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        06-26-2009, 03:51 PM
      #21
    Weanling
    I've had my mare since she was born. I did 90% of the work with a trainer for advice and some situations where my mare and I were too frustrated with each other to come to a consensus. I've worked with allot of young and green horses, it's not easy without advice and a good professional should teach you how to fish, not do it for you, unless you are very inexperienced, then it is best to leave it to the pros and get a nice trained horse. You can;t ask for the correct movement if you don't know what it looks/feels like, and it can just lead to confusion. Then again, I'm sure I know how confused those older horses must feel when they just can't teach us how to do it right!
         
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        06-26-2009, 04:14 PM
      #22
    Green Broke
    I got Uma when she was 10 months old. When she turned 3, I sent her to a trainer for 30 days then did the rest myself (obviously with major guidance from multiple trainers). She is now a Beginner Novice eventer and schooling Training level

    I didn't start Ginisee (she was 10 when I got her) but I did all of the jumping and dressage training on her (again, with the help of trainers). She had the training and mentality equivalent to a 4 year old when I got her. She matured alot from the time I got her until she retired in 2006 due to a deep flexor tendon injury AND a bowed tendon... at the same time. Gah.
         
        06-26-2009, 06:12 PM
      #23
    Green Broke
    I was heavily involved in the training of my Arab gelding Playboy, who was born on our farm. However, I was only about 10 years old when he was 3 years old, so he was sent to my aunt for training. She involved me completely, and I advanced to taking my lessons on him.

    Zierra I trained from birth 100% by myself. She's never had a trainer work with her, just a coach working with both of us for certain things like Dressage and jumping. I was only 14 when she was born, so I thank my lucky stars she was born with such an amazing temperment because I'm sure I made a lot of mistakes that she tolerated!

    Now I'm working with a 2 year old that's already had problems put into her by other people, so it's going to be a fun one!
         
        06-26-2009, 08:30 PM
      #24
    Started
    When I got Painter at 7, he knew "jig up and down" "race around with head stuck straight up in air" and he REALLY knew back. I mean that horse can FLY backwords. That was it. He didn't even know how to walk or stand. He also had no clue what brushes or a hoof pick was, and was down right dangerous to be anywhere near a stall (his or other stalls) I got knocked on my butt many times when he ran me over to get to his stall

    So I didn't start him, no, but it would have been much easier to work from a clean slate then a horse with serious issues
         
        06-26-2009, 08:42 PM
      #25
    Weanling
    Fox- I got him as a coming 4yr old that was green broke. When I first got on him he didn't seem to know anything except how to accept a rider. No steering, no go, no nothing, just stood there. It seemed like he had been started and then thrown out to pasture for 6months-a year.

    Strike- Started him myself and did all the work myself. I got him as a coming 2yr old and traded him out as a 4yr old for my current horse Dove.

    Dove- I am starting her myself. We are still in the groundwork process, but are getting ready to start long lining. I am hoping to get on her by the end of the summer. She is 4yrs old.

    All 3 are Morgans.
         
        06-26-2009, 08:52 PM
      #26
    Started
    Omg I got my horse Gunther right after he was weaned. I taught him all this ground training and manners then I brought him to a trainer to get broke, he was a good boy and for starting my first horse my trainer said she couldn't find a thing wrong with his manners! But it was a long hard process.
         
        06-26-2009, 09:41 PM
      #27
    Green Broke
    Me and my trainer started my horse. She rode her the first couples times and got her use to it and I pretty much did the rest under supervision.
         
        06-27-2009, 03:33 PM
      #28
    Weanling
    I picked up Java as a long yearling and he could be saddled and lounged. I did all the work from there on up. During his five year old year he went for reining training two months, just for sh*ts and giggles. He was the TALLEST horse there at 16 hh, it gave me a good laugh. But he needed to go somewhere that winter (due to hay issues), so instead of just boarding him out at a place I decided that I'd send him there to be worked instead of sitting in somebody's pasture with me only able to get there once a week. He learned how to (kind of) cut buffalo, too. Man, did he come back MUSCLED! We took grand champion that year for Halter Geldings.

    Basically everything that horse knows, it's because I taught him. By Java's six year old year we were competing in Halter, Showmanship and Western Pleasure and taking the top of the classes in our Quarter Horse circuit. By his seven year old year, he was taking trail classes, too.

    I had a 6 year old Mustang who was supposedly ride-able, but I had to break him out, too. We sold him about two years later, so I wasn't able to accomplish as much with him.
         
        06-27-2009, 04:14 PM
      #29
    Showing
    I've started 3 from birth to 2 years old. I have 2 left who just turned 3.
    Vida was 5 when I got her but hadn't been ridden much beyond green broke.
    I do it myself because I'm to cheap to pay someone to do it. It does take some "just buck up and do it" attitude. I didn't think I had any but its amazing what you can do to save a $2000
    ETA- I still hear complements about my first filly I raised and sold. The kids who own her can crawl all over her and ride her bareback with a rope halter anywhere they want to go. For not knowing a darn thing I guess I did ok
         

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