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post #1 of 47 Old 10-02-2011, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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How did the indians train their horses?

I was just thinking about all the "gimicks" we can use while training our horses and wondered how did the cowboys and indians train their horses?
Horses for wars and pulling wagons ect. I don't know why I thought of this but I wondered if any one knew this answer?
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I'm sure there will be some people with better (more detailed) answer, but from what I've read indians were in fact quite harsh in their breaking/riding. Horse was meant to work, not something to fuss around working it in round pen, shaking plastic bags and alike.
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A lot of indians started their mounts in water. They had their initial fit where they couldn't get dumped and by the time they got them out of the water they were so tired they didn't have any fight left in them.

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I'm sure there will be some people with better (more detailed) answer, but from what I've read indians were in fact quite harsh in their breaking/riding. Horse was meant to work, not something to fuss around working it in round pen, shaking plastic bags and alike.
I have heard this too, which is why it always makes me chuckle when I see a comment referring to the natives and their gentle, spiritual, natural horsemanship techniques.

I too would like to know more about the way they trained.
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So far all I can find is how horses were part of the indians herd and that they used natural methods for training but can't really find any thing that says how they did it.
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I heard it was basically a rodeo, stay on until the horse has no more fight in em. Not really what Hollywood always painted it xD
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Gawani Pony Boy trained all their horses for them.

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People have an unrealistic "mystical" idea of the kind indian horse trainer. However, artists like Russel, George Catlin (traveled with Lewis and Clark), and others who lived with the indians and painted their life as they saw it would tell you differently. The training methods were cruel and extreme.

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My step uncle lives on a res. And it was not pretty the old ways. The bond that is painted in moves is not true. How many of us would kill our horse cause he is lame or we are hungry.

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