Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Some horses do buck, it's a hard fact - and you have to know how to deal with it. If you think she might buck if you "demand" she move forward, be prepared to turn her in a tight circle to get her hind end disengaged, then make her work hard for it. Right now she's winning - she says "no" and you say "oh.. okay then." You have to be willing to get mean and nasty with some horses, and not be afraid of the horse bucking. The owner is paying you to do the dirty work for them, and as I said, at 60 days I'd want the horse to have a good w/t/c under saddle if I'm paying a trainer to break a horse. Within 90 days they should have a very good base under saddle; w/t/c, turning, circling properly, even some yields to the leg and possibly working long and low in a frame. If you don't feel confident enough to get this horse broken in, I'd contact the owner and just say that; I'd rather a trainer be honest like that than pay for 90 days of training to just have the horse round-penned.
With my last training project, I spent half a month getting a good solid base on her - lunging (and w/t/c on verbal command), and long-lining very well at the walk and trot (I can't keep up with a canter haha!) After 30 days I had solid walk and trot on her under saddle. It's been too wet out to do any cantering under saddle. This is the horse I couldn't even catch the first time I met her.
Some horses do take longer, yes, but sometimes you've just gotta bite the bullet and "git 'er done!" I decided one day that I was going to jump on Magic within the week and I did it, regardless of how I was feeling.
I'm sorry if any of this is harsh, I'm speaking trainer to trainer though.
Edited to add:
Perhaps 3 hours four days a week is too much for her. Young horses' brains start to frazzle after even short sessions. With younger horses I only spend about 30 minutes with them, TOPS, but make sure I end on a good note.
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