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        03-09-2010, 10:08 PM
      #1
    Yearling
    Question for PRO trainers

    Say you have taken in an "unbroke" horse for two months... You are confident and assure the customer they will be able to ride their horse at the end of the 60 day period (you are training 5 days per week).

    First week of training: the horse is cooperative taking the bit. However, the horse is very mouthy at the bit (without a rider). What would you do? Do you feel it would be appropriate to let the horse just stand around with a saddle and bridle for a week (nothing else) to get used to it? Or would you proceed with the training, start ground driving (or hop on-pending trainer preference), and let the horse get used to it during driving/riding?

    Thanks. :) trying to find out if I'm being paranoid...
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        03-09-2010, 10:32 PM
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    Trained
    I would proceed with the training. The horse will get used to it and doesn't need to be standing around for a week.
         
        03-09-2010, 11:05 PM
      #3
    Green Broke
    Proceed, the only to make progress is to keep moving. After all 60 days means a lot of work for an unbroke horse, standing around accomplishes nothing.
         
        03-10-2010, 12:43 AM
      #4
    Yearling
    Thanks guys! I am feeling the same way. Anyone else care to share their opinion? I'm getting opposite opinions on another forum. Curious to see what majority rules...
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        03-10-2010, 01:04 AM
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    Started
    Is the trainer not riding your horse?
         
        03-10-2010, 02:11 AM
      #6
    Yearling
    No, not yet. She plans to. So far she has been sitting wearing a saddle (which she alalready been doing for months) and wearing a bridle. No riding at all.
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    is the trainer not riding your horse?
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        03-10-2010, 07:23 AM
      #7
    Banned
    Really hard to second guess this from an internet posting without any other information.

    Clearly you don't trust the trainer or her methods. How and why did you select this trainer?

    And what's your contract with her? Do you want to pull the horse out of there? Do you want to find another trainer? Do you get money back if you're not satisfied with the results?

    If you've been guaranteed a ridable horse at the end of 60 days, my concern would be that the trainer would be tempted to push the horse too fast, not that the trainer would be going to slow.

    I'm assuming you hired a trainer because you didn't feel you had the ability to break the horse to saddle yourself?

    If this trainer was recommended to you, and you like the results she's achieved previously, take a deep breath, chill out, and let her do the job you hired her to do. There is probably a reason why she's approaching your horse this way. You might even consider asking *her* the reason why.

    There's really only two choices here - trust this trainer, or find another one you can trust.
         
        03-10-2010, 08:34 AM
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    Banned
    I tend to rush things but I am on the horse the first day, the second at most. I don't worry about the horse getting use to the bit or saddle. It is on go the saddle, the bridle, someone holds the horse and I climb aboard. They give me a pony ride and if I feel I have a hold on the horse they turn me loose.
    By the 4th to 6th day I take off alone in the open fields and head into the bush. The horse learns by doing and I prefer to ride alone at this stage.
         
        03-10-2010, 08:47 AM
      #9
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BackInTheSaddleAgain    
    No, not yet. She plans to. So far she has been sitting wearing a saddle (which she alalready been doing for months) and wearing a bridle. No riding at all.
    How old is the horse?
         
        03-10-2010, 09:24 AM
      #10
    Foal
    60 Days Training

    There is a expression the fastest way to train a horse is very slowly.That being said something should be done with the horse in training that will help the horse understand why they are there and not at home hanging out in the pasture.If one method is not working the trainer should change the way it is presented to the horse and ask again.The phrase is having the horse understand what you mean by what you do.You do want the horse to think about the process not just be reacting without thought.Also have the trainer explain why ?If the answer still doesn't feel right maybe its time to move on.
         

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