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        02-11-2010, 12:14 PM
    Green Broke
    Little [The horse im training]

    I was asked to take my friends horse in for training when she went away for the Air Force. The person who was "training" him before me was doing A LOT more harm then good! She asked this person to train him western.. and she used so much force this poor horse would start dripping sweat after a 20 min ride.. even if it was just trotting with his head in teh sky!! The second you got on him [this is from experience] he would speed off at teh walk with his head up in the sky and start prancing.. I rode this horse BEFORE that "trainer" got to him and he was nothing like that.. well anywaysss after 3-4 months of work I got through his shell and got some trust and relaxation through the help of parelli. Got his permission to ride him and did a lot of circle work and bending to keep him from bracing and getting to nervous. Well this is where we ended up :)

    I know he's a bit behind the verticle. Let me know what you think :) don't be to harsh though because I am REALLY proud of what I did with him. And everyone who sees me ride him can't really believe its the same horse. This horse use to perposily run into the other horses when being ridden. Now he's actually respectful when riding.

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        02-11-2010, 01:33 PM
    What setup are you riding him in? Can't tell from the picture....
        02-11-2010, 01:56 PM
    Green Broke
    Bridle, Reins, and rope halter :P
    The bit he has on is close to myler bit. It has low port on it with no break.. idk if im explaining that right.
        02-11-2010, 02:25 PM
    Started looks like he's lacking impulsion from that picture....although I wasn't there watching him go....but if he was more forward and pushing from behind that would help bring his head up, even though you are going for Western. I'd do a lot of Freestyle stuff with him to help his confidence. Going behind the bit is evasion and comes from lack of confidence in the rider's hands/contact on the bit.
        02-11-2010, 02:33 PM
    Green Broke
    Im actually trying to make him less impulsive right now because he's TOO impulsive usually lol! His owner wants him like western please slow which is ridiculous but its what she wants. So Im trying to get it so he still uses his hind end but can really slow himself down.

    That's actually kinda where I want his head. Im trying to keep him at .. or a little below wither level.

    He actaully goes behind the bit because that's literally what he was taught by the other owner, it was hard enough to bring his head down .. but to stop going into like a rolkur position. When you first use to pick up teh reins he would tuck his head right under it was horrible lol So he's getting better.
        02-11-2010, 02:40 PM
    :/ I don't know if you should train, not to be mean! But if you're inexperienced you could end up hurting the horse even more.
        02-11-2010, 02:45 PM
    Michele he looks great! So much better from the pictures I've seen before. It looks like he's really starting to trust someone for once in his life!
        02-11-2010, 02:46 PM
    Green Broke
    Ive worked with horses for 8-9 years. Broke my own horse to ride. And now training this horse. Also trained my very first horse to canter under saddle :)

    I think im safe to train him.
        02-11-2010, 02:56 PM
    Just be careful, this isn't your horse, so if you mess up then it is all on you. Just because you've broke one horse doesn't make you qualified. The trainers I know have worked (I mean riding every 4 days, not just mucking stalls and brushing them) with horses for 10+ years and did job shadows (or went to college for it) with well known trainers before they started to train horses.

    And correct me if I'm wrong but didn't you post saying your horse was lame? And that you have never dealt with a lame horse before?

    To me that doesn't sound like experience.
        02-11-2010, 03:10 PM
    Green Broke
    I can actually take back what I said about the lame horse thing because my first horse will was lamed up from 2 huge masses he had in his back legs.. so I take that back. Sadly, poor boy had to be put down.

    I ride these two horses 4-5 days a week.... maybe more. Sadly Chance is lame so she cannot be worked. They both got worked form the ground up. Chance was a abused/neglect case from teh day she was born till the day I got her [4 1/2].. so yeah it kinda took some skills to get her to where she is.

    Im actually going to start working with a few other horses at my barn. One is another horse that was "trained" by this "trainer" And is totally messed up and lashing out at everythign and the poor owner is only 13. Im going to be working with the owner so she can get her confidence up with her horse, of course starting from teh ground.

    Im planning on going and working with trainers in the future. Everyone starts someone. Right now Im started with helping people with there horses.

    Can you not see a CLEAR change in this horse???

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