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post #21 of 22 Old 01-06-2010, 10:15 AM
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My experience is you can get a horse as broke as a puppy dog and the owner can take it home and still get hurt and mess things up.

I know a horse that showed very well, was nicely broke, had done well in western pleasure, was known to be if anything a little too lazy, and he 5 years old. He was turned out twice a week on Mon and Wed. He was ridden on average 5 days a week for 1-2 hours(on average). This was mostly warming up at the w/j/l in the arena then trail riding. Once a week (during lessons with a pro) they practiced their WP for shows.

They decided to sell him and move up to a better bred horse.

He was sold to a girl who, after purchasing him, kept him in a stall 24/7 for 7 weeks before finding the time to work/ride him. (the horse was boarded at the same farm). She tacked him up and took him to the arena then got on him and walked him around. They got one lap down before he suddently galloped off; she fell and was hurt (broken arm and badly bruised hip). The gelding was given back to the owner.

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post #22 of 22 Old 01-06-2010, 04:50 PM
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Most people seem to want a horse that acts like a motorcycle--keep it in the garage for a month or so and ride when the sun shines. There's not a trainer alive who can provide that period.

Without teaching both the horse and the human the chances for a long term positive outcome are slim. Especially when the goal is competitive.

Usually the best method is to train them separatly--you on the horse and the owner on a lesson horse with the goal to bring both along at a similar rate with the end result being to put the both of them together in a partnership that works and has the opportunity for a long term.

Lots of wet saddle blankets is the only way to keep the partnership moving forward.

How far the partnership wishes to go--trail riding up to full blown competition--usually determines how long it takes.

I can get the horse to understand and do his job but without teaching the rider how to ride them correctly is kind of like oreo cookies without milk.
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