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    05-25-2012, 10:37 AM
  #11
Weanling
Hailey one thing you can to to re-introduce the saddle is approach and do everything BIG, What I mean by this is if you can get the horse use to the saddle being throwed up over and down onto his back it will make it easier for proper saddling. When I train horses for others I always do everything big because I find that not all horse owners out there have the slightest idea of how to properly tack up a horse so the bumble around throw saddles on all lop sided with the stirrups hung in underneath it and such, and if you don't prepare a horse for these things they will bugger off when a less exp. Person tries to handle them. So app the horse saddle on big, saddle off big rinse and repeat. Do this again and again till the horse is accepting it. Once you are done with this you can cinch up and step up, step down over and over. When he will let you hang over the saddle and be calm you can hop in. Sit a sec don't ask him to move. Get off. Rinse and repeat. This will help the horse accept the saddle.
     
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    05-25-2012, 10:42 AM
  #12
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Wallee    
Hailey one thing you can to to re-introduce the saddle is approach and do everything BIG, What I mean by this is if you can get the horse use to the saddle being throwed up over and down onto his back it will make it easier for proper saddling. When I train horses for others I always do everything big because I find that not all horse owners out there have the slightest idea of how to properly tack up a horse so the bumble around throw saddles on all lop sided with the stirrups hung in underneath it and such, and if you don't prepare a horse for these things they will bugger off when a less exp. Person tries to handle them. So app the horse saddle on big, saddle off big rinse and repeat. Do this again and again till the horse is accepting it. Once you are done with this you can cinch up and step up, step down over and over. When he will let you hang over the saddle and be calm you can hop in. Sit a sec don't ask him to move. Get off. Rinse and repeat. This will help the horse accept the saddle.
I agree with this entirely! I use the "drunken cowboy" approach. Sloppy, big, loud. My friend who im training with, has her horses to the point where she can scream like a banshee and fling herself at them, and they'll stand there. Its funny to watch her demonstrate!

The horses will eventually be used as camp horses, so they need to be able to handle everything. And they have some fantastic horses!
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    05-25-2012, 10:53 AM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Hailey1203    
I agree with this entirely! I use the "drunken cowboy" approach. Sloppy, big, loud. My friend who im training with, has her horses to the point where she can scream like a banshee and fling herself at them, and they'll stand there. Its funny to watch her demonstrate!

The horses will eventually be used as camp horses, so they need to be able to handle everything. And they have some fantastic horses!

Nothing wrong with desensitizing horses. I am building a barn atm out in my pasture and while I am on top of a 8 foot ladder slapping a barn with my hammer my horses are all underneath me looking up like whats that guy doing ha ha not scared at all. That's how you need them horses to be if they will be used as camp horses.
     
    05-25-2012, 10:55 AM
  #14
Weanling
Exactly. My job there last summer was "child proofing" the horses. Lots of big sloppy riding, dismounting on the wrong side, leaning waaay over the saddle, picking things up and throwing them, it was a blast!
     
    05-25-2012, 10:59 AM
  #15
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Hailey1203    
Exactly. My job there last summer was "child proofing" the horses. Lots of big sloppy riding, dismounting on the wrong side, leaning waaay over the saddle, picking things up and throwing them, it was a blast!

If you will be working with them for 2 days this weekend the first can be getting them use to the saddle and the 2nd could be getting them to walk under saddle. Don't try for much more than a walk for the first few times then push them on to a trot and canter later down the road.
     
    05-25-2012, 11:17 AM
  #16
Weanling
Yeah, definitely going to be taking things slow. With the younger one, i'll be happy if he just lets me sit on his back with a saddle on. I am trying for more with the other, simply because he has more training. I'll definitely get pictures for you all! They are two beeeaaautiful horses!
     
    05-25-2012, 11:30 AM
  #17
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Hailey1203    
Yeah, definitely going to be taking things slow. With the younger one, i'll be happy if he just lets me sit on his back with a saddle on. I am trying for more with the other, simply because he has more training. I'll definitely get pictures for you all! They are two beeeaaautiful horses!

I can't wait to see pics! Some horses will catch on faster than others, keep it simple and by all means try and be safe as possible :P
     
    05-25-2012, 11:46 AM
  #18
Weanling
Helmet, and a safety vest! There will also be 2 of us at all times. Im so excited to be learning something new!
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    06-04-2012, 10:24 AM
  #19
Weanling
Well, there was a change of plans, and I ended up staying for 9 days instead of 2! I didnt work a whole lot with the colts, instead I worked with horses who had had there first few rides. And what a learning experience it was! Only downside was when the young horses I was riding got bit by a wasp, and went a little bronco on me. Hitting that gravel road was not fun :/
     

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