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        01-25-2008, 09:51 AM
    Green Broke
    Not really. When someone asks me to train their horse, the first thing I do it hook reins to their halter and jump on. No saddle. It really helps me understand the horse and how it moves, what cues I should teach the horse and when. It helps me understand the horses mental stability, for example. I worked with an extremely hyper horse about 4 months ago. She was constantly bug-eyed, even standing in her stall. I didn't feel it was safe to start her bareback considering she had never been riddin that way. But after about a week of riding everyday with english I jumped on her bareback. It helped me understand her better. I realize that I couldn't do more then one thing at a time with her like I would have to teach her to stop properly. Without pushing her nose out, then teach her to walk with a head set. She couldn't handel being taught more then one thing at time. But my gelding that I am training, I can teach him 3 or 4 different things at time. See what im getting at.
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        01-25-2008, 11:17 AM
    I was just saying that to get a name built up for myself, I trained my mare to the best of my ability, and so when others rode her and had a good experience, they knew who did all the training. I have gotten TONS of compliments on her, and because of the carry-over of such compliments, I have had job opportunities :)
    But whatever works for you!! Everyone has slightly different styles and ideas, and very few are wrong.
    There are some amazing people on this forum with different ideas :) keep 'em coming
        01-25-2008, 11:44 AM
    I think Parelli has a program you can do long distance. You just send them a video of you doing the "lessons", and progress through the levels to become a certified trainer. Spirithorse would know more or you can check their web site. http://www.parelli.com
        01-26-2008, 09:42 AM
    What do you mean, riding with only a saddle?

    The first step, and probably the most import, is just spending time with horses. Watch them, see how they interact with other horses and people. Training is communicating, and you have to be able to communicate on the horse's level.
        01-27-2008, 12:21 PM
    What makes you think I am not spending time with horses?

    I just got back to the farm today after a month vacation because of an injury. And until ill be able to ride again, I am developing my connection with the horses without it.

    All of my questions refer to the future, I still do not have enough exprience.
        01-27-2008, 12:25 PM
    I am very glad you realize that and are so keen to learn! That's great :) just keep doing what you're doing, and who knows what could happen? ;)

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