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post #11 of 46 Old 07-08-2010, 10:50 AM
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@silverspur Thats why I said can be. It can be helpfull when you fall especally with preventing impact injuries, but there are on horse injuries possible. I would always wear a helmet to prevent on horse head injuries
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post #12 of 46 Old 07-08-2010, 10:59 AM
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but still any real trainer that takes that kind of short cut is likely to take short cuts elsewhere in a horses training.

i have nothing wrong with people using water as a way to teach broke horses to stand awywhere to be mounted. im not too sure about getting my feat and legs wet though lol.

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My dad trained a lot of horses in his younger years and used this technique on several occaisions. I don't believe it was used with every horse though, but more on certian ones that showed a tendency to buck a lot.

I wasn't around when he was training all of those horses, but he trained our 3 Walkers and they were great horses. Well mannered, respectful, plenty of spirit, great on the ground and in the saddle. The kind of horses who did what you asked with a good attitude. Of course, they had their moments too. Especially after 6-8 months off during the winter, spring was always an interesting time.
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post #14 of 46 Old 07-08-2010, 12:18 PM
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Drafty, are you talking about STARTING a horse in a water, or just do it for fun, or desensitize it? Personally I don't see too many advantages: you get all wet (at least the boots) and I'm not sure what exactly horse will learn there. The only advantage I see it's probably much easier to get ON a horse bareback (I never can do it from the ground ).
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post #15 of 46 Old 07-08-2010, 12:46 PM
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The first time I got on my qh filly was in the water. I start my horses bareback for the first few rides anyway. We have a large pond that we take the horses swimming in regularly. I had a bathingsuit on and this filly happens to love water, she started swimming laps as a yearling just for fun. She would always follow us in with the other horses anyway, so one day I led her in and swam up on her back. She and I had our first real ride in about 4' of water.

I wouldn't recommend this for everyone, I did it with a filly that I'd had most of her life, she had a sound mind, had done quite a bit of ground work, and already loved the water and had a great amount of trust for me. I personally wouldn't want to do it with a horse that was already scared out of its mind, but how I train I wouldn't get on the "out of its mind" horse anyway until the mind was restored.

Some advantages - the water gives that "float factor", so your weight being up there and moving isn't going to have the same unsettling affect on the horses balance. If you do it bareback and there isn't anything to get caught on, falling really doesn't hurt. Not to mention, here, where we have summer 3 months out of the year, its nice to get out of sticky jeans and breaches and get some sun on my white legs while enjoying the company of an inquisitive filly. "Bug" and I still go swimming all the time, I've even used her extreme love of water to teach other horses that have a fear of water to accept and enjoy it.

I think ultimately, it depends on the horse, your personal training style, and whether or not you are a good swimmer. :)
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I am just looking forwards to Maddy's first ride- and protecting my spine as much as I can. I've eaten enough dirt in my lifetime HAHA! I can swim well and was thinking about mounting her bareback at my grandpa's lake. I too heard from a Sioux relative that this was how they put the first couple rides on a horse.

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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post #17 of 46 Old 07-08-2010, 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by FlitterBug View Post
I start my horses bareback for the first few rides anyway.
Interesting enough that's what I did too with my mares. I guess that may sound silly, but I felt it's more safe for both of us.
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post #18 of 46 Old 07-08-2010, 01:14 PM
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My aunt started all of her 3 year olds in her pond. Its actually really a good bonding experience. One of my favorite memories was when she was training my first horse, colt (what an original and was riding him in circles in the pond. She had worked him in the water for a few days and was ready to go to land. I was sitting on the edge and watched her rein him up to the pond bank and ride off to the barn on him. I'd never seen anything like that before in my life and honestly, ive never seen a horse go from never rode to broke that fast ever.
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post #19 of 46 Old 07-08-2010, 01:18 PM
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val View Post
Interesting enough that's what I did too with my mares. I guess that may sound silly, but I felt it's more safe for both of us.
That is how I start mine too. Unless they have shark fins withers!
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post #20 of 46 Old 07-08-2010, 01:43 PM
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I think it would help if she is already comfortable in the water first. Maybe do what Flitterbug did and let her go in with you and another horse the first few times before getting on her back.
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