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        05-18-2012, 01:40 AM
    LOL dude, I've been in this exact situation. Working with horses for someone who didn't know anything, and I didn't know much more than what they did at the time. Is becoming a horseman/horse trainer your goal? If so, you'll get a lot of experience out of this deal but I wouldn't count on changing the owner much if at all. Even if you fixed the horse for them they'd just ruin it the next day anyway. Not that you shouldn't do it. The more horses you handle the better you'll get.

    With the catching, another possibility is that by walking after her for an hour the main thing you're teaching her is to walk away from you. The position of your body and the direction of your energy and attention in relation to hers are the key factors in catching horses. If you don't know where you're supposed to move and when, you'll actually teach the horse to become worse instead of better. If you want to gain the skills, you've got to start studying hard and figuring out where you're going wrong because this mare is quite a handful. XD
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        05-18-2012, 12:18 PM
    Originally Posted by TimWhit91    
    I have only worked her 4 days so far. And the past 2 days I took her for a nice relaxing walk afterwards. I'm not taking these horses out on the trails for awhile, they are ticking time bombs. I don't know what the person who started them did to them, but they are just dangerous. Well, the paint isn't as bad, she is just a little hyper and extremely pushy and rude. But the saddlebred...she is one I may need to give up on and tell the owners to find a professional who deals with dangerous horses. If she doesn't like something she either backs up, goes up, takes off or runs sideways. Doesn't matter if I'm on her or not. I rode her for about 5 minutes today in a small circle to keep her from taking off and probably bucking. Then ground drove her the rest of the time. I know my limits, I think this one may be above them. And I know her owners have no business with tis horse, she will kill one of them.
    Be careful talking about the person that started these horses, for all you know they could of been going great at the time they got sent home. You do not want that attention.
    Like Ian said the saddlebred is going to give you more experience than money can buy. This horse handles situations they way she does because it either worked for her in the past or she does not know any other way.

    Once again the plan is to make her want to be with you. Go with her as she does these things, be it backing, rearing, running side ways; the whole time making it annoying, bumping the lead rope, whatever you can. Just remember to do these things without emotion. Rewarding the correct behavior...

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