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    09-19-2010, 07:52 PM
  #1
Foal
Question Is training hard?

Is training truly hard?

I have friends who say training ia the hardest thing they have ever done and other say it's the easiest.

How hard is it truly?

I can w/t/c and am a little nervous when it comes to jumps.

I want my first horse to be one I trained myself but I honestly done want to be killed.
     
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    09-19-2010, 07:58 PM
  #2
Trained
It depends on your patience level, ability to be consistance, and experience. And the horse. I have trained horses and it's not my favorite thing in the world to do.

I would not recommend getting an unbroke horse for your first horse. It takes a lot of time, dedication, and effort. Trial and error can result in a big mess later on.
     
    09-19-2010, 08:01 PM
  #3
Started
I would have to say I think it is hard to finish a horse. I think a truly well trained horse is a truly responsive horse and takes a very experienced rider :)
     
    09-19-2010, 08:05 PM
  #4
Green Broke
One word: Patience. I'm training my own right now, and my patience is tested daily, to the extreme. It isn't easy, it's frustrating, it's time consuming, and I haven't even been on her yet. Don't get an untrained horse as your first. It's a disaster waiting to happen.
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    09-20-2010, 10:00 PM
  #5
Started
I think whether you should train your horse depends on your experience level and what you want your finished horse to be. One of the most important qualities for a trainer (aside from patience) is the ability to recognize your limitations, as well as those of the horse.

You also have to be able to evaluate where your horse is in terms of training, and where you want him to be.
     
    09-20-2010, 10:17 PM
  #6
Banned
I think it depends on the horse. I've had a few that were pulled from the field, barely touched other than to wean and they basically trained themselves. I've had others that have been more than I can handle. The trouble with horses is they are unpredictable. You could find a two year old who is the sweetest most respectful guy on the ground...put a foot in the stirrup and he turns into a bronc. You just don't know until its too late.

Like the others, I think patience is the only thing you really need. I wouldnt suggest it until you have ridden more horses than you can remember and can handle yourself in a sticky situation.
     
    09-20-2010, 10:27 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by Sunny    
Don't get an untrained horse as your first. It's a disaster waiting to happen.
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I have to agree with you Sunny. There really are kind of invisible steps to training a horse. It is a process of teaching something small, then building on that. If you skip over and leave holes in training, it will come back to bite you. Seriously. And as the old saying goes, "Green and green make black and blue." (Meaning a green horse with a green rider is an accident waiting to happen). I can vouch for this. I started riding with some neighbors back when I was a kid. They had green broke crazies, and I can honestly say, I have no idea how I'm still alive. My first 4H horse show with them, their horses were sooooo herd bound I was kicked out of showmanship, and couldn't get the horse back in to the arena to save my life. He was rearing up, hollering... you name it. I was watching everyone else show, and "our" horses were the crazies. I got to thinking, how did everyone else have good horses? Shortly after that, I found a riding instructor and began taking lessons on normal horses. That's when my riding really took off. That was 12 years ago now. I wouldn't want anyone's first horse to be a greenie, or an unbroke horse. It might just turn you sour to riding. I know when I was riding with them, there were days where I didn't want to get on the horse, because he'd already spooked 3 times and bolted a time or two.
     
    09-21-2010, 08:49 AM
  #8
Foal
I would say its hard when you're not confident in yourself or your horse. If you walk up to them thinking "Oh gosh this horse might buck when I do this or, I saw this once I hope when I ask him to do it he will" then he will sense it and be less confident in your ability to show him. I think its fun because you learn something new every time you work with them.

If you want your first horse to be one you trained, you should get a good trainer to evaluate your horse, sit down and tell you where you should start and have him/her be there watching your first time working with your horse. Ready to step in if things get out of hand or give you pointers. Over all its very rewarding. (:
     
    09-21-2010, 11:09 AM
  #9
Yearling
It really depends on the horse.

The first one I ground trained was a wild, idiotic little nitwit who's now an in-your-back-pocket-all-the-time loverboy. But, that doesn't mean he loads, bathes, or picks up his feet well. Very friendly, but has barriers that need to be knocked down. On a training scale of 1 being the easiest, and 10 being the hardest, I'll give him an average of 5. He's not an unusual case, and what one can expect to find in a unhandled 2 year old (now four).

On the other hand, I have Divo who picks up on things faster than I can teach them. He's easy to teach new things and is accepting of new experiences. On a training scale, I give him a 2. He's is unusually easy to teach, but does need some practice as to not develop bad habits. His major vice is that you have to really move through your training list to keep up with his learning.

Then theres my colt, haltered twice and otherwise just not messed with much. He's about a year in a half, approaching two, but very personable. On a training scale, just from what I've tested with him, he gets a 4. He'll be easier to train than your average unhandled horse, but he will have a stubborn streak and at the moment has a short attention span.


All in all, is training easy? No. Definitely not. It's an extraordinarily dangerous profession. Even with Divo, my unusually easy learner, I might hit on something that will make him blow up or buck. Maybe he doesn't like tarps, or maybe he hates water. Theres always a roadblock to overcome on an unfinished horse.
I have to say that finishing a horse is one of those difficult tasks one could ever undertake. There are so many different things to be covered, and each horse requires some slight changes to the program than the last. Maybe they need more pressure, less pressure, more of a gentle touch versus a firm hand.


I always suggest starting with a trained, not exactly finished, horse. Something with some small barriers to overcome. The more horses your around, the more confident you will become. Eventually you'll come across one that you just can't resist taking home and training yourself.
     
    09-21-2010, 11:56 AM
  #10
Showing
If you have no experience training an animal, especially one as large and dangerous as a horse, you need to find a professional to help you.

If you badly train a horse, the horse is the one who pays the ultimate price, not you. Unless of course, you get hurt or dead in the process because of your inexperience. Then both of you lose.

Since you had to ask the question, my honest opinion is that you don't know enough or have the right skills to train a horse.
     

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