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post #1 of 8 Old 11-20-2008, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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Know what you are getting into...

The subject of a technique being dangerous came up in a discussion, and I thought it would do good to point out how potentially dangerous most ALL training is, or can be.

It really should not be attempted by someone who feels any insecrurities, or lacks confidence. The horse will sense it and use it to his/her advantage.

If you are new to training, or even wanting to 'work' with your horse on something, it would be helpful to attempt the method on an older, more fogiving horse. I did that when I wanted to teach our mare to ground driving, but I had never done it, only seen it done. It helped, when I was ready to train the green mare, I was far more confident. I would definately seek help from someone you admire that has good results with horses, I did that as well, before I attempted to train my first horse alone. (Now I just have trained my hubby's horse, and he was so impressed he thinks I should do it professionally.)

Many times it is the rider that is the root of the problem, and that should be explored as well as the horse's behavior.

And I have been seriously in danger, but I have learned to predict what the horse is gonna do and I am pretty quick on my feet. But if you are gonna try to solve an issue with yourself, it would be a good idea to know what you may be getting into. Horses themselves are dangerous, but training crosses into a territory of danger beyond just ridin (like that isn't dangerous enough!), and one you are voluntarily putting yourself in.

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post #2 of 8 Old 11-20-2008, 03:45 PM
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Agreed! That's the boat I'm in. That's why I don't work on something unless I feel confident enough to do it......might be why it's taking forever for our training lol. But he's learning things, im learning, and no one is hurt yet. Besides emotionally on my part lol.
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-20-2008, 03:55 PM
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I have to say I agree all the way too. Its amazing what our horses can sense.
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post #4 of 8 Old 11-20-2008, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, a horse can tell what you are REALLY feeling, even things you are in denial about. Training horses taught me more self control than anything else (then motherhood taught me the rest).

Know thyself, know thy horse.
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post #5 of 8 Old 11-20-2008, 05:27 PM
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:) Indeed. If you are not comfortable doing something, then don't do it. The first horse that I trained by myself, I was 14 and thought I was invincible. I didn't know until later that horse had been bucking people off and even sent one guy to the hospital. :/ I guess he sensed my confidence and never gave me any problems. He only ever bucked once and it was more of a crow-hop anyway. Now I am a little more cautious and take things slower. Making sure that the horse is ready before I attempt something. But like anything you do with horses, training is dangerous. The best advise I ever got was don't worry about what might happen, just react to what does. Also, Never react out of anger, if you start to get mad, then it is time to quit.
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post #6 of 8 Old 11-21-2008, 02:44 AM
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I agree, so many people get hurt in the area I live because they all think they are horse trainers. They think they are invincible and they can do it all. Then they go out and do something wrong or are unconfident in knowing what they are doing, and they get sent to the hospital or worse. I have ended up with so many problem driving horses because people try to train them by theselves and then they get hurt and I end up with their horse to retrain. Heck, it takes me more time to train that problem horse than it does to break in a new driving horse that knows absolutely nothing! They mess that horse up so bad, I hate to see someone who does not know what they are doing trying to train a horse.

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post #7 of 8 Old 11-21-2008, 07:08 AM Thread Starter
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Yep. My hubby wanted me to train his mare to harness, but while I feel confident teaching what I know to horses, I don't know much at all about harness and driving and I told him he would hafta get a pro to do that one. IF I had someone to watch and learn from, and I had an older, easy going horse to cut my teeth on (so to speak) I mite attempt it, but as it is rite now, no way.

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post #8 of 8 Old 11-22-2008, 02:59 PM
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I completely agree with this topic. I have a trainer who give me riding lessons and training lessons. She helped me start my last colt and I learned so much by having someone there talking me through everything. Now I can start colts on my own, and I can feel much more confident and safe doing so.
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