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post #21 of 68 Old 12-14-2008, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by WesternPleasure27 View Post
I doubt that you think a green rider should go out and train a green horse all by themselves.
Definitely not! Gosh I'm glad we got that settled

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post #22 of 68 Old 12-14-2008, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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Oh I definitely will get help when I need it and like I said I do have a trainer lined up in VA when I move. We're not moving until February or March though so I wanted to start some things on my own here in NC so shes not deathly afraid of me when we go pick her up and take her with us on a 5 hour trip.

I'm the type of person who just gives up and sells an animal because I can't handle them. If that was the case I'd never have any! My animals all drive me crazy once in a while but I still love them no matter what

I hope I'm not causing any trouble, sorry if I am I didn't mean to I was just asking an honest question.
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No problem, its all good

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post #24 of 68 Old 12-14-2008, 07:18 PM
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If your new to owning horses I would have recommended that you buy a horse that was already trained, but if you are going to buy a young one then I guess you are.

I don't know what your experience is with horses, like if have ridden for years but never owned one or anything but I would cautious about what you do.

I don't think training itself is very difficult at all. Although it does require a certain amount of basic knowledge, which you can get from books, but more than that it is important to know how to handle the situation if the horse does not do what was planned, which books cannot teach you. When you say a trainer do you mean someone who trains the horse, or who trains you to train the horse?

I bought a horse virtually untouched a few years ago and trained her myself without a trainer, but she was my third horse and i had worked with many others. Although she was pretty good as far as young horses go there were times where she did not do as planned, and she would freak out or get scared or just not understand. Horses can give lots of subtle cues that can be hard to recognise if you are not used to it, but its important to watch for them to know what is working with the horse and how they are going to react in the next few minutes. Books can teach you how to train a horse but not how to deal with the problems, because often your responses are impulse reactions or subconscious observations that you only learn through experience with horses.

I don't think training is hard itself but if you are not experienced with horses then things can go wrong. I would think carefully about getting such a young and untrained horse, and think about getting something a bit older and more trained that you can learn with without worrying about having to teach the horse. If you do get the young horse, do read books and watch videos, try and attend clinics and keep a trainer near to help when you need. If you don't feel totally comfortable and confident about doing something then don't do it, seek help.

Sorry if i didn't really help, I know a lot of people have replied and just wanted to note my opinion. Good luck.
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I feel very confident and comfortable with it! I have been around horses, riding, training with someone beside me helping me and I've leased horses. This will be my first own horse. I have a trainer that will do both train me and the horse but nothing will be done without me right there with them! I know books can't teach you everything and I don't expect them to but I know they do help and also not every trainer is going to know everything about the horse. every horse is different! So it won't just take one person to tell me exactly what is right for that horse. I'll be the one around the horse everyday and I'll be the one who sees how she reacts and what shes like, they wont. Thats why I wanted to do as much as I can on my own.

I'm also not stubborn and ignorant and I'm not afraid to admit when I need help so when I can't do anymore the trainer will be there to help! This is just for now until I can get up to VA. We won't be there until February or March and she's here with the previous owner so I want to do as much as I can now before taking her. I want her to get to know us.

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post #26 of 68 Old 12-14-2008, 08:02 PM
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I re- broke/ trained my 5 yr old mare. It's A LOT of work.. im still in the process really. It deff paid off after all the falls and heart breaks .. I was gonna send her to her a professional but everyone told me some not so nice things >.> After all teh work and bonding, the ups and quite a few downs we've really clicked together and I dont think i'd have it any other way. Shes brought me over a 2'9 jump before and with other horses I wouldnt go past 1 1/2ft. So That tells you I trust her enough :P That was a one time thing to see what she could do. But last this...last? summer we were doing small 1-2ft courses. But now we've come back down to trot poles and small 6in-1ft to get her really trained in jumping.

I have to say taking a few lessons with her helped me A LOT cause they taught me how to control her gaits so on so forth. SO I recommend lessons if you want to train your horse yourself :]

sorry for the long story :P
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post #27 of 68 Old 12-14-2008, 08:33 PM
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i learned how to train my own horses by watching rfdtv. i never really had anyone to go out there with me and help me. there are many diffrent trainers on there. like clinton anderson. i love his techniques and they really work. using pressure points is the best way to train a horse, but thats my opinion.

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He is also giving us both the momma and baby for $300 so I couldn't pass it up. The momma is 6 and shes good we'd just have to work with the baby.
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post #29 of 68 Old 12-14-2008, 10:59 PM
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"Difficult" or not isn't really the question, Some people have it more than others. I have been training horses, ponies and minis, working with rescue horses, off track horses, wild mustangs, starting young horses, riding, driving etc.. for over 12 years and find it comes naturally to me. What I cannot do is give a riding lesson to save my hide! I do not have the patience for people but I can work with any horse.

I did work under several riding instructors and just observed every little thing they did, every one does something different. I watched and decided what I liked, what I did not like, what would work for a quiet QH may not be the way to handle of OTTB. I read everything, I've watched different famous horse trainers and there different ways, Just soak up everything you can and then work with a horse. Don't be afraid to ask questions, always work from the ground up and remember every time you are with your horse, labeled "horse trainer" or not, you are either training or un-training your horse!
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post #30 of 68 Old 12-14-2008, 11:59 PM
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I have trained many of my own horses. Right off hand, I can only think of 1 that ended up being quite a ways from a really good horse. He is sweet and bombproof but VERY hot (my fault). It is challenging to train a horse and if you are inexperienced, I would advise against it. Send them to a trainer who you know is good and just keep tabs on them. Most trainers won't mind if you come and try them out, ride your horse, and just see how things are going. Training your own horse is an incredible feeling, but there are lots of mistakes to be made. It was said on another thread a long time ago but most of the time it is correct. green + green = black and blue. Just be on the safe side for your horse and yourself and get some help to get them trained.

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