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    09-27-2010, 03:02 PM
How do you train?

Another thread on bits got me reading about spade bits got me reading about 'old timer' training methods. I'm going to completely rework my training plan, looks like I finally found the training method I've been looking for.

I was curious though, as to what other people are doing as far as training. I'm talking taking an unbroke horse, and finishing him out in whatever discipline he's suitable for.

For Divo (in brief):
Start with ground driving and working. Move up to under saddle work in a bosal hackamore. Then, move up to a two-rein, snaffle+hackamore, eventually finishing into the snaffle. When the tip of the iceberg has been reached, leap off and into the great Atlantic Curb Bit, laying Dressage and Driving foundation throughout the entire training period, starting with the hackamore.

Collection, softness, responsiveness, and delicacy of the mouth the ultimate goal.

Divo's five now, we won't be starting any saddle work until next spring. Plenty of time to play with him over the winter, get him accustomed to wearing tack and moving with the saddle.
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    09-27-2010, 05:41 PM
I start in hand. I like a horse to read my body language and get real soft on the lead. Walking trotting at different speeds. In straight lines and circles as well as backing in straight lines and circles off my shoulders. I want a real solid stop and a good long stand. I like to be able to ground tie my horses and they stay put while I work on the fence or work another horse. I start with obstacles in and too. Then I long line and two line and ground drive then I drive in shafts and with a single tree before I hitch. Some horse get all of this before they are backed some get backed before they are hitched. I teach voice commands and use those to teach seat, leg and rein cues. I like to use another horse for a lot of early training so they watch that horse then get a turn. I never consider a horse fully trained there is always something to teach them and keeping the teacher student relationship keeps them from getting soured and resentful.

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