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post #1 of 13 Old 06-06-2009, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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which do u prefer?

so I know everyone out there has there own beliefs on training, so I was wondering what kind of training methods ppl believe in? Do you believe in harsh punishment or pat parellis kind of style? Or anything else
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post #2 of 13 Old 06-06-2009, 10:21 PM
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I personally stick to the belief that no training method will ever work 100% of the time. I think people get themselves in trouble when they start believeing only one training method is true. I adapt myself depending entirely on the horse I'm working with - some need soft whispers, and some need a firm hand.

I personally avoid physical discipline until it becomes neccesary, such as the horse being dangerous. For instance, my 2 year old tried to kick me today while brushing her and promptly got my rubber curry brush hurled at her butt. She's a horse that needs a very firm hand, as she's been permitted to walk all over humans her entire life now, and has almost zero sensitivity. On the other hand, I pretty much can't physically discipline my Arab. It's pointless, because she only gets annoyed. I can get much farther with her using my body language then I can using my hand.

I enjoy combining numerous elements of many different training techniques and using them when I deem appropriate. I believe every training method has something to offer, and they should all be utilized to the particular situation.

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I personally stick to the belief that no training method will ever work 100% of the time. I think people get themselves in trouble when they start believeing only one training method is true. I adapt myself depending entirely on the horse I'm working with - some need soft whispers, and some need a firm hand.
I totally agree there is no one particular training that works with every horse, like there is no one true way to teach a child.

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ya, I also agree. I just was wondering if anyone had there own personal beliefs though. And your guyses beliefs is that you don't have a belief haha. But I agree also

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post #5 of 13 Old 06-07-2009, 01:46 AM
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I do my groundwork respect with the horse loose in a round pen , and most of the other training under saddle .

I also agree with MacabreMikolaj that I adjust my training methods from horse to horse , have had the same experiance of having one horse that will be terrified if I so much as look at her wrong , and another who put two people in hospital due to lack of respect.
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While training needs to vary from horse to horse and be somewhat flexible and individualized, the ask-then suggest-then tell progression seems to really get the job done. It gets results from sensitive horses without frightening them, and starting from a gentle cue will teach a dull horse to start working off of the ask of he doesn't want to eventually get smacked.
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post #7 of 13 Old 06-07-2009, 07:38 AM
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... the ask-then suggest-then tell progression seems to really get the job done....
I agree totally. This is a behavior that horses instinctively understand and accept well, as it is exactly the 'discipline escalation' that a herd's lead horse uses with its herd.

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post #8 of 13 Old 06-07-2009, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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I also use the method of 'join-up' with my horses. That way I know they trust me and are willing to learn new things.

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I adapt my methods to what the horse needs; like the first poster stated, each horse is different, so to me, that means how you train them may be different too, even if only by a slight difference.
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post #10 of 13 Old 06-07-2009, 01:06 PM
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I completely agree with all previous posts. A trainer has to adapt to the horses needs to be able to comunicate with them so that the horse understands what you want, and you adjust acordingly, be it subtle cues or firm ones. So with that being said I pick and choose from all different styles to use what works - no one person or style knows everything but put it all together and you got it made.
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