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post #1 of 12 Old 10-13-2010, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Rant about 'breaking'...

This is just a little vent about a woman i know who runs a livery yard that i used to be on...(not for long i might add...and neither did i leave on bad terms either)
I was busy browsing facebook and noticed on this womans page that she is happily bragging about managing to 'break' (totally dislike this term) her 9yr old broodmare in half an hour today....I have never heard anything so crazy ...Now i know this to be a ridiculous statement for anyone to make...It just made me giggle to think that she would happily publicize the fact that she has taken the education of a horse so lightly..
This woman is very money orientated and i could certainly share some horrific stories from my dealings with her but i shall refrain from opening myself up to a libel suit but suffice to say she is not all about for the love of horses...
The world is fully of crazy sorts...!

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post #2 of 12 Old 10-13-2010, 04:02 PM
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A horse will tell you, "Bend me, don't break me." :[ If she's really *successfully* trained that horse in half an hour, I wonder if she'd let anyone ride her without fearing the mare will act up? Gosh... poor horse. I could only imagine how confused/scared she was the entire time. Half an hour is barely enough time for a sturdy warm-up...

I'm so busy, I don't know if I've found a rope... or lost my horse...
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She probably just means she was able to get on the horse in a half an hour which isn't exactly a feat. I'd like to imagine that she'd been working with him on the ground up unto this point but I find that isn't normally the case.

Everyone likes to seem to play horse trainer.
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post #4 of 12 Old 10-13-2010, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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I totally agree....I could scarcely believe what i was reading....I know the mare in question and she is a broodmare possibly in foal as she has been running with a stallion all summer. The mare is a section D welsh and was shown in hand as a youngster but other than that has done nothing else...welshies are pretty laid back but do have quite strong personalities....x

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post #5 of 12 Old 10-13-2010, 08:58 PM
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What a joke. I agree with snookeys.. i wonder if she'd let anyone else simply hop on her newly 'broken' horse?

Imagine the damage some people can do when they dont know what they're doing. Not saying this woman has no clue, but alot of people these days dont.

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post #6 of 12 Old 10-13-2010, 09:24 PM
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Ugh, what a mess. This scenerio just screams accident, made worse by what you've said about your experience with her
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post #7 of 12 Old 10-13-2010, 09:37 PM
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Just because someone uses the word "breaking" doesnt mean that they are doing what old school cowboys do. Yes, in this sense, it could mean that.

I once got on a colt in the paddock bareback. Grandpa boosted me up. That was the first time someone had ever been on his back....ever. He had been out there grazing. So, if someone had a really easy going horse, then yes, they probably could get up on within 30 minutes. Doesnt mean they are going to steer or be completely "broke".

I have been a help with my grandparents "breaking" their two year old Standardbreds for a while. We put a harness on them with everything dangling so they get the feeling of having everything on then....then jog them behind the truck on a gate we had made for the horses....and do that for several months. Then we add a cart. Then we jog them for a while like that, and after a while start unclipping them from the gate and slowly drive further away from them. Horse is now broke to harness and to drive.

Again....breaking can be done more then one way.

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post #8 of 12 Old 10-13-2010, 09:40 PM
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Well all opinions on the use of the word "break" aside, I don't feel any horse would be completely trained in a half hour one day.

This does not mean that a horse who's had alot of previous ground work, wouldn't go through the saddle 'breaking' phase fairly quickly. Still this is assuming that the horse has had all of the preride stuff done already. To think that a horse would be completely broken in after one half hour session is ridiculous.

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post #9 of 12 Old 10-13-2010, 10:21 PM
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See, from the post, I was under the assumption the lady went into the stall, grabbed the horse, saddled her up, and rode her out without any previous work. But, that's just what automatically went through my head when I read it. Not saying it's truth, just the first thing that came to mind.

I'm so busy, I don't know if I've found a rope... or lost my horse...
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post #10 of 12 Old 10-15-2010, 01:22 PM
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I blame "Natural Horsemanship" on all these crazy trainers.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~Harriet Tubman
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