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post #51 of 124 Old 10-17-2011, 01:51 PM
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To coreyk67, I am also a relatively new rider..and an older rider (56)..I bought a mare a month ago and she is is pretty well trained...but I am not. I have her in training now to address crossing water but I'm with you, it's hard to get the knowledge we need to fix training issues before them become a problem. Many of the women I ride with at my barn are around my age, and for the most part, are somewhat timid with their horses. I am pretty confident, but also know that I don't have the experience to address issues competently. I guess we just need to keep good trainers in our pocket and not be too proud to ask for help :)
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post #52 of 124 Old 10-19-2011, 07:30 PM
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Great article!!

“Good things come to those who wait… greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen.” - Unknown
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post #53 of 124 Old 11-30-2011, 09:38 AM
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What a breath of fresh air to read that Cherie! Am just so sick of reading crap like 'ohhh my naughty horse did this!' and 'ohh it's never done this before!' It's ignorant idiots who have to label or blame the horse for something THEY caused or allowed... and even if you didn't actually create the behaviour in the first place, you were still the one to trigger and create the stimulus for the horse to react. A horse is only a horse and can only BE a horse.

Not only that but covering up symptoms of a problem is my big bug. But it works right?? So it must be good?? Ahh freaking ignorance towards these beautiful innocent animals.

''To err is human, but to blame the horse is even more human''
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post #54 of 124 Old 12-05-2011, 05:31 PM
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I'm up every morning, feed and brush...clean the stalls...etc. yada, yada, yada.....

I'm really starting to wonder if the horse isn't training me, rather than me training the horse......???
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post #55 of 124 Old 12-05-2011, 06:14 PM
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This has just given me a reminder that I have been getting slack with Hunter. I do try and work on something with him every time I see him as he is only 3 and still learning and testing (big time). I am going to post this on the wall at the barn. There are definately a few people who need to read this.
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post #56 of 124 Old 12-07-2011, 09:30 AM
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Im 110% on this one too!!! xxx
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post #57 of 124 Old 12-18-2011, 12:31 AM
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So true!

Every moment with a horse is training. And you don´t have to be abusive, when correcting the horse. With some easier horses, you don´t have to correct anything. But with strong, willfull horses one has to take command and not slip. And then everything goes smoothly for a while...
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post #58 of 124 Old 12-25-2011, 08:44 PM
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thankyou for that post- I am a novice rider but lucky to have a very trained horse and under saddle is pretty good-he has tested me a few times with wanting to refuse moving in a direction I wanted to go-but I stayed with it, even with him stomping his feet-and we did go where I wanted with no problem after that. But I know I have done things that have shaped his behavior and some is not so good-for example I can't do ground work on a lunge line-I can't get him to move out away from me, so I just gave up-so I believe I trained him-don't move out and we don't have to do this... when I am out in the pasture, he follows me like a dog, which I don't mind, he walks just behind or beside me-and will stop when I stop or tell him to, will back when I tell him to back, and will follow my hand direction as far as moving his hind or shoulders out if needed when he is walking with me....so two questions- do you feel a horse must have groundwork exercises done to be more respectful, and #2 if I must do groundwork...since I have established a certain routine/behavior/expectation from this horse, .... ok here is the newbie coming out in me..I want him to like me, and not avoid me, because I might make him do something he doesn't like so...will I confuse him or threaten his trust in me now if I become insistent or change things up, for example figuring out how to get him off me and make him do ground work on the lunge line....thanks again for your insight!
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post #59 of 124 Old 02-03-2012, 02:30 PM
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Wow this is right on point! The effective way IS the only way.
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post #60 of 124 Old 03-04-2012, 11:04 PM
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I absolutely loved reading this! So true!!
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