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    04-01-2013, 01:13 AM
My only concern Breezy is that by getting on green broke horses you are putting yourself in a training role. Exercising a well broke seasoned horse is one thing, but with a green broke horse you are constantly having to teach them and remind them, it's riding with thought to everything, not just exercising.

You do as you please. But do keep in mind that good things can be undone real quick with a green broke horse if you're not careful in how you approach riding them. A green broke with only thirty rides on it can be sent back to day one with just one bad ride.

Please be careful and use good judgement.
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    04-01-2013, 01:14 AM
Originally Posted by Breezy2011    

I am not trying to start a training business, I am wanting to ride young horses, or horses of any age, right now. I am not calling myself a trainer. I am saying that is what I want to become.
I understand what you're saying :) But, because you posted on a public forum, I was only trying to share my .02. That's great that you learned from your past experience, but if you really want to be a trainer, then work for and with one. All trainers have mentors, I don't know of any successful trainer that taught themselves everything (I could be wrong, someone please correct me if I am). All I'm saying is that if you'd like to get from point A to point B faster, a trainer will help. One horse is not enough to teach you everything you need to know about teaching another; a strategy that works with one may not work with another. That being said, I do understand why you want to work with different horses, to gain that experience. But to stay safe, I think a trainer is important, especially if you are going to tackle that filly :)

It takes a long time to become truly competent; I've started 6 horses completely on my own from yearling to 6 years old (which is nothing, compared to a lot of others on here) and still use the resources and experience of those around me; both to stay safe and broaden my knowledge base. While you're young and your mind is still like a sponge, you should learn from everyone you can!
    04-01-2013, 01:16 AM
I've been riding other peoples horses for more than 30 years. I love doing it.

But, I'd pass on the unhandled one, just because it will cut into your time with others. Let someone else devote the necessary time to that project. Having your own to get going under saddle will keep you busy enough and you've already committed to her.

I wouldn't worry about riding the TWs, though. If you can put some miles and manners under saddle on them, the owner can fine tune the gait and you will most likely pick up on it while you are with them.
    04-01-2013, 01:27 AM
Thanks guys, and yes I understand that I still have a lot to learn, and that I won't know everything by training 1 horse. In my ad, I stated directly : 'I am not a trainer' and the first reply, I know about the lady (my sister was friends with her nephew) and she is a horse trainer. She wants me to meet her, and come and help her because she said 'I simply don't have enough hours in a day to work with all my horses' some are young, some are old. I know she is a trainer, and if I work for her, I will learn a lot.

I am not too worried about the TW's. It will be good for me to experience different horses, gaited or not.

It will all depend on whether it is even possible to get another horse at this point, before I even consider going to look at the horse. If I do go and look at her, I will make my decision on taking her or not, depending on how she acts, and reacts to certain things. I think it will be good, if I do take her home, to get the experience of actaully breaking a horse, and putting on the first rides, with my own horse... not someone elses, for the first time.

I was also going to ask my trainer if she was looking for someone to work for her, because she is just down the road.
    04-01-2013, 01:33 AM
I just got another reply to my ad, asking what I charge and how far I will travel! She did not say anything about what horse I will ride, but I asked her where she is located, and hopefully I have a horse to ride with her!
    04-01-2013, 01:42 AM
I guess part of me just doesn't understand why you are interested in working with other peoples horses right now when just over a week ago you started a thread asking if your horse was respecting you... in my mind, to work with other people's horses, you have to know and recognize what respect looks like, otherwise training can get undone pretty quick (which can lead to an unhappy owner). It seems like Breezy has come a long way, which is great, but that she still needs a lot of your attention. Maybe I'm way off base...

And I think your interest in working for the trainers near you is awesome!
    04-01-2013, 01:45 AM
I agree that working for a trainer would be an optimal way to start.
    04-01-2013, 01:42 PM
Breeze is respecting me way more now, I can tell, I posted that to ask how well she was respecting me. This afternoon, my friend is coming out to see how things are going. I don't know what time yet, but she will (unless the whether changes or something)

I do know Breeze needs a lot of work still, and will take up a lot of my time... but I want to ride other peoples horses for more experience in handling different scenarios, and even if Breeze does take up more of my time... she doesn't take up ALL of my time. I am going to ride other peoples horses, but I have still yet to decide upon taking on another untouched horse.
    04-01-2013, 02:06 PM
That lady got back to me, the one who asked how far I would travel, and it turns out she is about 2 hours away, so I am not sure if I will be able to go, but she has a herd bound horse, and her 14 year old daughter (1 year younger then me) has been trying to work with her alone, no help. I really want to help her, because I have dealt with extremly dangerous herd bound horses, and knew how to handle them (rearing, bolting, getting too nervous and trembling, and flinching at every noise) but I don't know if I will be able to go out there to help, because of how far it is.

I also got another reply asking what training method I use, so I replied to the person, and told her that I am not a trainer, but with my filly I use various methods, and my own kind of thing and stuff. So if she wants me to train her horse, I think I will turn her down, because right now I want to ride, and help out with horses. Not train them right now.
    04-01-2013, 03:36 PM
No offense to you, but I think the herd bound horse needs a professional trainer. Rather than 2 teenagers trying to muddle through it together.

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