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post #1 of 9 Old 04-27-2008, 07:08 AM Thread Starter
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is he worth keeping?

okay i have a 16 yr old standardbred who i do really love but hes just not well trained...he wont let me catch him, he wont canter on cue, he doesnt stop, he wont barrel race, he wont go on the bit, he hasnt had enough training. is it worth taking him to the school i go to (its an agricultural college where you can take your horse) working with him for a while or just taking my other horse and giving up on him. hes great but i cant train him because i dont have the knowledge and at 16 hes quite set in his ways... what do you reckon? any advice is much appreciated.
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post #2 of 9 Old 04-27-2008, 08:43 AM
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i have a 25 year old standard bred who has come a long way in just a few months with a little extra work thats simple enough for anyone to do

at one stage cougar wouldnt canter well either so i worked hard on getting him to trot rather then pace. its very difficult for them to break into a canter when they are pacing so working on a solid trot is essential and easy ;)

trot poles trot poles trot poles :) place them 4m apart and do them until he is trotting ALL the time. he may not get the idea at first but it wont take him long to start trotting over the poles and then the more trotting he does the more he will start to trot even when he isnt going over the poles.

lunge him in a small circle (20m). once again after a bit of time he should start to trot more consistently as its much easier for them to trot the small circle rather than pace it. reward all right moves the release. by that i mean as soon as he does what you ask, stop asking him :) thats his reward

as he starts to trot more regularly you can start working on asking him to accept the bit. but thats a whole different thread :)

work first on getting a strong, consistent trot. you can do it and while it may take some time i dont think hes too old to learn at all. cougar is coming along so well that my husband is starting him in pony club mounted games soon :)

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post #3 of 9 Old 04-27-2008, 12:17 PM
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I'd come help you load the horse if you have a ag-school that you can take your horse to !!! I've found that most horsy people will help you out!!! And I'd also be willing to guess that your horse is old enough to know better and is taking advantage of you being the green one. IMO>... OFF to the school with him! Even if you do end up getting rid of him you'd be giving him a refresher course that a more experienced rider would appreciate. Worth thinking about any ways. Good luck!

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post #4 of 9 Old 04-27-2008, 07:45 PM
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I'd take him with you.... you can work with him, and if you don't get progress tell the people in charge of the horse training at the ag school and they might even use him as a demo horse and try to fix him.... just my opinion
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post #5 of 9 Old 04-27-2008, 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted by mlkarel2010
I'd take him with you.... you can work with him, and if you don't get progress tell the people in charge of the horse training at the ag school and they might even use him as a demo horse and try to fix him.... just my opinion
This is an excellent suggestion. :)

If you don't think school will work though, if you really wanted to keep him, you could hire a trainer to work with you and your horse.

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post #6 of 9 Old 04-30-2008, 03:41 AM
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If you aren't knowledgeable, comfortable or don't have the time for him, I'd try to find someone willing to take him, or consult a trainer for advice. I have an older horse, OTTB, who learns just as well as any younger horse. Takes a little more time with the things that have been engraved in his skull (like galloping to a jump, and then jumping flatly), but it's all fixable if you have the patience and skill.
I do like the idea of taking him to school and possibly using him for demos.
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post #7 of 9 Old 05-02-2008, 05:12 AM Thread Starter
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thanks so much for all your advice. i have decided i will take him for a month and see what happens...and if he doesnt do well i will give him to my older sister who needs an equine friend. hopefully hell be good and i wont have to get rid of him..anyway thanks sooooo much.
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post #8 of 9 Old 05-02-2008, 07:57 AM
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Like everyone said, take him with you and give him a chance, work
with him, or get someone who is knowlegable to help you work with
him. If he hasn't changed his ways after months of working with him,
I would consider looking for a new horse. But don't give up on him just yet!

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post #9 of 9 Old 05-02-2008, 10:19 AM
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I agree, take him with ya!

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