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        03-05-2014, 09:32 AM
    Originally Posted by loosie    
    Desensitising. Getting horses used to 'scary' stuff. People call it that I think because they often used to use an old feed sack or such to rub/bump all over the horse.
    Gotcha. That does make sense.
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        03-05-2014, 09:42 AM
    Originally Posted by Saengchwi    
    I still don't want to call in her original trainer
    Why not? Sounds like they did a fantastic job with her.
        03-05-2014, 11:43 AM
    Originally Posted by jackboy    
    Why haven't you gone off riding after the very first tint I back a horse I hit the trails builds a very confident horse and there is no better place to train than on trails in my opinion, but you have to consider I don't do anything in round pens
    Because I'm inexperienced and learning.
        03-05-2014, 11:53 AM
    Horses respect authority. When you discover a hole in your horse's training, you fix it. You don't start any fights that you do not intend to win, or else you are training your horse to behave badly when you back down.
    Since you are a parent you already understand about good/bad behavior and rewarding when your child tries. It is the same with the horse.
    Don't compare your abilities with any tv trainer. That would be just like comparing your recent skiing to the Olympians we watched last month. You will feel inadequate. They do that for a living, and you do it as a hobby. So it is with your horse training.
    Expect the best and correct the mistakes immediately. Don't move on until the lesson is learned and praise often, so that your horse knows he can please you.
    It is a skill. The more you practice, the better you get and you don't forget, just like you haven't forgotten how to ride a bike. We are all here rooting for you! =D
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        03-05-2014, 11:59 AM
    Originally Posted by Sahara    
    Why not? Sounds like they did a fantastic job with her.
    I'm uncertain if I have confidence in them for a couple of reasons related to when we got the horse. The horse was delivered with injuries and some other stuff. The other stuff might have been just fine and more about my inexperience Ribs showing on a healthy looking animal and hind shoes missing on a horse that wouldn't let the farrier work her hinds. Course they might have left her hinds like that because they knew I wanted to transition her to bare foot.

    I don't care to pass judgement on them because I don't feel I know enough to be qualified too...but that doesn't mean I would willingly choose to work with them unless its needed.
        03-07-2014, 01:51 PM
    You guys are right about it being like riding a bike! She's definitely feeling twitchy about things moving up from behind or from over her head...but...she knows she's supposed to stand still and stay focused on me. I was too nervous that she'd bolt and I wouldn't be able to hold her because I'm just not any where near as strong as a horse. So anyways, I'd just begun cautiously rubbing her down with crumpled bags when I first posted and she was twitching, shuddering, eyes wide, nostrils flared, nervous blowing etc. and I started to worry. But by this morning she's already starting to ignore the bags even though I now have a bunch of them tied to a giant flyswatter and moving all over and around her. She's not completely calm yet...but I'm no longer worried that she'll bolt and I won't be able to handle her so I think it'll be ok. It really is her training...if the people we bought her from did teach her all this then bless them and I'll be forever grateful! I just wish I knew if I really can trust them, heh. At any rate, I think it'd be hard to fail working with this

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