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post #1 of 43 Old 11-07-2011, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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Question three year old paint always hyper?

okay so in july i got a 3 year old paint, for my mother. ive been working with him and hes really sweet but hes alert and thinks everythings out to get him. when i take him away from the others i can saddle him up in the round pen when he has no halter on and he will fallow me when i get the bridle and let me put it on. no one could touch his back or back legs and or his ears. and now i can put my arms on his back and rest on him, rub his face, touch his rump. and almost pick up his back legs without him jerking his legs.

he lounges really well but when i ask for a canter he gets a speedy trot or a fast canter. ive tryed alot to slow him down but he wont. i have to stop him to get him to look at me.

when i took him trail riding near us its called the sand hills and my friend brought her barrel horse and we loaded them together and they were fine and when we got there we saddled and got on. we walked for a bit and he spooked at a flat metal post on the ground. and he shot sideways and i found out i grabed the wrong saddle it was my moms adn the sturrips were shorts so after he calmed down i changed them. and then we rode for a while and he wouldnt cross a stream (neither would we dont know why) and we have crossed a stream at my house that was way bigger bareback with a halter on. and we cantered a bit after a few hours when we saw the trailer. and he took off bucking and i stoped him and made him back up. and he was fine after that and we made our way to the trailer and everyone thought he was 8 years old and was serprised when i said he was 3.

any way to get him to calm down and just be a better horse?
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He's three years old. He's green. He's acting perfectly appropriately for what he is.

Sounds like you are not capable of training (breaking) this horse, and would be better off calling in a professional to do it the right way, before you get hurt or the horse gets ruined.
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Considering that he wouldnt let anyone near him in july and now he lets me touch him pretty much anywhere i think i am able.
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Getting a horse desensitized to touch doesn't make your training abilities superb or enough to break a horse, IMO. I got that far with my gelding and then called in a professional for help. It was a GREAT help, and I only regret not getting my trainer's help sooner- I would've had a LOT less injuries.

As for being hyper, he is just three years old. There's calming supplements and aids you can use if you wish, though.

All in all, get help before you get hurt. I have the injuries and the scars to prove my own similar mistakes.
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Im not calling a trainer. Im sending my 4 year old to ge finshed (bought him half broke) and this guy i broke, and well mannored hes just spooky. Ive trained horses before. I tought my first and second horse to barrel race, forth to be ridden( last person wasnt nice to him and he didnt know what steering was).
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Great, and that's your choice. All I did was tell you what I thought. What are you feeding him right now and how much of it? That could be adding an edge to his already youthful behavior.

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Breaking a horse takes a lot of work. I broke my first horse in 2010, and it was a lot more than I expected.

He's only 3. Let him count up some miles before expecting much from him. Take him on a few all-day rides and expose him to as much as possible. I have sand hills near me as well, and I find it a great place to go riding :) In fact, some of the sand hills are in an association pasture and we get call to help with the fall round up every year. It's a great place to take a youngster.
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Considering that he wouldnt let anyone near him in july and now he lets me touch him pretty much anywhere i think i am able.
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I think the fact that you can touch him "pretty much anywhere" after only 5 months and when you rode him he wouldn't cross water and only bucked once says how capable you are. If you're set on doing it yourself then at least save some money and attend a clinic or two. Don't think that because you have managed to steal a few rides on a gentle good -natured horse that you are in any way a trainer. You need help. Not internet help, but real hands on proffesional help. Not your neighbor that had horses 20 years ago or your friend thats had horses for 6 months longer than you.

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^^ Ditto.

My mare, who we had to rope to get anywhere near at the beginning was the first horse I broke. And even then I had to get my Dad's help with some things, and I probably will need his help again for the next one. It's a lot different training an already broke horse than starting one from scratch.

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Plan oats and hay. Ive owned horses for 8 years. And have trained horses, the vet checked him for the first time and theu sai he wa fine. We got his feet trimed and hes normal weight. He was pretty calm after 3 months and let us mess with him but he now lets us catch him and do whatever, it took some time to get him use to people that wont hurt him. The last people did a number to him and we couldnt touch him rump with out him freaking out and bolting.
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