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        08-12-2009, 07:26 AM
    I do no ground work. I only buy horses around 4 and nearly every one not handled, half wild. I bring them home and sometimes ride them before they even enter the barn for the first time if the owner delivers. If it is a stallion it is cut the very next morning, given a few days off and then rode.
    I don't mess around. I get someone to hold the horse, crowd him against the rail of the round pen and then climb aboard. The person leads me and if the horse gets broncy turns him in a tight circle. I do this twice a day for a few days and then I ride alone. The minute I have ahold of the colt he is taken out in the open fields and started on running trails.
    He wants to buck I just ride it out and work him harder.
    In one week from the time they arrive they are not bad on trails.
    Bolting?? Young horse do this all the time. Walking along peacefully and suddenly they up and bolt. They get a jump or two and I shut them down, pat them and continue on quietly.
    I use a copper ringed snaffle and running martingale for breaking and progress to a mild curb after a year of so.
    No lunging, no driving, just up and ride it out.
    Makes good solid bold horses with no nonesence'
    They tie solid from the first day, want to fight it? Let them. Hobble almost immediately or within the first month.
    Lots and lots of miles, heavy traffic and construction sites to familiarize them with everything.
    I know it sounds harsh but it isn't and the horses learn really quickly.
    Well all but one who bucked constantly for about a month. One day I settled it for good. I have posted the video.
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        08-14-2009, 07:43 AM
    The post from RIOSDAD struck a chord with me - undoubtedly my professional stuntman friend Dinnie would have given similar advice - if I had ever asked him about my own whirler and bolter,Joe. "A confrontation + a sharp lesson and a tough bit" would have been the professional's answer especially with a young impressionable horse. But my horse was a canny 13 year old heavy (650 kilo) cob who had worked in a trekking centre all his life. Joe knew every angle in the book. He had finally discovered a way to get me (whirl and bolt back down a steep hill) and lo and behold he got me and nearly killed me. Knowing I am a soft amateur who likes a horse to be a companion whom I can trust, when Joe's torn check ligament had healed, I had little choice but to pass him back to a professional. I don't really know what she did subsequently but Joe was soon being ridden by other amateur riders. In short time he went lame, again thru the check ligament. Last month he was put down. He had lasted 18 months with her, much of the time when lame. I miss him. He was a character horse and we had had lots of good times together. Ridden only by professionals, Joe may have survived but with a soft *****cat like me, he had no chance.
    There is a lesson there somewhere for all of us - me especially.

    Barry G

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