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post #11 of 16 Old 09-21-2010, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Sunny View Post
One word: Patience.
Plus the ability to admit when you are above your abilities and being willing to search out and take advice/help from others.
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post #12 of 16 Old 09-21-2010, 05:43 PM
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You don't say how old you are or how many years experience you have had with horses. Have you ridden green youngsters before? Ones already broke to ride but needing lots and lots of hours of training and patience? Ever handled unbroke horses or horses that are just halter broke and been handled but never had a saddle or bit in its mouth? If your answer to any of these is no, then to be honest you probably are not ready to train your own horse.
I agree with Speedracer, if you have to ask "is training a horse hard" then you probably should not be training a horse. Personally, I have trained youngsters from first time saddleing and riding through the young years and it is not an easy thing to do. You will make mistakes, and hopefully those mistakes won't cost you injury or your horse injury. I give kudos to those who train their own horses, but at my age I now enjoy buying an already trained horse, and have fun tuning it up, working more on certain aspects of training, etc then starting wtih a youngster.
I have seen many young people try to train their own horses and end up with rearing, bucking, temper tantrum throwing horses more than I have seen well trained horses when it is all said and done. If you don't know the fine points of teaching a horse things, like to break at the poll, to bend and give to the reins, to drop their head and relax when asked to, then you won't have an enjoyable horse.
Yes, training is hard work, and can be dangerous. Get a nice well trained horse, learn from professionals and ride and gain experience for a few years, then try your hand at training.
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post #13 of 16 Old 09-21-2010, 06:40 PM
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Honestly, don't let yourself get caught up in the foolish idea that somehow training your own horse will improve your bond or create this magic web between you. It's just the biggest load of baloney going.

I've owned several horses now, and the horses of my childhood were all trained by someone else - I didn't have any less of a bond with them then I do the horses I DID train myself.

I have owned, ridden, shown, bred and trained horses my entire life - 25 years now. I have one start to finish horse under my belt - and I made more then my fair share of mistakes. The rest aren't start to finish because they weren't born with me, I just did parts of their training. Let me tell you, I'm really getting to the point where I would kill to be able to afford the kind of horse I DIDN'T have to train! I'm taking lessons this fall again on my green youngster because I've taken her as far as she can go and I need help finishing her now!

It's a fun experience, but it's hair raising, frustrating, dirty hard work that is NOT for the faint of heart. If you have a chance, for sure, do it when you're older and you've always owned a goodly amount of horses. Do NOT let yourself be suckered into believing it's going to be a fun FIRST horse owning experience!

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post #14 of 16 Old 09-23-2010, 10:48 AM
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If you're just getting your first horse you should not be training it yourself. It takes a lot of experience to know enough about what you're doing to take on training. It can be easy, and it can be hard. It depends on the trainer and the horse. If the trainer is very inexperienced the process will be very difficult. I'm 16 and I've been riding for about six years and I've ground broke horses, and finished breaking horses, but never saddle broke horses until now. I just now feel comfortable enough to break a horse. You really should wait until you are more experienced and know what you're doing or it could turn out bad for you and your horse.
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post #15 of 16 Old 09-23-2010, 11:35 AM
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Training is the easiest thing on the world. You train your horse very day. It is easy to train a horse to run off dragging you. It is easy to train a horse to kick and rear. It is easy to train a horse do invade your space and so on.

Now training a horse correctly to make them a very solid well trained horse that will do everything you want when you want them to do it. Now that is a bit harder.

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post #16 of 16 Old 09-23-2010, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by nrhareiner View Post
Training is the easiest thing on the world. You train your horse very day. It is easy to train a horse to run off dragging you. It is easy to train a horse to kick and rear. It is easy to train a horse do invade your space and so on.

Now training a horse correctly to make them a very solid well trained horse that will do everything you want when you want them to do it. Now that is a bit harder.
Very true.

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