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post #1 of 19 Old 09-19-2010, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Talking training, the good, the bad, and the ugly--YOUR EXPERIENCE...

Hi everyone, I thought about starting this thread because it would be interesting for us all to share our expereinces-where you were then and where you are now. What is the best thing you taught your horse, the easiest, the hardest... Did your horse turn out the way you wanted, better, not quite... Did you use a professional trainer, was your horse hard to train, or a very quick learner. WHat would you do differently if you could start over? Was yuour horse a lost cause turned into a puppy dog? Did you encounter any surprises, etc. Share what you will--I look forward to hearing everyones expereinces.
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post #2 of 19 Old 09-25-2010, 08:00 PM
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The first gelding I ever trained was a Saddlebred gelding. I was training him for western pleasure (keep your giggles to yourselves lol) for 4H and I was 14. It sucked. Teaching him to sidepass caused lots of rearing. He wouldn't go slow, nor would he put his head in the ideal position for western. We had to do a pattern that called for "loping with speed" down the rail ... good joke, that's all he knew how to do!

Anyway, he ended up doing very well. He could sidepass both directions, he could jog, and although his canter was not ideally a 'lope', it was still slower than before. We got to the show annnnddd... he was terrified of the cones. He reared up twice (BIG rears, right by the judges) in our second class, and pooped in every single class. I guess his saddlebred techniques kicked in! "Be afraid of everything but look pretty doin' it" ;]

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post #3 of 19 Old 09-25-2010, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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He sure is cute!
I am finding with my new gelding (this is the first horse that I have had to really "work" with) is that it is NEVER smart to rush things, and gaining both trust and respecct from him are priority. I am getting further by just spending time with him--the more time I spend with him grazing him at hand or grooming him, the more responsive he seems to be when we are working.
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post #4 of 19 Old 09-25-2010, 09:31 PM
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My first experience was a very lucky one. Denny had been terrorized at his former home, the 'cowboy' that tried to break him would get mad and hit him every time he spooked or twitched or moved so naturally, he was uber sensitive to every action and touch. I was 14 and stupid. I fell in love with him one morning and decided I wanted to ride him because "he was pwetty :roll:". He had been sent to my Dad for training because he was deemed a 'terror' by the cowboy boyfriend. I started riding him and never looked back. I wish now that I had known some of the things I do now but back then, speed was all that mattered. I ran him everywhere, raced him against my friends, never did anything at a walk. I didn't know how to teach him much of anything, he still doesn't know his leads, he will only leg yeild one way , he struts when I ask for the walk, and constantly has his head in the clouds. I still love him but I cannot stand to ride him because he will literally beat you to death at every gait. However, he has his forever home with me.

Here, I had been riding him for about 3 months

And this was the last time I rode him for more than just a few minutes.

He has since developed a bone spur on his spine. It doesn't seem to bother him just playing in the pasture but I would be leary of putting a saddle on him again so I guess he is permanently retired now.

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post #5 of 19 Old 09-25-2010, 10:39 PM
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Butch Cassidy (AKA) Biscuit

Oh gosh my very first horse was a mess! I was young & green at the time (knew the basics lol) & my dad was cheap so he figured he'd buy me a 6-yr-old greenbroke Appy gelding ($1200 with tack). When we went to see him he hadn't been ridden in a yr & only had about 30 hrs training on him. So the guy got on him, i got on him & rode him & he was calm as peanuts. He was easy to catch, not spooky & loaded into a 1 horse trailer without batting an eye.
When we got him home (it was near winter) we ended up putting him out at a friend's until the spring when we were gonna send him for training. Anywho.. he went stupid lol.
By the spring when we went to move him to another pasture he was hard to catch, very jumpy & it took a while to get him into a trailer (basically acted like he had never been handled/seen a rope).
We seperated him & the donkey he was with when he got to the new pasture & I spent 5 months going out to see him about 2-3 times a week, bringing oats & beetpulp just getting him to where he'd stand near me before he would let me put a halter on him!
It was sort of sad when we sold him because his new owners worked him in the round pen when we got him there & every time he came by he'd stop right in front of me & push his head into me I guess sometimes you don't really realize the sort of bond you've made until moments like this!
If there was ever a horse i wish i could have back now that i'm older & much more experienced, it would have been Biscuit.
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post #6 of 19 Old 09-26-2010, 01:37 AM
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Well, I am just training my first horse from the ground up right now. He is 10 weeks old. (See Zane in my "Horses" section).

Previously I have just purchased "trained" horses and worked with them through whatever issues they had, and tried not to create more issues, lol! Most of my trail horses have not known how to side-pass, so I taught them that, and some of them have been barn sour and in a hurry to get home, so I have/had been working with that. Or wouldn't stand still when you mount, little things that are annoying but not major problems.

But my first foal was born July 14th, and he is almost 10 weeks old now and I can hardly keep my mitts off him! I'm having so much fun training him! He leads, ties, moves off of pressure, ponies, picks up his feet, deworms, can be touched all-over, is easy to catch and loves to be groomed. He isn't perfect with some things, such as sometimes he lags or nips when leading, or won't hold his feet for more than a few seconds, but hey, we're working on it!

I always dreamed of having a foal, but it's even more fun than I imagined!

Sure, we've hit some snags (like not wanting to pony, rearing and/or throwing himself down during the early halter-breaking stage, etc.) but basically we are steadily moving in the right direction and I am very happy with where he is at. And did I mention I did imprinting with him too? My horsie neighbor says that with me the little guy never stood a chance, lol! I was working with him from the moment he was born.

I know there will be challenges ahead of me too, but so far raising my own foal has been everything I hoped it would be! (Minus the health problems he had the first couple of weeks, but that's another long story! My neighbor says next time save the stress and get a weanling!)
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post #7 of 19 Old 09-26-2010, 09:50 AM
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This is a neat idea for a thread. I haven't trained/broke any horse -yet- but I like reading everyone else's stories. Though I do hope to teach Tango to neck rein whenever I'm able to ride her again.

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post #8 of 19 Old 09-26-2010, 10:20 AM
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I haven't trained a horse from the ground up (yet), but I've trained several greenies both as a teenager and as an adult. The TWHs I had when I was younger were fairly well broke when I started riding them, but I taught them leg-yeilding and that sort of stuff. I also taught them stupid crap like rearing and I ran them everywhere. I didn't do any of that with the green school horses, obviously my trainer wouldn't have stood for that. But I was an idiot with my horses.

Now I'm older and I've had to re-learn a lot of how to use my body and how to read a horse. It never goes completely away, but I had a 5 yr or so hiatus from riding and when I got back on it wasn't pretty. I'm very proud of what I've done with Soda, especially with the limited actual riding. I was in college and he was injured for most of our relationship. We're doing great now though and I only see it getting better. We made our breakthrough when I realized that I needed to learn how to use my body correctly to effectively teach him. It was less of a matter of "he's not listening to me" and more of a matter of "How am I asking." As I re-taught myself how to ride correctly and use my body he "learned". In some ways he was/is teaching me how to be a better rider and trainer.

Lily's getting the benefit of my learning on Soda. I"m much more sure of myself and how to use my body. She's picking up things quickly and I think she's going to make a great little pony.
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post #9 of 19 Old 09-26-2010, 10:53 AM
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Umm I think so far mine have all been succeses really so im happy about that but not without problems on the way

My first mare was a 13.2hh gypsy cob and I bought her for cheap from a friend of a friend who had too many and treated them awfully. It was weird because I went to see her horses whilst visitin her with my friend and this mare just took my heart and I spent ages getting her to come near.. Anyway, year on I got offered her and jumped at the chance. Had had 4 foals, no life and knew only basic handling. At the age of 15 I broke her on my own(1 friend helping with leading me etc) and she was the best pony iv ever owned. Trouble with traffic but after moving to a yard by side of dual carriageway that was fixed and apart from being a stubborn mare I took her from unbroken to a successfuly local PC pony! Im so proud of her Sold her to a lady where she has a home for life.

2nd pony- 14.2hh anlgo arab gelding. Absolutely nuts but what I wanted. Was very good to ride and well schooled but knew nothing about go slow, bombed jumps, reared and on the ground was a nightmare. I sorted 99% of his problems and then had to sell him due to outgrowing him. Only thing I never solved was the go slow paces.. :P Probably a fault of my own.

3rd horse- Just bought my first youngster! 4 year old tb x welsh d gelding. Handled and good temperament but unbroken and been in with mum all his life. I have now progressed to riding him both in arena and hacking out at walk and trot. Got halt down to a 'tee', getting much better in traffic and learning to canter so so far so good.. Hitting a few snags such as napping and confidence issues but fingers crossed he'l turn out good too

Sorry for the essay :P
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post #10 of 19 Old 09-26-2010, 11:03 AM
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I'm doing my first solo training right now with my 2.5 year old TB, Sunny. I got her as a 20 month old and she was a pushy, crazy, brat of a horse. Her main issues included not picking up back feet, kicking, leading, tying, and trailer loading. Right now we are polishing up her leading skills and working on trailering, but everything else has been mastered. She can be saddled, bridled, and lunges in one direction(working on that ). I hope to have her under saddle by 2011, but she'll let me know when she's ready. I love her to death, and for once I have a horse who likes me in return! She is very one-personed, which, while it is extremely flattering, we have got to work on. She tries to kick my aunt when she goes in her stall, and that's got to be fixed. But, overall, I could not be more pleased with how she's progressing.
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