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post #1 of 15 Old 03-12-2009, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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How Good do you have to be to train a horse?

Like how technically good do you have to be in order to train a pretty green horse? I am a higher intermediate rider to lower advanced haha and I just found this horse who would be an amazing project to resell (or to keep! :P ) so I was wondering if I would even have the ability to do train him. I'd be willing to spend tons of time with him too, doing everything.

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post #2 of 15 Old 03-12-2009, 09:53 PM
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I personally think that if you havent yet broken a horse, don't attempt it by yourself. Be sure you have another person with you (provided this person is hopefully well educated in training young horses).

I don't mean to say you cant do it, but im sure you'd rather it get done right and deal with the rough spots along the way, then have to deal with a half trained 1000pound animal, if you get what I'm saying.

Sorry if I'm not making any sense I'm so exaughsted

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Oh jeez. I completely went off-course, but basically the same applies for a ex-racer. Try it with someone whos experienced for the first couple times. You just need to remember that, that horse was trained to run.

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He is off the track, and he has been in training for the last two months, so he's not unbroken. He is even already jumping 2'6". And I would have access to an excellent trainer. Does that change things?
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Riding off the track greenies isn't easy. If you are a confident, stable rider working with a trainer you would probably be fine. He hasn't been off the track for that long. Personally, I find it a bit weird that he's been in training for 2 months and is already doing courses. I like to work slowly though.
You and your trainer know your ability better than I do :)
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I don't see any problem as long as you and your coach/trainer is willing to put out the time and effort to help. He could be very easy to get going well, or he could be a complete butthead about it. =p

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Basically what you guys are saying is check out the horse and talk to my trainer, right?
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Pretty much. You should try to go see the horse when your trainer can go along with you.

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Yeah. I'd say go for it if you feel like the horse is a good match for you and you've got a trainer to help you nip any subtle problems in the bud before they get to be bad.
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Yeah. I'd say go for it if you feel like the horse is a good match for you and you've got a trainer to help you nip any subtle problems in the bud before they get to be bad.
Basicly. ive trained a horse that had never been ridden, but i knew his history, cause ive had him since he was a baby, but ive also trained a horse that had been ridden before. he was harder to train because he must have picked up some bad habbits. he was half TB.
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post #10 of 15 Old 03-12-2009, 11:17 PM
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Yep, go take a look at him with your trainer.
It's just always a good idea to have someone experienced with you to help you out with your first training project.
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