Originally Posted by Corporal
Too true. I cannot say ENOUGH about having an older schoolmaster horse to help. My bossy, broke to death herd leader, "Tyke" made it easy to train new horses that I brought into his herd. In fact, if I made the mistake of buying a horse with training problems, the rest of the herd (finished and disciplined) would bully this horse after I've had a difficult session with him or her. I don't think non-horse people would understand how your horses want to help.
I learned early on with horses that they watch you with other horses. I bought my first youngster, an 18month old who wasn't very good about picking up his feet. I was working with him on that and he was getting better but not very fast. One day I caught my old man up (22yrs old) and the youngster then tied them next to each other. I grabbed my pick and went around all four corners on the old man first. Moved to the youngster and it was almost a "hmmph, that's how we do that" and he was a perfect angel from then on about his feet.