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post #11 of 68 Old 12-14-2008, 04:42 PM
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Due to being raised on a ranch growing up, it was left to us as kids to work with our own and learn as we (brothers and sisters) go. There was lots of figuring out what worked, and what didnt. As we grew up we participated in 4-H and FFA. When it came time to "venture out" and leave home, some of the first jobs I had was working on other larger ranches as a ranch hand.

Working with a variety of much older and more experienced hands and trainers, I picked up things that worked for me from each of them. It wasnt until information started becoming easier to get a hold of that I was able to start traveling and exploring different aspects of horsemanship. I started building my own collection of horses, working and training them, and even moved onto helping other locals. Things backed up a little as I got older and started a different career which took up a lot of my time.

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post #12 of 68 Old 12-14-2008, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Well thanks for all the information!

I work from home and we're moving to a house that I can the keep the horses at so I can spend all the time in the world with them if I wanted to :) So theres no problem there.

I don't want to train for shows or anything I just want them for pleasure. Life as a military wife is stressful enough so showing would be a no go for now. I just love animals! I have six cats, two dogs, a cockatoo and two sugar gliders....horses were next on the list lol ;)
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post #13 of 68 Old 12-14-2008, 05:24 PM
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I train my own horses as well as train at a training facility for clients under a much more experienced trainer.

I can honestly say the WORST horses that come in for training are the ones who were "trained" by their owners who didn't have enough experience.
IMO, you can't read a book and go train a horse. A good training method comes from years of experience and knowing what to do next if something isn't working. This almost always requires a mentor in the beginning...someone who will push you enough to not hold your hand the whole time, but also knows when to step in and tell you what to do next if you just can't figure it out.

It's more than commitment, consistency, and patience.
It's knowledge, experience, common sense, good timing, and knowing when to push or lay off. It's compassion, always being a step ahead, and alert because in training, ANYTHING can happen. It's being savvy enough to know when a horse is ready for it's first ride and knowing when the horse is in the perfect place to stop for the day. These are all things no one will learn from a book or watching a TV show.
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post #14 of 68 Old 12-14-2008, 05:50 PM
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I train my own horse out of lack of a trainer. My coach right now lives 3-4 hours away and occasionally does clinics. I am planning on trailering my horse and me to her as much as possible just to keep us on track.
I've trained 3 horses to third level dressage and one to 2'9 hunters doing basically the same thing though. I haven't had a consistent weekly lesson coach in about 2 years, and even then only for 4-6 months.
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post #15 of 68 Old 12-14-2008, 05:51 PM
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Sorry, I probably have some very badly trained horses but they are good enough for me. Me myself and I are all I have so it has to be good enough. Call me a bad horse owner but I figure it 4 horses that aren't being eaten, beaten or badly cared for.


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post #16 of 68 Old 12-14-2008, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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I can see if you do dressage or other showing then yes a trainer may be needed but for pleasure and trails I didn't think it would hurt. The place where I leased had a ton of people that were trainers and around horses their whole lives and I watched and learned a lot from them. The horse I was leasing was basically at square one because the guy who owned him bought him and never rode him because he was afraid of him! This was a Master Seargant Marine, tough huh? But I learned a lot just from leasing him and he was such a stubborn brat! He came a long way and it broke my heart to let him go. The guy was moving back to his home state and took the horse with him. It upsets me because I know he was just going to let the horse go again and not pay any attention to him.

So I'm not completely oblivious to everything :)
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post #17 of 68 Old 12-14-2008, 06:10 PM
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I think as long as you are willing to stop and seek help when you are stuck you'll be fine. Its those that just stumble along without seeking information or assistance when needed that end up in a mess. Or worse end up selling the horse to some unsuspecting person who then ends up selling the horse to another unsuspecting person etc. etc. until the horse ends up at the slaughter house because it couldn't be trained or was trained badly enough to be dangerous.
Its good to have friends. I have one who trains horses for a living. Thank God she doesn't mind when I call to pick her brains
I asked her to finish green breaking my babys. She told me she would help but I have to do it
I have to retract my earlier statement. I guess I'm not totally alone.


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post #18 of 68 Old 12-14-2008, 06:14 PM
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Sorry, I probably have some very badly trained horses but they are good enough for me. Me myself and I are all I have so it has to be good enough. Call me a bad horse owner but I figure it 4 horses that aren't being eaten, beaten or badly cared for.
Is this directed towards me?
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post #19 of 68 Old 12-14-2008, 06:20 PM
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Well...yes it was since this "I can honestly say the WORST horses that come in for training are the ones who were "trained" by their owners who didn't have enough experience." was directed towards me.
I didn't mean to offend you, sorry if I did. I was just defending myself.


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post #20 of 68 Old 12-14-2008, 06:35 PM
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Well...yes it was since this "I can honestly say the WORST horses that come in for training are the ones who were "trained" by their owners who didn't have enough experience." was directed towards me.
I didn't mean to offend you, sorry if I did. I was just defending myself.
I wasn't directing that statement at anyone.
But it is true, and the key words there are "who didn't have enough experience"

You showed a perfect example of how this happens in post #17.
I doubt that you think a green rider should go out and train a green horse all by themselves.
I also doubt that you think any horse person should just go out and buy a baby without knowing exactly what they're getting into. Those are the EASIEST to mess up and I completely disagree with you when you say "babies are easy".

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