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post #1 of 18 Old 01-28-2008, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Training a young horse HELPP

Okay well since im buying a young horse about 4 possibly 5 yrs old I need some tips / web sites on how to train one I've been around horses for over 7 yrs (age 6 - 15) so I have a pretty good idea but i want to be on the safe side Im unsure if shes saddle broke yet but ill find that out this weekend so if you send me some websites and give me some tips Im thinking about natural horseman ship


i have helped break a horse before so like i said i have a good idea of what im doing i just want some extra info
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post #2 of 18 Old 01-28-2008, 05:40 PM
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if you don't know how to train why get a horse to train?

do you have a trainer to help you out?
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post #3 of 18 Old 01-28-2008, 06:42 PM
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If you've never trained a horse before, I'd think it would be smart to get an older horse that just needs to be trained in the finer details of riding. Or a very well behaved youngster that was started off well, and is still being worked on. And make sure there is someone always there to help you. Someone to be there and tell you what to do when your on the horse. Just a warning, because I've been riding since I was five, but I always rode perfectly behaved horses. When I got my first horse (that had quite a rearing habit) I thought I was ready, but wasn't at all. Luckily I had someone to help me through all that.
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i dont want a older horse i just sold my other horse for this one because he was sick and not show potential and i want to do this more then anything any one else??
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i have helped break a horse before so like i said i have a good idea of what im doing i just want some extra info
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Well then, maybe you should wait until you get the horse to figure out what it would need to work on, and work off of what it already does know. If it's 4 or 5, then it's probably been given the basics. Like it can canter, but only on the right lead, and has no idea when to canter. If you want to start from scratch, witch a completley untrained horse that hasn't even seen tack before, well, that's in a whole other post...

What do you normally do on a horse, jump, dressage?

I'd probably try long lining a horse once a week for about 20 minutes so they could learn collection and just generally be a pleasant ride.

And my advice for training any horse: let them make mistakes. Don't be afraid to do something because you fear their reaction. If you feel safe, ask, if they do it wrong, or have a bad reaction, tell them no, and then do it again.
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usually i jump and ty for ur reply and i dont think could handle a completely untrained horse but this one i think has learned some of the basics and ill be doing free lunggeing with her i do know that and working on ground manners ect.
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With jumping, I've just seen people point a horse at a jump for the first time. If it goes over, then good, they'll work on making it pretty. If it doesn't, well... there's something to work on! Haha. I guess don't train it in jumping with boots on. I mean, later they'll be good. But if a horse learning to jump with boots on knocks something down, it doesn't feel the jump it knocked into. Therefore instead of going "ouch, let's lift our legs up next time" it just continues to knock things down.

I hope she's a lovely horse and that you have fun with her! ^_^
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i hope she is to :)
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post #10 of 18 Old 01-28-2008, 09:04 PM
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Typically a 4 or 5 year old should have all the basics on it; he should be working forward with impulsion and elasticity while maintaining a long and low headset. Chances are he'll still be considered "green" but he should know his w/t/c both ways, as well as "whoa" and "go" as well as bending.
.. at least that's what I expect from a horse that age.
Umm.. this is a very tough question because you're asking about a very very broad subject, and you don't know what you're starting with... but here goes:

- Go slow with his training
- Don't jump him too high too fast or you might injure his ligaments.
- With a younger horse, take impulsion over headset.
- Encourage him to stretch his neck down and follow the bit

Could you give us more information on this horse, or what kind of advice you want?


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