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post #1 of 15 Old 06-06-2013, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions on Liberty Horsemanship

Hello, ya'll. I'm just opening this topic up for anyone and everyone to write in and give their opinions on Liberty Horsemanship.
For me, I'd love to try it sometime. But yet I feel like some of it isn't for me. I've been researching some of it and it seems as though i'm over powering my horse and what not, and its making me feel kind of guilty.
Leave me some of your comments. I'd love to see what you guys think!
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post #2 of 15 Old 06-06-2013, 01:02 PM
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Hello, ya'll. I'm just opening this topic up for anyone and everyone to write in and give their opinions on Liberty Horsemanship.
For me, I'd love to try it sometime. But yet I feel like some of it isn't for me. I've been researching some of it and it seems as though i'm over powering my horse and what not, and its making me feel kind of guilty.
Leave me some of your comments. I'd love to see what you guys think!
-Skylar
Like most things in the horse world, I find that there are certain aspects that interest me, and other aspects that don't. I say, that if you don't agree with all of it, then only practice the stuff you do agree with.
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post #3 of 15 Old 06-06-2013, 01:20 PM
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Personally, I think it is silly. Horses know we are not horses. They also may or may not trust us, but it won't be based on trotting around with them. In fact, my 3 horses rarely 'play' together. And when they do, their idea of 'play' is something I don't want to do:



Mostly, they just hang out together and swat flies off of each other.

Maybe I should go out there with a flyswatter and hang out for a few hours, swatting flies. But I'd rather ride.
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post #4 of 15 Old 06-06-2013, 01:55 PM
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I'm not real impressed with it. Whatever floats your boat , I guess. I'd make sure the horse had solid training as far as ground work and under saddle first.
Some of the popular trainers march around moving a horse here and there "at liberty" so..... but if I tried that my horses would probably decide they would rather work from the other end of the pasture. Basically, I'm just too lazy is what it boils down to.

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post #5 of 15 Old 06-06-2013, 02:34 PM
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I would not start a horse any other way. A round pen, the horse, and trainer, great start. No halter, no bridle, maybe a short lariat.
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post #6 of 15 Old 06-06-2013, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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I understand JaphyJaphy. The whole aspect does not interest me.
Some of the reading I've done on it calls tack "cruel" and regular training diminishes all the horse's creativity and expression. I think that sounds pretty dumb, although that's just my opinion. My horse and I have a great bond, and she trusts me whole heartedly. I've already figured this out, by the way she acts. I don't need to prance around with her to know were bonded.
Thanks for your opinions so far!

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post #7 of 15 Old 06-06-2013, 07:32 PM
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Gimmick.

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post #8 of 15 Old 06-06-2013, 10:34 PM
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I would love to apprentice to a Cavalia-esque trainer for a while.
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post #9 of 15 Old 06-07-2013, 07:54 AM
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I love it. I love watching it and I love doing it. I think it's a great way to see how much your horse respects you and looks to you as their leader.
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post #10 of 15 Old 06-07-2013, 08:23 AM
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Liberty works well with a very sensitive horse. Even with desensitizing to the whip the sensitive horse can find it to much when it's used to ask it to move even with the whip barely moving. I downgraded to a thin willow, much better, then downgraded to my hand, better yet. Now this same technique is completely ignored by the other horse that is pretty mellow so the whip has to be wiggled to show him I'm not talking to a wall.
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