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post #11 of 15 Old 01-08-2010, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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Evening shadows- I havent had Bause for very long...I have been around her for a while but shes only become mine within the last few weeks and its been snowing and below freezing most of these three weeks. So I havent really had the permission an right to work with her till recent and in recent the weather hasnt been cooperating. She respects me better then anyone else but that really isnt saying much...she needs alot of work...

Kevinshorses- Thank you very much! Im gonna look into that I can find it in shermen this weekend...or it an expensive book? if not I may buy it...

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post #12 of 15 Old 01-08-2010, 12:29 PM
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I bought a library copy from Amazon. I'm not sure how much it was but I've seen them new and it's about $30 if I recall.

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post #13 of 15 Old 01-08-2010, 06:45 PM
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I would definitely start from the ground up then. Even if you think she knows something, teach her again as if it's the first time. There's no harm in spending a month or more on solid ground work and respect, it'll help tremedously in the end and you'll have a better horse for it. For the moment, forget trails and "fun" things and make her your priority...I know you might get flack from your friends for it, but imagine their faces when you DO join them next with a nicely behaved riding horse instead of the semi-demon.

I think I might look into that book too - sounds interesting and I'm always looking for new ideas and methods for gaining respect. Sounds like it'll give a better understanding of their body language as well...thanks!

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post #14 of 15 Old 01-10-2010, 04:36 PM
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I have the book, it is worth the $$$. Ground work is worth its weight in gold. I too have a 8 yr old that I am retrainig, filling in alot of holes.... She is also a touchy/feely horse with trust issues from the past although she is extremely talanted. She is progressing so well and when others had given up on her I knew I could not. It is hard work with good days and bad, sweat and tears, laughter and fun, it is all there, I am blessed with a trainer/coach who has lots of experience with this and knows how to get me where I want to go. I know you will have an awesome bond by doing the work yourself.
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post #15 of 15 Old 01-10-2010, 04:50 PM
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I should say that I had Dixie for 2 yrs before starting to work with her, I couldnt find anyone suitable to help me, I knew I couldnt do it alone, it was worth the wait, finding a good trainer/coach is so hard and important, Dixie doesnt need any more bad experiences. I think the rest was good and we still did ground work and walks, grooming etc.
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