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post #11 of 13 Old 11-06-2011, 06:01 PM
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You were right on. You sat close encase she started getting stupid and in trouble. She was right about one thing horses do not think the same way as we do. They may not know the word patients, but they do know uncomfortable and comfortable. She was uncomfortable in the start by the end she was comfortable enough to sleep. That to me says you had success training session.
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post #12 of 13 Old 11-07-2011, 04:02 AM
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I think you did the right thing. There are many snooty people who think they know everything and jump at the opportunity to correct others one what they are doing "wrong". I think your reaction was perfect, dont cause drama, just find a polite way to send her on her way. Remember the old saying "Kill 'em with kindness". I had this same problem over the last few weeks while shopping for a new horse, the trainer where it was boarded was extremely rude to me and even insulted me for wearing a HELMET of all things!! Then he proceeded to insult my riding shoes, my saddle, my sitting position, my horse trailer, and my truck. I did my best to be polite but a person can only take so much. I just smiled very nicely at him and thanked him for his time and left. He lost out on a sale and any referrals to his training facility. As for your method of training your horse, I think you did the right thing. By standing in the washstall with your horse jerking its head and yelling at it to stand still, you wont do anything but reinforce the reasons why your horse doesnt want to stand there. By the way, I have never had a trainer either, I just learn from trial and error and an enormous amount of patience. I read a beatiful passage out of a book today that I think you would appreciate. "Horses should be ridden like a surfer rides a wave. The surfer does not force or change the wave. The surfer learns how to ride.The greatest horsemen are the ones who know that the horses spirit should not be diminished." ~Carolyn Resnick, Naked Liberty
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post #13 of 13 Old 11-07-2011, 04:44 AM
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I like and agree with your method.

And I applaud your tact and patience.

As a matter of fact, I would do exactly the same thing in that situation.

Boarding in large barns requires a thick skin, a deaf ear or both to keep your sanity.

And don't take advice from anyone you haven't seen ride and train and admire their results.
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