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        01-24-2012, 09:39 PM
    Misty is no where near calm yet. She is a lot better than she was when I got her but she is still scared of everything. But it don't help when anytime she don't do what my brother in law wants he gets really rough with her. He just don't like mares he thinks they are all ignorant b@tchs. He swears up and down misty has a really bad attitude which yes she is a little hateful but I figure there has to be another way to get it out of her. Yesterday I was working with her and she was pretty calm but when he got home and started working with her apparently she done something wrong and he started getting rough and she reared up and he started smacking her with the lead rope. There has to be a way to get their attention without causing fear right?
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        01-24-2012, 09:43 PM
    I have posted on the Internet I have been asking people around here there is no trainers in this area
        01-24-2012, 09:45 PM
    There is and that is where a real trainer will be able to help you and your horse... we are just folks on the internet giving opinions. We have not seen your horse nor how your brother in law reacts to misty or how you interact with her.
    The only real problem solver to this situation is to get a trainer if you want misty to be a safe horse for you..they are the only ppl at this time who can really help you start her
        01-24-2012, 10:00 PM
    How does that really work? I always worried sending a horse to a trainer wouldn't get the horse used to or respecting you it would bond with the trainer instead of owner
        01-24-2012, 10:02 PM
    I hate to say it,but you may have to send misty off for awhile.its hard,but a real trainer will keep you posted and send you videos on what to work on.
        01-24-2012, 10:04 PM
    A good trainer will teach a horse to respond to anyone.
        01-24-2012, 10:09 PM
    Originally Posted by babyb    
    I have had misty a month. She was never handled before I got her.
    For a month's worth of work, you are doing a really amazing job! Just keep taking things slow and think outside of the box for ways to train your horse. There are plenty of knowledgeable helpful people on here that can give you tips and help you out as much as the internet can muster!

    Originally Posted by babyb    
    I am in no hurry to ride her. I want to make sure she is ready before I do that.
    Bravo, you're already a very sensible smart owner! :)

    Originally Posted by babyb    
    Honestly I have no training experiance I am learning right along with misty. My brother in law is the one that broke her right before I got her from him.

    He has worked with horses off and on his whole life but recently started it again after several years. Since he broke Katie and his own 2 horses I thought he could break misty no problem.
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    Your brother in law seems like he could be helpful, but I'm thinking you need to do most of the training without him since I've read the thread and some things just don't seem ...right I guess? Not sure of the word to use.

    Sky (the horse in my avatar) is my first horse. He was a mess... and I'm doing as you are doing. I'm learning with him. It's possible to do, just BE CAREFUL! :)

    Originally Posted by babyb    
    Misty is no where near calm yet. She is a lot better than she was when I got her but she is still scared of everything. There has to be a way to get their attention without causing fear right?
    Yes.. do what people on the forums have said to you. Desensitize her, meaning touch her, poke her, rub her, push her, bump her, etc.

    Then sack her out to stuff. Get her familiar with tarps, blankets, towels, bells, whistles, keys, flags, ropes, etc. Until she is confident. Always stop on a good note. You can do this.. breathe!

    To get her attention, whistle, snap, say her name, scuff the ground, wave your hand until she responds.

    But keep her thinking. Put her mind to work. That will keep her out of trouble from scaring herself or whatnot.

    Originally Posted by draftgrl    
    Granted, if she's turning 10 and you still havent gotten past a walk with her that's a bit extreme.
    You can't be judgmental.. you don't know the whole story. Age doesn't matter in regards to level of training.

    And this is not an attack on you at all :)
        01-24-2012, 10:11 PM
    And if you send her to someone most atleast by me require you to see your horse atleast 1 a week so that you can see improvements and they can show you how to work with them... another option
        01-24-2012, 10:26 PM
    I was really hoping I could train her myself, I have really been trying. I understand what everyone is saying. I would hate to send misty off but if that's what I have to do I don't want to ruin her in any way.
        01-24-2012, 10:40 PM
    Yes,cause you don't sound like the type that could live with yourself if you mess her up.

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