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post #21 of 24 Old 08-11-2012, 08:10 AM
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How do YOU start a horse? I hit the starter button - ha ha ha. How can you tell I've have too much sun and heat?
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post #22 of 24 Old 08-11-2012, 11:25 AM
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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.
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post #23 of 24 Old 08-15-2012, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys for all the replys. Iv been at our state fair all week with my hog (she sold for $864). Keep it goin!

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post #24 of 24 Old 08-15-2012, 10:09 AM
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I would say I do it similar to a lot of others here.

I do enough groundwork so that they're calm and accepting and have a bit of control. I introduce the bit to them on the ground, and drive them a little too.

I get on slowly but within the first ride, and want to make sure they're ok with me petting and bumping and touching them all over.

By the second ride usually, we're outside the pen (depending on the horse), I like to be trotting by the third or fourth. I don't wait too long to canter, usually a few rides after the first trot, but I want to know I have control and steering at the trot before I take them faster. I always use another horse when introducing the trot and canter to young ones - it's just easier to get them going the first time. I just don't make a habit of it, and after (and during) the first trotting or cantering lesson with another horse, I usually expect them to be able to move off by themselves.

Anything after this is based on the horse. I am to be out of a pen/arena entirely, on the trail or at least in the open by the fourth or fifth ride, but as smrobs said, you don't want to push them farther than they can handle. They do need pushed, and they do really need to be RODE more than other horses, and the more you ride them like they're broke, the faster they're going to get broke.

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