from a groom when I was 20 years old, in Ocala FL. And I learned quite a bit. I don't like to give training advice of a forum because I can't really tell what is going on from a post.
     
    01-18-2012, 03:50 PM
  #39
Yearling
I just use a nylon halter or a rope halter, depending on the horse :P It's what I start ground driving them in and it's what they're use to.
     
    01-18-2012, 06:55 PM
  #40
Trained
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Originally Posted by rob    
sorry ladies,but when you have so many in your barn to train,i have to do the groundwork as I go.
True, I am not picking up feet and make him sidepass before I climb on.
My idea of groundwork before getting on one is getting to lock on to me but not pushy, getting him to feel and follow a pull, sacked out with a flag, I should be able to touch him wherever I want, and accept a saddle. Depending on the horse and how much he was been worked with, it might take me a few hours and it might take me a few weeks to get that far.

I think groundwork can be overdone. I have seen people out there with weanlings doing groundwork constantly. By time they are two year olds they are dull, cranky and bored.
     

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