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The Pros and Cons of a One Person Horse?

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        03-05-2010, 12:25 PM
      #31
    Weanling
    I have a horse like that. He will never be safe for anyone but the most experienced rider and they had better be experienced because he knows the difference. He has a bag FULL of antics and he is not above trying them on anyone new to see just how far he can get with THAT person. That said, he is trained to the 9s and is an absolute dream to ride, but he will try anyone who he is unfamiliar with on for size…almost like he's testing their ability to see if they are as good at what they do as he is at what he does. He is a very serious, all business no nonsense horse. He knows his job and attacks his work pouring everything he has into it, but he could really care less about people.
         
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        03-05-2010, 02:27 PM
      #32
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    I have had a one person thoroughbred mare. She would behave for others though, and would let other people ride her, though she would give a bit of trouble if they were feeling insecure and giving her mixed signals. I never had to worry about her being handleable in an emergency situation, but she definitely didn't get that extra spark with others that she got with me. And yes I agree with being a nervous wreck when someone else would ride her lol. My Arab is another story entirely. She also came from a neglectful home where one of the mexican workers decided that it was a good idea to send 3 or 4 people into her stall to corner her, and then rope her down to get her feet done. She and I have definitely bonded, and she is doing really well for me, but I feel for anyone else who has to go in and try to catch her or mess with her. She has only let one other person go in and catch her with any sort of confidence, but with all others she's a nervous wreck. At this current point, since I live on the property, I am just working on getting her to the point where others can come up and say hi while I'm holding her, and she's getting better. It is worrisome though if I ever can't get there or am not there in a reasonable amount of time, in case of an emergency, cause she can't be caught.

    Take for instance Wednesday morning. She decided to be brilliant and jump over the rusty metal bucket cart, and caught her hind leg. Fortunately I was right there, but even for me it took a bit to catch her, as she's never actually hurt herself before, and was terrified and unsure of what to do. I could tell that she didn't want to leave mom, but at the same time, she hurt and didn't want someone approaching her either. Once I caught her, and ended up getting the vet there, we found out that she severed a vein, and had a nice laceration that needed to be stiched up. I cringe to think of what would have happened if I hadn't been there, and no one was able to catch her.
    It is nice that she does what I want, and I am nervous once she's trained undersaddle to let someone ride her, as I have very specific ideas of what and how I want things done with her. But I do want her to get to a place where others can handle her easily, and that she respects them. I commend you for wanting to help your horse and yourself, and I do believe that you have done the best that you can with what you have. Because my horse is so terrified of others, especially if there are more than just a couple people around, it makes it hard to get her calm enough that someone else can approach her, and I don't want to endanger her, myself, or anyone else just in the name of trying to make her accept others in a leadership role. Definitely have people over, just to hang around, and be a presence. They don't even have to try and work with her, just be around her where she feels the most comfortable, until she is okay with others being in the same area, then work from there.
         
        03-05-2010, 02:27 PM
      #33
    Started
    Sorry for the long novel lol. Its kind of hard sometimes to condense everything you want to say into a few sentences.
         
        03-05-2010, 06:31 PM
      #34
    Foal
    Wow I suck. Sorry about that. Note to self: never get on horseforum.com after writing term papers all night and drinking three budweisers. That combo just makes me grumpy :/.

    Today she did really well! My friend came out and was my guinea pig. Rosie and I went about our daily routine and I've never seen her so relaxed. We've been working a lot more consistently and varying what we do, so I guess she's falling back into that groove. She didn't seem to mind the extra company, even though when it came to touching she would move away after a few seconds. Near the end (before the dreaded vet came to run a coggins, god that was an experience) she was sniffing my friend's feet and nibbling at her pants. Inquisitive, more relaxed, but still as vigilant as always.
         
        03-05-2010, 07:30 PM
      #35
    Trained
    I can see no pro to a one person horse. If a horse can not be ridden by anyone they are not very well trained. Now that dose not mean any tom >>>> or Harry can jump on and get them to go win. However you can ride them and with a bit of work (learning the cues) they will go and win for that person or anyone who can ride correctly.

    ALL my horses can be ridden by anyone. Some of my horses have earnings under 3-4 different rider from Green/rookie reiners all the way to the Open. Would have it no other way. It makes the horse more valuable and marketable if you ever wanted or needed to sell that horse.

    I see no pros to having a one person horse.
         
        03-05-2010, 07:33 PM
      #36
    Trained
    I agree!
         
        03-05-2010, 07:38 PM
      #37
    Green Broke
    I think there are 2 different things being discussed here the true one person horse and is trained to be that way, who can only be handled by that one person and the horse that one is possessive of and is partners with and gets jealous when someone else rides him but the horse is still trained to accept and work well for anyone who comes near him....

    The first I do not agree with, the second I see no problem with.
         
        03-05-2010, 08:42 PM
      #38
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    Originally Posted by Honeysuga    
    the true one person horse and is trained to be that way, who can only be handled by that one person
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    I don't think they are trained that way. I feel they are just insecure horses that don't trust anyone but that person. They have anxiety problems. Their confidence level is very low, they have a problem.

    I am the jealous type and don't want others riding my horse but a total stranger could come to the barn and take him from his stall, cross tie him and work on him with absolutely no problems. He is confident in himself.
    I wouldn't waste my time on a horse that is insecure. It will show up in everything he does. I want a bold confident outgoing horse and then will let no one but me handle him.
         
        03-05-2010, 09:16 PM
      #39
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by RiosDad    
    I don't think they are trained that way. I feel they are just insecure horses that don't trust anyone but that person. They have anxiety problems. Their confidence level is very low, they have a problem.

    I am the jealous type and don't want others riding my horse but a total stranger could come to the barn and take him from his stall, cross tie him and work on him with absolutely no problems. He is confident in himself.
    I wouldn't waste my time on a horse that is insecure. It will show up in everything he does. I want a bold confident outgoing horse and then will let no one but me handle him.

    So , if you had a horse that was unconfident in himself , what steps would you take to get him more confident or would you just give up on him and send him packing? Just curious .
         
        03-05-2010, 09:24 PM
      #40
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    Originally Posted by RadHenry09    
    So , if you had a horse that was unconfident in himself , what steps would you take to get him more confident or would you just give up on him and send him packing? Just curious .
    I would never have bought him in the first place. I would have eliminated him as a potential purchase right off the bat. When I first look at a horse I have to feel something. I have to feel he is better then the average horse, he must stand out. Then I hobble him, I ask permission to hobble and then with someone holding him I hobble him and watch how he reacts. If he self distructs I walk away. If he passes the hobble test I then take my coat and blind fold him. Again I look for the self distruct button and if I can't find it I am interested. Price doesn't matter but temperment does as does looks, He must stand out, he must be bolt, confident and I certainly don't mind a jerk.
    I would not buy a problem horse, I wouldn't buy a broke horse, he must be raw, a gelding, prefer a stallion which I will cut the next day but he must be cocky, self assured and eye catching.

    I don't have to sell a problem horse because I wouldn't have bought him in the first place. A lame horse is sold off quickly. I wouldn't waste money on a inferer horse. I spend about $5000 a year on a horse. He has to be good.
         

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