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    05-11-2011, 11:22 AM
  #11
Foal
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Originally Posted by candandy49    
As much as we would all like to help you there is just to much to relate here on this Forum or any Forum. Self education and research are your best friends at this point with your horses. See if you can find an experienced horse person to help you. Hands on learning is the best way to figure out what you need to know. Keep us informed how it goes for you.
Thank you, will do
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    05-11-2011, 11:37 AM
  #12
Foal
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Originally Posted by mbender    
I think if you want help you should give more background info on your level of experience with horses. Reading, watching clinicians and dvds will help. But I may be able to help with suggestions if you can be more clear and if I know your level.
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I have been riding for about 6 years and have tried 4 disciplines. I'm a senior is high school looking to major in equine studies. I have ridden green horses but have never had to teach a horse to walk on a lead rope before. All three of the babies ares spooky, don't know about personal space, and need to learn basic things. They don't get very much attention or training from the owner so I've taken this challenge on as my senior project. And I was asked to work with them at least a few times a week. One thing I was told recently is that if a second lead rope is put over the filly's(the yearling) butt when being led, she will learn to walk from the pressure. Advice like that is what I'm looking for because that is what's been helping
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    05-11-2011, 11:38 AM
  #13
Trained
Hon, you need help from a trainer. Find one. Even with things that are seemingly as basic as leading, the phrase Green + Green = Black and Blue still applies.
     
    05-11-2011, 11:45 AM
  #14
Foal
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Originally Posted by Equilove    
Start with simple things like not letting them walk past you when you're leading, asking them to back up with a light cue, squaring up, light lunging for the older ones... Pretty much all the things that will make getting them started on riding in the future easier. Getting them to understand your body language and vocal cues is good right now.
THANK YOU! That's the kind of advice I was looking for!
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    05-11-2011, 11:57 AM
  #15
Yearling
Something else you can do that I did with all of my foals when they got into my space. I put my elbow into the side of their neck and left it there while I led them eventually the learned where to walk. I didn't have to put much pressure on thier neck for them to walk quietly beside me.

Are the horses at your place or at the owners place? I ask this because it might be easier on you to work with one solely for now and then when that one is going good then take on another one and so forth. I have four horses and I know with me training three of them it can be very time consuming and since this is your first go around on training a horse. I would start with the yearling first. She needs to be worked on the ground not from the saddle. Out of curiosity how old is the yearling like is she 14 months 18 months old. I have a 15 month old yearling that I am placing my 15 lb saddle on her back once a week for 5 minutes walking around.

I will help as much as I can. Also talk to some trainers in your area. I have found that most trainers in my area are willing to answer my questions.
     
    05-11-2011, 12:22 PM
  #16
Green Broke
I really hope you don't end up dead. The point that every one is trying to make, is that you are ask one of the most basic of training lesson questions on an internet forum.

A horse that rears is extreamly dangerous. Also, horses that are basicly wild at this point are a lot harder to train that it would be a weanling. They are older, stronger, and weigh a heck of a lot more than you do.

GET A TRAINER! Just because a trainer is helping you doesn't mean that "you" are not training the horse. A trainer is there to help when things go sour, and you don't know what to do.
     
    05-11-2011, 12:23 PM
  #17
Yearling
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Originally Posted by horsejumper82793    
THANK YOU! That's the kind of advice I was looking for!
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You're welcome :) just remember that green babies who have bad leading manners that are being made to listen tend to pull. You can only lose a tug-of-war against a horse, even a baby. A good way to keep control is to keep their neck bent. Pulling straight back is a no-no. Teach them to yield to light pressure in the halter and to RESPECT you most importantly. Let them know where your bubble is, and demand they stay out of it unless invited in. Keep in mind you must respect your horses as well. Never go into THEIR space unless you feel they are comfortable with you there. An uncomfortable horse makes a distracted one. You want the horse to have its full attention on you, so keep your full attention on him. So, don't stop to check your phone or chat with friends unless you expect him to do as he wishes as well. Horsemanship demands mutual respect and understanding! :)
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    05-11-2011, 12:43 PM
  #18
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Equilove    
You're welcome :) just remember that green babies who have bad leading manners that are being made to listen tend to pull. You can only lose a tug-of-war against a horse, even a baby. A good way to keep control is to keep their neck bent. Pulling straight back is a no-no. Teach them to yield to light pressure in the halter and to RESPECT you most importantly. Let them know where your bubble is, and demand they stay out of it unless invited in. Keep in mind you must respect your horses as well. Never go into THEIR space unless you feel they are comfortable with you there. An uncomfortable horse makes a distracted one. You want the horse to have its full attention on you, so keep your full attention on him. So, don't stop to check your phone or chat with friends unless you expect him to do as he wishes as well. Horsemanship demands mutual respect and understanding! :)
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I agree 100%.
     
    05-11-2011, 12:53 PM
  #19
Trained
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Originally Posted by myhorsesonador    
I really hope you don't end up dead. The point that every one is trying to make, is that you are ask one of the most basic of training lesson questions on an internet forum.

A horse that rears is extreamly dangerous. Also, horses that are basicly wild at this point are a lot harder to train that it would be a weanling. They are older, stronger, and weigh a heck of a lot more than you do.

GET A TRAINER! Just because a trainer is helping you doesn't mean that "you" are not training the horse. A trainer is there to help when things go sour, and you don't know what to do.
THANK YOU. This is what I was thinking and failed to communicate.

I have trained my horses to do many things. This does not mean I did not learn how from a trainer. If you are asking soemthing basic on an internet forum, you do not have the capabilities to train a horse completely by yourself. Riding a green horse and trianing them are two completely differant things.

Everyone starts at a place where they do not know. If everyone had the attitude of not getting a trainer, then this world would be full of ruined horses.

It is especially important in horses to know what you are doing. They are dangerous animals. And if someone can't admit if they aren't qualified, then they don't have business handling a horse. Everyone goes through that "God" stage where they don't want to admit being wrong. I know I did. But eventually you just have to learn to accept advice. We can't be there to ensure your safety and walk you through a process from an online forum, and we can't help you if you do something wrong.

But a trainer can!
     
    05-11-2011, 01:12 PM
  #20
Foal
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
Hon, you need help from a trainer. Find one. Even with things that are seemingly as basic as leading, the phrase Green + Green = Black and Blue still applies.
this is my senior project, and the owner of the horses cannot afford to put three more horses in training, but thank you.
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