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post #1 of 16 Old 11-02-2011, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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Draft horses are cheap horses.

Dear friends! Here where I live race horses are pretty expensive and draft horses are pretty cheap about 500 US dollars. So I wanna buy a draft horse but wanna use it for riding and not driving. I don't have any experience of training a horse. How should I train a draft horse so that I could use it for riding.
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post #2 of 16 Old 11-02-2011, 10:34 AM
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You shouldnt if you havent any experience. Sorry to be blunt, but its true.
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post #3 of 16 Old 11-02-2011, 10:36 AM
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what the above posted means is that you should work with a trainer. No inexperienced horseperson should train a horse without a professional. Especially draft breeds.
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post #4 of 16 Old 11-02-2011, 10:39 AM
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I don't have any experience of training a horse. How should I train a draft horse so that I could use it for riding.
Simply put, you can't. With no experience, you're going to get yourself badly hurt or killed, and the horse will wind up in a very bad place.

You need a professional trainer to work with both you and the horse.

The cheapest part about owning a horse is the price, especially if you buy an unbroke one.

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post #5 of 16 Old 11-02-2011, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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@speed racer. What if I follow some videos on youtube on horse training?
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I don't know what resources you have available in India for training. But if you are new to horses, then I strongly recommend getting a horse that is thoroughly broken.

I didn't, and I've run up the training bills to prove it. I'm also lucky I haven't run up the medical bills any higher than I have. I could have saved thousands of dollars by buying a well broke older horse. I also could have avoid the pain in my lower back & hip that I've lived with for the last 3.5 years...

Horses are experts in reading body language. Unless you know their language, and know it with a lot of sensitivity, it is easier to ruin a horse than to train it.
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@speed racer. What if I follow some videos on youtube on horse training?
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This is useful AFTER basics are taught. Something you cannot teach. I suggest getting a horse that is already well trained, and still worknig with a trainer. Like the last poster said, its very easy to ruin a horse. Even a trainer one if you don't know how to properly maintain their training.
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@speed racer. What if I follow some videos on youtube on horse training?
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Videos/CDs are not going to TEACH you to learn the subtleties of horse communication. Since you have no experience whatsoever, videos are a very dangerous idea. Besides, most of the people who post on YouBoob don't just give out bad advice, it's horrendous and spectacularly wrong.

I don't know if you're just trying to rile people up, or you really are naive and think you're going to be able to train your own animal with no experience, and by videos.

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@speed racer. What if I follow some videos on youtube on horse training?
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I've seen the videos. I've bought DVDs. I've had a professional trainer work with me while working my horses. And after several years, I'm barely competent to do minor training. Very minor. Trivial.

Next week, the trainer who has worked with two of the three horses I've owned will be coming here 4 times/week to work with the third horse, who I have owned for 4 years. She is a sweet and loving horse, and 99% of the time, she is wonderful to ride - but that last one percent!!!!

Please. I did everything the wrong way. Learn from my mistakes. It is much cheaper to learn from my errors than to repeat them. If you have to ask the question, it means you are not ready to train your own horse.
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uj, unfortunately those DVDs won't teach you riding, much less how to train. And it's simply dangerous for the novice owner to get something untrained. Your best way to go would be 1) Forget for sometime about owning the horse and take some lessons OR 2) get something very well broke and trained and again take lessons/work with the trainer closely.

Just wondering... How expensive is it to keep a horse in India?

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