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post #11 of 33 Old 04-06-2009, 02:26 PM
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I havent heard of Monty Roberts join-up so I wouldnt know :(

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post #12 of 33 Old 04-06-2009, 03:13 PM
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Wow I loved seeing that video! It's amazing to see a horse move like that.
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post #13 of 33 Old 04-06-2009, 05:35 PM
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I've done Monty's join up before and it just seemed incomplete. I saw too many holes in the program. I finally found Parelli and an absolute believer in it.
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post #14 of 33 Old 04-06-2009, 06:51 PM
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You can tell because they'll have a lifeless look in their eyes, like they just don't care about anything anymore. Breaking a horse's spirit is not the way to train them. They do it all the time in Spanishland and it makes me sick. You're not a true horseman if you have to beat a horse into submission.

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post #16 of 33 Old 04-06-2009, 09:05 PM
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I believe you can get a horses spirit back. I've taken in horses that have been beaten and neglected. They had no personality, no play, no zest for life. It comes back. Sometimes it takes years, sometimes weeks, but you can get it back, with patience, time, love, and understanding.

Back in the "cowboy days" they used to "break" horses. Now most people train them. There is a difference. A horse can be well behaved, have excellent ground manners, and even work like a "machine" and still not be broken. IF it is trained properly. It usually takes a lot of time and sweat to get them that way and that is why some people will opt to "break their spirit". You can bring your horse back though. Good luck.

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I believe you can get a horses spirit back. I've taken in horses that have been beaten and neglected. They had no personality, no play, no zest for life. It comes back. Sometimes it takes years, sometimes weeks, but you can get it back, with patience, time, love, and understanding.

Back in the "cowboy days" they used to "break" horses. Now most people train them. There is a difference. A horse can be well behaved, have excellent ground manners, and even work like a "machine" and still not be broken. IF it is trained properly. It usually takes a lot of time and sweat to get them that way and that is why some people will opt to "break their spirit". You can bring your horse back though. Good luck.


The way some people treat animals makes me sick, is so horrible... I'm so sorry about Abby, but i think you can bring her spirit back.
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post #18 of 33 Old 04-07-2009, 02:41 AM Thread Starter
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Thankyou everyone!

It's so sad that people do that. I'm going to look into Parelli or something similar.

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post #19 of 33 Old 04-07-2009, 06:59 AM
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I'm reselling my new horse back to it's previous owners. He puts his ears back and is very agressive towards me. They said they hit him and he behaves. So I tried, only giving him a light tap and ever since then he has tried to kick me several times.

When he is not nervous looking and putting his ears back, he looks like he is drugged up. He seems slow and always looks like he is half asleep. Is it possible that the previous owners may have hit him a lot and it has broken his spirit?

I'm new to horses but I always thought that you are never supposed to hit them.
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post #20 of 33 Old 04-07-2009, 11:52 AM
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they could have been abusive or it could be that they soured him w/ the wrong types of discipline and training. I'm sorry it didn't work out.

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