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post #1 of 7 Old 01-08-2013, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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Help with an Unbroke Hano!

I was given a 4 year old unbroke Hano mare. She has only had 60 days of handling. Never seen a saddle, etc. Her owner wants her to be a an amateur H/J circuit horse. I have had basically no experience jumping other than 3 months of CC lessons on my WP quarter horse when i was 16 I have alot of experience with HUS

Since she wants her to be an over fences horse. Other than the basics of breaking out. What are some things i should work on? How should the horse respond off my hands, legs, seat, etc?

I have never rode a Hano before, let alone broke one out. Im very excited about this opportunity! I want to make sure i get everything right and set her on the right path.
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-08-2013, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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I should have put this in the training section. Whoops
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post #3 of 7 Old 01-08-2013, 06:18 PM
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I suggest that you get yourself a very ver competant trainer.

RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT

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Agreed with above poster.

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Don't worry about fences for at least the first 6 months.

Ground work, "bombproofing" (ie walking over tarps, through things, etc..) and desensitizing are your friends. Get the horse round penning and long lining with very good responses to voice commands. She should also be able to lunge with side reins in all three gaits once a saddle and bridle are introduced. Then the breaking bit, which is about the same for all horses (but be prepared for bigger, stronger bucks!!).
From there it's teaching her to steer from very small commands, teaching her about leg and hand, again with very small commands and getting her broke broke broke and not spooky. Trail riding, going over logs on the trails, etc.

A good ammy horse is a really well broke one that bats an eye at nothing. From that point on, anyone can teach the horse to jump, that is not the hard part.

As far as how she should respond to legs and hand? From very light aids. It is so easy to train sensitivity in babies as they are so sensitive naturally. NO exaggerated hand movements to turn, NO exaggerated leg movements to go and no pulling to stop. If the horse is on good voice aids then adding a small leg, or small hand with the voice aid soon teaches them to go and stop. Turning is very, very easy as well. Reins short to feel the horse's mouth, hands close together and then just turn the horse with a combination of leg and body weight. Don't overthink it! Remember the horse can feel a fly on their flank. They can feel your weight shift, it is then very easy to put an aid to.

If you are ever at all uncomfortable, get a trainer involved. WBs are far less forgiving than a QH and you cannot "scare" them into submission. It is also a good idea to be under the supervision of a more experienced person. And don't touch the jumping unless you are very confident OF. A rider who does not know what they are doing jumping can screw up a horse for jumping for the rest of their lives.

Good luck!
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post #6 of 7 Old 01-08-2013, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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I dont plan on ever taking her over jumps. I'm simply breaking her out. I will be on her for 4 months at the most. I just would like to put her in the right direction. I have only ever broke out HUS and WP horses. So I wouldn't know where to start with a jumper.

Question tho, I enjoy a light horse. I like to work my horses off light leg and my seat. I dont like to touch my horse's mouth. I usually train my horses to carry themselves and work off neck reining. I like to be able to do a horsemanship pattern with my HUS on a drape kinda thing. BUT, I am not training this horse for me. I am training it for the owner. I have been told by alot of trainers that I should get the horse a little "dull". So its more forgiving when the owner gets on it and yanks or uses too much leg. Thoughts?
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post #7 of 7 Old 01-08-2013, 09:43 PM
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Nope. Riders can easily adjust to a sensitive horse. I would start her as you have mentioned, but without a drape in the rein, and using direct reining.
The only thing the horse should be dull to is its surroundings and be not spooky.
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