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post #1 of 12 Old 08-08-2012, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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Question Should i send my horses away to be professionally trained?

I'm a little disappointed and disgusted that i don't have the proper facilities to train my horses in. I was wondering if i should continue training my horses in my yard and out on our 'never' busy dirt road, or if i should just save up the money and send them to a trainer. I've been working with them in their pastures and in my yard, but its hard to keep them focused when they want to eat everything, so i take them on the road. I've got the ground manners up to par, and i've been working on saddling and bridling as well as standing tied, and whoa, as well as leading properly. But I don't have any help when i want to do any mounted work, and nowhere really safe to work them in by myself. I've been waiting on my husband and his family to build me a round pen/small arena in the yard, since they own a saw mill and can get the lumber, plus we have some good locus posts stashed away. I just can't build one by myself, nor do i have the strength to do it myself. So i'm in this dilemma. And i'm tired of waiting because its hindering my work and training process. I know and commend many of you on here for training your own horses, and i know to take the time it takes for each horse. But i think by now my 4yo soon to be 5 should be able to be ridden quite easily and out on the trails. In turn i think not having the proper facilities and tools has hindered her training or slowed it immensely since i can't work her when all she does is want to eat.
Any thoughts would be great...

p.s. I'm not trying to whine or sound like i don't have anything, nor am i trying to sound like i don't have the stuff for my horses, i don't have everything i would like, but i make the best of it. I'm just disgusted that i can't advance any farther in our training because we have no where to work and no help.
Thank you!
(posting pics of the 2 horses that i'm considering sending to a trainer, don't mind how bad the pics are :))

First is my 4yo mare
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Second is my coming 2yo colt

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post #2 of 12 Old 08-08-2012, 04:14 PM
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If you're not comfortable doing it yourself and think its in the best interest of everyone involved then send them to a trainer. There's no shame in it. Just make sure you send them to someone reputable.

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post #3 of 12 Old 08-08-2012, 04:23 PM
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Ahem, if your horses try to grab grass, then your ground manners aren't up to par. On a lead, walk the horse and as soon as his nose tries to dive for grass, deliver a light tap, getting more firm until you get a response. He may scoot ahead and half circle you but at least it's forward motion. As you walk focus on something down the road, not in front of you as tho looking for coins otherwise he thinks you are looking for a place to graze and if you can do it, so can he. Once that is down pat, and do it for a few days, then when you ride carry a crop. Often just moving it is deterrent enough.
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-08-2012, 04:27 PM
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I agree with Wetrain. Personally, I would want to do it myself... There's a certain satisfaction to seeing your horse doing something that you put in the time training them to do. I absolutely love working with my horse and seeing things click with her, see her putting two and two together, it makes me incredibly happy. At the same time, if you just don't have the facilities you would like, it might work out better to send for training. It's really up to you and what you feel the most comfortable with. There's nothing wrong with either option, it's entirely personal preference. And good luck with whatever you decide to do!
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post #5 of 12 Old 08-08-2012, 04:55 PM
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There are merits to both training yourself and having someone do the initial work for you. If facilities are the only thing holding you back (and trust me I get that!) than why not try boarding at a location with the facilities you are seeking? It might be the same or cheaper then sending them out for training an this way you know how they were trained. If you do seek a professional trainer then look carefully. You don't want to spend a lot of money to have a horse thats not trained or is trained but the trainer has not told you the cues.
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post #6 of 12 Old 08-08-2012, 06:23 PM
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Working with a professional trainer is a great idea. "sending them off" isn't. If they go to a trainers place that is fine but stay involved. Learn what your horse is learning and how to keep the cues and techniques straight. It is really disheartening when someone sends their horse to a trainer who really works the horse into a great animal only to be untrained when they get home. If you are going to invest money in your horse's training match it with your time.

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post #7 of 12 Old 08-08-2012, 06:31 PM
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Normally I might have said you could do it yourself but if you can't keep them from eating grass then I do not think you are experienced enough. That is one of the simplest things to teach and it could be taught in a matter of 30 seconds. If you can't physically build a round pen you can purchase portable panels.
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post #8 of 12 Old 08-08-2012, 06:55 PM
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Well, I used to train for the public, apprenticed with 4 different trainers and I still sent my 3 yr old to a trainer for a couple months. I simply didn't have the time, I had started him, ridden him for a few months, went to one schooling show, but of course he needed lots more work. July was coming up, my hubby bought a brand new Harley with actual place for a passenger (me) and he had plans of going lots of places. I had the final show in September, no way I could work this horse & be cruising around with the husband, so off to the trainer he went. I always admired this trainer, I had taken a few clinics with her, and she trained reining mules & beat horses (won over, beat, sounds like she hit them, lol), how cool is that? Yes, those were two pricey months, but if my husband could afford a brand new harley, I could afford a few thousand for a trainer, right?
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post #9 of 12 Old 08-08-2012, 09:38 PM
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Why not just board them and do the training yourself if you have the experience and confidence?
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post #10 of 12 Old 08-09-2012, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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When we lead she doesn't try to get the grass, neither does our yearling, they know we're working. But my very stubborn mare when i try a mounted lesson myself she thinks its i can eat now since ur sitting on me time. So when i get her head up and eventually get her to stop trying to eat she ignores me (go figure). Once we pass the i'm ignoring you part, she does well with just walking and turning and getting whoa down. The yearling he won't even look at the grass when we are "working" he does wonderful. As for my mare (this is why i keep her rope halter on) She thinks when she works she should eat too, i have a gelding who is the same way (come to think of it my moms horse was the same too).
I would try to board, but there is no one local in our area. Every place i've looked at that even has space available is about 30min away, and i prefer to pasture board, only 1 place i found offers that...I might talk to my mom and ask her if she knows anywhere that might be closer and available (she was in 4H and knows lots of people)(thank goodness for my mom ).
I don't have a whole lot of training experience, though i've been around horses my whole life, i did help my mom train and break her filly as well as retrained a wreck of a paint gelding who would try to kill anyone who touched his feet. I also retrained my deceased gelding when i got him. I might just be stuck in a rut at the moment. I would like to work with a trainer and learn more, i buy books all the time and watch videos on youtube. I just see that it's difficult for me to do anything because i have no where.
I wanted to buy panels and put one up but, everyone insisted that we are to build one (gritting my teeth). And save the money.....(makes no sense to me, won't buy the panels i need, but will go and get a new truck, grrrr) I'm at TSC almost every week and i think getting the panels would be cheaper than fighting with the tractor, post hole digger...ect....

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