Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
Whether you choose a big name trainers method, such as Clinton Anderson or Parelli, you should have a well experienced trainer helping you in person. You can learn a lot of information about the different methods on tv, DVDs, on the Internet and books and magazines. However, if you don't have a good understanding of when and how much pressure to apply and when to release it, you will have problems.
Personally, I like Clinton Anderson. He is easy to understand and follow. His methods do have similarities to others. His aren't new but neither are others.
Find one you like, study it as much as you can, but have someone there to guide you.
As for age, you should start from day one. Every time you interact with a horse, you are training. Whether you are just leading, grooming, or riding, you are still training.
Equipment will change depending on what you are doing. Halter, lead rope, cue stick, rope halter just for starters.
Time frame: it will take as long as it takes depending on the horse. Some learn quicker and progress faster than others. If you try to rush it, it will actually take longer.
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Last edited by usandpets; 05-22-2013 at 07:49 AM.