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post #1 of 5 Old 01-07-2013, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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How do I train this mare?

I have a wonderful, amazing 3 year old mare. I'm 100% positive, without a doubt, this mare could make an AMAZING eventer. She's got a beautiful floating trot that would be perfect for the dressage arena. She's incredibly scopey and brave and she's super careful with her feet, which makes me think she'd be a wonderful jumper and cross-country mount. She has so much potential and I'm eager to see what could be made out of her. She's too small to be an eventing mount for me (I'm 5'5 and she's 14.3), but I think she'd be a great horse to lease to children eventers.

However, I have a rather large problem attached to this goal. I have never trained a horse. I've been riding since I was five and I've had a number of amazing trainers, the last two who gave me a bit to go on in regards to training, so I'm positive I can train her on the flat. She'd be a nice basic ride if I trained her. Yet I can't help but think that this little mare deserves so much more than just being a basic ride. So much potential she deserves to reach it all.

So basically what I'm asking for is help on how to train her. I still have yet to get her used to all the aides, but once she's got that down she's more than ready to start on small jumps. But how do I train her to be an eventer? Any help would be MORE than appreciated! Thanks!
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-08-2013, 02:30 AM
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Have you done eventing then? Bring horse along using what you know already. Groundwork, consistent riding, and if you really think she has got it, send her to trainer is what I would do.

Easier to do that, than risk messing up a potential champion.

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One of you needs to know what your doing -- either you OR the horse. Training is a lot different that just riding. It requires a very good developed sense of timing and feel. You have to be able to add something positive to that horse's knowledge every time you ride it. Most riders, even good ones, take something off of a horse's riding responses for many years.

When you have to ask the question "How do I train a horse -- from scratch?", you are not in a position to train one. When you do not know what you do not know, you need to learn from a trainer or work with a trainer in order to know what reaction you need for everything she does or does not do. You must be able to teach a horse everything it needs to know to build the next step on. Hundreds of books and thousands of pages are written on the subject, so any internet response is going to be woefully inadequate.

It is real good feeling when you reach the points that you confidently feel a horse is doing things better every time to get off than when you got off last time. Assisting a good trainer is still the best way to learn how to train a horse. Then, you do not have to try to invent it over and you have someone's educated eyes to stop you from making a mistake before it gets to be a serious problem that needs to be undone.
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We all have the first "project horse" If you feel you're ready, fine, no one here knows what your know. However, you really shouldn't go in this completely on your own. I would take a few lessons on her with a trainer. Map out a program and ride her based off of that program. Consult with your trainer and continue to take a lessons biweekly or so. Last thing you want to do is mess it up. You can learn a lot with your first "project horse" I know I did. But you also have to be confident to ask for help. NO RIDER completely trains a horse from start to finish with out consulting someone else.
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We all have the first "project horse" If you feel you're ready, fine, no one here knows what your know. However, you really shouldn't go in this completely on your own. I would take a few lessons on her with a trainer. Map out a program and ride her based off of that program. Consult with your trainer and continue to take a lessons biweekly or so. Last thing you want to do is mess it up. You can learn a lot with your first "project horse" I know I did. But you also have to be confident to ask for help. NO RIDER completely trains a horse from start to finish with out consulting someone else.
I couldn't agree more. For my first "project" horse this is exactly what I did. But to pay for the training, instead of just forking out the cash, I asked the trainer if I could work for him (warming up horses, brushing, cleaning, etc.) so that I could learn a lot from him along the way. It was the best thing I've ever done, I learned more that summer about horsemanship than I could have ever imagined. And I got to train my mare along the way like a professional would, but I was doing it, he was just showing me how to do everything properly.

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