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        12-27-2006, 06:34 PM
      #11
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Skippy!
    Thats a very interesting take on Training that you have Cowpuncher! I had never heard of people doing that before, but it makes sense. Its not what I do when I train, but it is a very valid method =)
    It's a very traditional way of making ranch horses out here in the high desert. I try and do all my personal horses that way, although it seldom works out that way. I do generally try and turn them out for several months on pasture, if they have any problems with being a horse.

    If someone brings me a horse to train that has the kind of respect issues, I'd rather turn them out for a couple weeks than have to teach them to respect my space with my lass rope.

    Out here, a ranch horse might be called on to make a twenty or thrity mile circle. You do that on a two or three year old and it's not good for them. If you wait until they are four or older though, and their bodies have developed enough to withstand it.
         
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        12-28-2006, 01:13 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    Cowpuncher, sadly when I got into working with horses, I was in Los Angeles =/ We didn't have the space to do that sort of training.. nor the space to use horses in that way (I wish we did though). The extent of what we could do was confined to an Arena (albeit a fair sized one) or trail riding, which is what I preferred to do with my finished horses.
         
        12-28-2006, 02:31 AM
      #13
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Skippy!
    Cowpuncher, sadly when I got into working with horses, I was in Los Angeles =/ We didn't have the space to do that sort of training.. nor the space to use horses in that way (I wish we did though). The extent of what we could do was confined to an Arena (albeit a fair sized one) or trail riding, which is what I preferred to do with my finished horses.
    And there is nothing wrong with that. On the other hand, even on a small place, as long as their is a little bit of a turnout pasture or paddock, putting an illmannered horse in with some older horses can be VERY useful to the training process.

    P.S. So, are you in the Air Force, or a dependent?
         
        12-28-2006, 04:28 PM
      #14
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by cowpuncher
    And there is nothing wrong with that. On the other hand, even on a small place, as long as their is a little bit of a turnout pasture or paddock, putting an ill mannered horse in with some older horses can be VERY useful to the training process.
    This is -VERY- true. There's absolutely nothing I love more than handling a pushy, bossy, spoiled stud colt and leading him out into the turn out field for his first encounter with grouchy old mares. The turn out field at the ranch in California is about 5 acres big, and my god, to watch him go out into the field thinking he is hot stuff.. then watching him get butt-squashed... haha =) I think I misread your post, I didn't realize you meant to turn them out with the other horses to get the attitudes out of them, I think I thought you meant to turn them out so they could hang out and have no human contact until they were ready to start the saddling process as a yearling.

    And im a dependent, my husband is a Sr. Airmen and works on the flight line with Metals Tech. Jobs =)
         
        01-20-2007, 09:27 PM
      #15
    Foal
    I have a Yearling colt, Mac. I had him at a trainer house for the first 10 months of his life (his mother belonged to the trainer, he was not being worked by the trainer). I purchased him at 2 months old. He was weaned aroung 4 months old, from this time on he has been worked in a round pen and handled daily. He is now 13 months old and does very well in a round pen. He knows the cues that I will use while riding, he does very well for the farrier, he is use to children, animals etc. Mac is now at my friends place (my place is not ready), and with her help he will be showing soon.

    My opinion on the training is that it depends on what you are wanting to do as to how soon you should start training. I wanted Mac to be ready for shows by the time he was 1. I am a little behind schedule but he is wonderful.

    Hope this helps.
         

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