It is interesting for me to read all these posts and hear about people sending their horses out for one to three months and coming back with such disastrous results. I don't think people realize how long it really takes to create a solidly trained animal and even a horse ridden daily for one month (to grueling a schedule in my opinion especially for a horse unaccustomed to training) how little has actually been established. At that point a horse has barely been sensitized to it's rider, and has only approached the idea of communicating specific cues in order to accomplish a result. For a green horse in a month of training, the idea of a lead has barely been acomplished, and the accuracy of asking for the correct lead and having the horse pick it up is not 100% and that is with the trainer. So a horse who has been recieving very specific cues for one month is expected to go back to a rider whose accuracy cannot be expected to be that of the trainers and the trainer ends up being blamed for the horses confusion. If the rider wants a well trained animal where it is properly acustomed to the scenario and will give dependable response in that scenario, either with giving the correct response to a cue, or not spooking when a scarry object is presented, can take years, not months. I can only think that most trainers give what their time limit allows, and I think people who have never worked with green horses don't realize how quickly training can be undone if they don't take the time to work with the trainer and learn how to properly communicate with the horse. This should take at least six months for green horses or horses with major issues or training a horse in a field where you have no expereince. I think sending a horse away for 30 days of training is only a down payment, and cannot be expected to give you a completly solid horse with a solid foundation in that way of thinking. You have to know how to properly reinforce your investment and sometimes that depends on how long it takes to train you Time is sometimes the most expensive thing you can invest in horses.
Troubled TB ~"A thorn by any other name will prick just as deep." @-'--,---
Last edited by TroubledTB; 08-07-2009 at 01:49 AM.