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        11-01-2008, 06:41 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    As someone who has just recently backed and started a mare, about 3-4 weeks ago, I personally want to bring home how rewarding each step feels.

    I've never *really* backed and started my own horse before... my gelding I helped with, but I never did the actual riding, just the groundwork, and supported his rider from the ground etc. Doing all the riding with Honey is the best experience I've ever encountered! Knowing that she learnt something from me - wow! It makes your confidence skyrocket... it gives you a sense of achievement, and the bond between me and Honey is so incredibly strong now... I'm so glad I took this route. I'm a nervous rider too, but I've overcome SO MUCH in the past month... I'll never regret it.

    However, I'm lucky to have my best mate/instructor come out and show me what I need to do and then make sure I can do it, before leaving me to it. We just started trotting the other week, man what an experience.

    I say, if you think you'd like to try it, go for it... not only are you teaching your horse, you're learning everything about him/her. And the mistakes we make, are the ones that make us a stronger rider/horse owner.

    I wish you all the best with whatever path you take!
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        11-01-2008, 07:35 AM
      #12
    Showing
    "..... Learn together...."

    A very romantic notion but someone has to be the teacher. You can't read a book then go out and try it on your horse. A mistake you make in the early stage may never get undone or at the least, undo all that you accomplished to that point.

    It is the same theory as buying a green horse for a green rider and have them learn together.
         
        11-01-2008, 06:56 PM
      #13
    Showing
    We have had 3 baby's and I have gotten all of them from birth to the saddle breaking stage. That's when I hand them off to someone else.
    I'm with everyone else of the opinion that my health is worth the price of the trainer. I don't want to be the first one in the saddle I'm a chicken I know how to do it I just don't want to get hurt. I do plan on being there everyday they are at the trainers.

    Our last 2 will be heading off next spring for a few weeks. I can't wait to be able to ride them.
         
        11-03-2008, 06:40 AM
      #14
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iridehorses    
    "..... Learn together...."

    A very romantic notion but someone has to be the teacher. You can't read a book then go out and try it on your horse. A mistake you make in the early stage may never get undone or at the least, undo all that you accomplished to that point.

    It is the same theory as buying a green horse for a green rider and have them learn together.
    I meant in no way for it to be a romantic notion, but yes, you are right in the aspect of a teacher. I am not sure as to the area the OP may be at, but in some cases there are classes that can be taken even at colleges on riding and training. If a person is completely new to this, then I would absolutely agree! Not to mention there are tons of knowledgable people out there and a few are more then kind enough to take some time to help!
         
        11-03-2008, 08:04 AM
      #15
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Midwest Paint    
    I meant in no way for it to be a romantic notion,
    Midwest, that was just a general statement and not meant to be directed at anyone specific so I'm sorry if you felt it was in response to your post.

    While it's true that we all need to start somewhere, there are some animals that are better suited for that learning curve and I don't believe that the horse is a good subject for that. A non-pro does not have the time to devote and the horse is just the wrong animal for on/off training. It's terribly important for a horse in particular to have a solid foundation for an owner to build on.
         
        11-03-2008, 02:27 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Thank you for everyone's suggestions! I have found a trainer that will work with my horse and me. I have done some research and references and everyone I've spoken to has been happy with the trainer. He handles his horses much like the way I like to handle mine. He will train my horse, and I will take lessons with him on my horse and on some of his horses. I'm looking forward to this because I think it will allow for me to still be involved in the process and the lessons will help me so that I am ready to take my horse further into training once I get him back home.
         
        11-03-2008, 02:55 PM
      #17
    Showing
    That's wonderful. A "win - win" deal!
         
        11-05-2008, 03:10 PM
      #18
    Foal
    You could do it yourself and if you still want to but get kinda stuck, just have someone that knows help you out and tell you what to do. That's what I did. :) I got to a point with my horse though where we both knew the same stuff so one of us needed to advance for the other to, so I sent my gelding to my trainer for 10 days so that he knew what to do and then I learned it on him and how to ask him to do it and would actually get a result to know what I'm looking for.
         
        11-05-2008, 08:22 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Well I took a 3 yr old QH to a trainer (and not to discourage you from doing so) it didn't quite work like I hoped it would. He wasn't catching on very fast even though he was only there about a month, and my stepmom made him come home. My trainer knew this a little ahead of time though and showed me how to take him further. I took him home and he found out how to buck me off. Once that happened he continued to buck me off until I figured out how to stay on. So basically I had to take him back to square one. Then once I stayed on he was collected like a pleasure horse only a very confused angry overcollected one that he would trip over himself and there was nothing physically wrong with him. The trainer was pushing a headset on him and WP gaits before he even had sure footing with a rider on his back. I ended up making him run and teaching him english gaits first, then western gaits after he built up his muscles and coordination more. So I dunno I think I could've just done it from the start and saved my stepmom money, I thought I could avoid the getting bucked off stage by getting a trainer. However if you let your horse stay there long enough so the trainer can do his job I'm sure your results will be better. I think some horses are better trained by their owners though if they have the experience and patience because some horses are slow learners and need someone who can take their time and not push them too much. Just my opinion doesn't suit all situations my horse probably had a learning disorder!
         
        11-06-2008, 01:27 PM
      #20
    Zab
    Yearling
    Why not a middle-thing?
    Train it yourself but have an instructor once a week or so to train you on your horse? :)

    I did that, it worked but we made too little progress (because I'm completely new in this dicipline) so I ended up sending him away to the instructor for training. But you'd probably do it better than I did :P
         

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