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post #1 of 12 Old 01-04-2011, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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training horse to pull timber...

I recently bought a shire gelding and want to work him pulling timber. I have a pony that I trained myself already working with me and all has gone well but im alot more apprehensive about training the shire, I guess his size is putting me off. The pony was the first horse I ever broke and I put alot of time and thought into it, and it couldnt have gone better. He enjoys his work, has perfect manners and knows exactly what is expected of him. It gave me a big confidance boost to see him turn out so well and now i've just started training 'the big guy' but can't seem to get rid of the nerves and the feeling of 'am I doing this right?', and I keep questioning myself even though I know the meathod is sound.why am I suddenly so worried? Anyone else experiance this? Anyone else work horses, would love to hear about training meathod, tips etc.
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-04-2011, 02:19 PM
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We always put the inexperienced horse next to an old plodder. I don't know if that could be an option for you?
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unfortunatly we don't have an old plodder. The only other working horse is the first pony I trained and they don't get on. The other trouble is not being able to talk an experianced person because virtually no one uses horses for work over here (ireland) anymore. I've never heard of anyone still doing it and most people laugh when I tell them i'm going to work my horse in the forest or think im joking. And the other problem associated with that is that im finding it impossible to get good work harnesses.the ones I have now were rescued out of a derelict farm and needed alot of fixing as they hadnt been used since the 60's. Think i'm going to have to save up and buy online nd pay for shipping.
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Your fear seems to be based on the horses size. My experience has been to fear the little guys more than the big. The ponies and minis tend to have a small man complex that makes them naughty and mischievious. The big guys, have a 'whatever' kind of attitude. If you know you can do it with a pony, you can do it, it doesn't matter what the size of the horse.

I would take some time doing other things with your big guy til you have more of a bond and trust him more. Betcha he is easier than the pony once you have trust.
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yes your right alexs, his size is definitely scareing me, and he was quite expensive so I have this fear of ruining him. Everything has gone well so far and he's an easy guy to work with and im takin my time. Its just kinda scary cos theres no one there to correct me if I go wrong. Its frustrating too as no one uses horses to pull timber over here so the meathods I use are what I learnt in books, online etc. theres no one I can watch or learn from. I'm doing everything for the first time, having never seen it being done before. Can't seem to shake the nerves.
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I think, in general, we (general we) tend to worry when we are doing something new and different.
The extreme end of that feeling is part of what keeps most of us from doing truly stupid things, that internal self preservation thing.

It sounds like you are doing a great job. Do you have photos of your big guy?
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thanks for the post alwaysbehind, havent quite figured out how to upload pics but hopefully it worked.
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It worked.

He is a tank.


Are there no professional trainers near you that you can bounce your questions off of?
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theres a couple of trainers in the area but they train race horses, the problem is that no one works horses pulling anymore, can't seem to find anyone with experiance exept one old guy who used to work horses in the forestry back in the 60's. His advice on training the horse was to tack him up, hook him to a log and hope for the best... not very helpful.
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No one that teaches horse to drive? I would think ground driving and pulling have a bit in common.
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