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    10-16-2009, 02:02 PM
  #1
Foal
Starting under saddle?

Hi everyone! So long story short I have a four year old gelding that has leadership problems that I am training. This is my first try training a horse and I was wondering if you guys can tell me different techniques for training a horse under saddle. Like training them to move foreward at different paces, turning, stopping and backing. I've read a lot of articles and books about training but i'd like to have a lot of options to try in case zane desides to be difficult :p

Thanks for everything
     
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    10-16-2009, 04:01 PM
  #2
Started
I like to have someone lead the first few rides. You can give the cues and the leader gives the cues from the ground. That may help the horse associate the two.
     
    10-16-2009, 05:23 PM
  #3
Foal
Would you use a halter and lead rope under a bridle? That sound like it might work for him! He really has trouble listening to a bit--because he doesn't understand it yet-- but he listens pretty well the in halter. :) Thanks
     
    10-16-2009, 05:42 PM
  #4
Trained
He should know how to yield to the bit before you ever try riding him with it; you can teach him how to bend with the bit from the ground, by simply taking some of the slack out of one rein, and bringing it up to his wither; hold it there until he 'gives' to it, by bringing his face toward his belly. Start out asking for just a bit of bend, and go from there. This way, when you do get on for that first ride, you atleast know he knows the concept of turning in each direction. This will give you the power to be able to teach him a one-rein stop, in which you will take up the slack in one rein, and wait for him to stop, before releasing the pressure; I would also wait from him to 'give' to the pressure before releasing too, so you reinforce 'bending' even more.
     
    10-16-2009, 05:43 PM
  #5
Trained
I like to first lunge them with a bridle & saddle with the halter under the bridle & put side reins on. This way the first time they hit the bit [it would be like pulling their head down & pulling on the reins] they can figure out the feeling with out having you on their back [incase they freak !] I too like to have someone lead me the first couple times [usually the first time they do the steering, but I squeeze to walk forward] the second time I like to try to do a bit of steering too.

I also like to start in a round pen where they can't really get going as much =]
     
    10-16-2009, 05:49 PM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by mom2pride    
He should know how to yield to the bit before you ever try riding him with it; you can teach him how to bend with the bit from the ground, by simply taking some of the slack out of one rein, and bringing it up to his wither; hold it there until he 'gives' to it, by bringing his face toward his belly. Start out asking for just a bit of bend, and go from there. This way, when you do get on for that first ride, you atleast know he knows the concept of turning in each direction. This will give you the power to be able to teach him a one-rein stop, in which you will take up the slack in one rein, and wait for him to stop, before releasing the pressure; I would also wait from him to 'give' to the pressure before releasing too, so you reinforce 'bending' even more.
I agree, when my mother and I decided to train for the first time we found out what happens when they don't know the bit well enough...even if there is a halter and leadrope. If they get spooked they can run and have NO brakes at all. Good luck with him :)
     
    10-16-2009, 05:52 PM
  #7
Trained
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Originally Posted by SmoothTrails    
I agree, when my mother and I decided to train for the first time we found out what happens when they don't know the bit well enough...even if there is a halter and leadrope. If they get spooked they can run and have NO brakes at all. Good luck with him :)
ohhhh ! That does not sound fun at all !!

I just led my horse around by the reins [with them over her neck like she had a person on her back] & practiced using one rein to have her turn that direction & she didnt care at all.

As a side note...i can't wait til my arm gets better [i broke it =/ ] bc once im healed im going to back/break my mums 2yo =]
     
    10-16-2009, 05:55 PM
  #8
Foal
Okay thanks! I was wondering if there was a good way of teaching him to turn on the ground. He did go to the trainers for a month but the only thing the trainer did was get him use to a saddle and rider on his back--which in my point of view was a waste of money since I could have done that--. I am going to ask one of my friends to help me lead and ride him--when we get to that stage-- but I was wondering if I should be the one riding or leading? We both ride so both of us could do either. Does it really matter?

Thanks again
     
    10-16-2009, 06:00 PM
  #9
Foal
Oh, another question. What all do you guys think a horse should be able to do on the ground before you get in the saddle? Kind of making a check list of everything I need to teach him :)
     
    10-16-2009, 06:01 PM
  #10
Trained
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Originally Posted by FireFlies    
Okay thanks! I was wondering if there was a good way of teaching him to turn on the ground. He did go to the trainers for a month but the only thing the trainer did was get him use to a saddle and rider on his back--which in my point of view was a waste of money since I could have done that--. I am going to ask one of my friends to help me lead and ride him--when we get to that stage-- but I was wondering if I should be the one riding or leading? We both ride so both of us could do either. Does it really matter?

Thanks again
depends how much you trust your friend ! Personally I like to be on the horse with someone who knows what going on leading, but that's just me =]
     

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