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post #21 of 26 Old 10-25-2009, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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I really just want to do this right. I have wanted this for a long time and since we've started it I have every desire to make it a life long venture. I want my children to not fear horses, but be respectful of them and their power. I want the same for me, and I am realizing that to achieve that it's not just the horse that needs training.

I've spent a lot of years horse dreaming and watching others ride. I never realized how much more went into it before you even get a saddle on the back. I have to admit I'm a little embarassed, but I also completely enjoy my time with Molly and learning. Today she started to doze while I brushed her, I love that. She meets me at the fence and follows around the pasture it's just so much fun. And I think MacabreMikolaj is right. I probably have stressed more over her behavior than need be. IT'S ME and my inexperience.
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post #22 of 26 Old 10-25-2009, 07:11 PM
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I really just want to do this right. I have wanted this for a long time and since we've started it I have every desire to make it a life long venture. I want my children to not fear horses, but be respectful of them and their power. I want the same for me, and I am realizing that to achieve that it's not just the horse that needs training.

I've spent a lot of years horse dreaming and watching others ride. I never realized how much more went into it before you even get a saddle on the back. I have to admit I'm a little embarassed, but I also completely enjoy my time with Molly and learning. Today she started to doze while I brushed her, I love that. She meets me at the fence and follows around the pasture it's just so much fun. And I think MacabreMikolaj is right. I probably have stressed more over her behavior than need be. IT'S ME and my inexperience.
Just the fact that you realize that means that you are going to be one heck of a horse owner. Molly is lucky to have found you :) Your mind is open and willing and that makes a world of a difference! One thing I have learned so far in my experience with owning Milo is that there are several different opinions on every topic of horse ownership. Everyone has their convictions and beliefs as to the right way and the wrong way to do something. What is important to find is what is right for you and your horse. No one method of training is the magic answer but rather a compilation of different methods that works for you. Take a little from here, a little from there and use what works for you, discard the rest. Some believe that there is only one way to do things... toss that theory out the window because every horse and every human is different.
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post #23 of 26 Old 10-25-2009, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you. I believe you are so right, and I think that with a little time, patience, and learning this can be a positive experience for everyone involved.
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post #24 of 26 Old 10-25-2009, 07:59 PM
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I wish you the best of luck with molly, everyone has to start somewhere, I think you should go to a local riding school and ask them some questions about horses and their health and well being and get a couple of books even if it is from the library about caring for horses and what to do in emergencies, I really like the kelly marx book perfect manners where it teaches you how to be a better owner and for your horse to respect you.

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post #25 of 26 Old 10-25-2009, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the suggestion. I will look for that.
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post #26 of 26 Old 10-25-2009, 09:20 PM
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You're getting some great advice on here. Having a support network like this helps a lot- Miloismyboy's horse and mine seem to share a brain and though we live across the country from one another, sharing our struggles with our boys together has really helped me through some of the harder times. And yes, my boy has that one week out of the month issue too... so I have to disagree with Kevin as well. But still feel any woman can handle a horse as well as any man.

One other suggestion I have is for you to go and hang out a little at a local riding facility or with someone who has horses. Might be good for you to bring your girls too. It is good to see how different people react to horses and might give you a better idea of what is a big issue and what is just a horse being a horse. You'll also see some really ineffective ways to deal with horses so make note of what ISN'T working too. It is one thing to read a lot about handling horses, a completely different thing to see it in action. You need to know how big you need to get and what subtle things horses can do to prove they are the boss.

I think you're great for giving this mare a home and being really comitted to her. That's awesome. And don't beat yourself up, no matter how bombproof kid friendly and broke a horse is, if the owner doesn't know what they're doing, the horse will assume leadership. And we ALL started out knowing nothing so don't feel like you're the only novice in the world. Your open mind and willingness to learn are going to take you and Molly really far. Way to go!
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