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post #1 of 5 Old 03-08-2012, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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New to horses and looking to start strong.

I have spent the past few evenings reading through many posts in this section. Thank you to all who have taken thief time to share their knowledge and experience.

I have two Labradors that I hunt with that I have trained myself. They are extremely well behaved and dynamite in the field or boat. I tribute their manners and hunting to their training. I stayed consistent, firm and fair with them never asking more than they were capable of or exceeding their drive/training.

With that being said, I am new to the horse world. My fiancée and I just got two horses this week from a neighbor. They are 18 and 25. They have been together for 15years and are buddies. I believe them staying together has made their transition to our place easier. The 25yr old was a excellent cowboy horse and has more spunk than the 18yr old. The 18yr old is a big boy who is a lover. The both halter,trailer, and saddle very well. We are excited to have the boys as an addition to the family.

My fiancée has been riding and since she was 12 and is confident in her abilities to care for and work they boys. I am new but want to start off right and have a strong pressence and maintain consistency with my interactions with them, in all aspects of my role as a rider and caretaker.

We have a vet, ferrier and chiropractor lined up. Worming and vaccination scheduled also.

I am looking for general advise and to be pointed in the right direction. Are there any really great threads, articles or training guides anyone has "Bookmarked" or saved that I might learn from. I will continue to look throughout the forums and Internet for information. Anything that could be shared would be appreciated. I posted in natural horsemanship also. Trying to cover all bases!

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post #2 of 5 Old 03-08-2012, 07:23 PM
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What will you be doing with "the Boys"? Other than the usual feeding, mucking, brushing, etc, that is.

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post #3 of 5 Old 03-08-2012, 08:13 PM
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The stickies are a good place to start. A big part of working with horses is reading their body language, and that will take some time. Chris Irwin used to have free videos on the web, but unfortunately they no longer are there.

Getting some older horses for a start was smart. I wish I had done instead I've spent lots of money and learned most things the hard way. Also have a sore hip that has been sore for 3 years and 6 weeks - but who is counting?

"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-08-2012, 09:01 PM
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IMHO you are starting right : asking questions! With the internet at hand you can answer alot of the questions you may have. I have found many great articles on here for both the newbie and the old pro. There are some great people too! :) Keep looking and asking! Good Luck!
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post #5 of 5 Old 03-08-2012, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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Mostly trail and riding around town. Depending on how well they do (actually meaning how well I actually do )

Thanks for the support!
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