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post #11 of 13 Old 09-16-2010, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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true true ive offered to help her and a local trainer has offered with lessons only costing 40 dollars which isn't bad. The trainer is really good. But the girl says wow thats too expensive.
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post #12 of 13 Old 09-16-2010, 06:49 PM
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It sounds like you need to get this horse into a smaller pen, and if he won't be caught with treats, then if he wants to run away, make him work...turn "his idea" into YOUR idea... Horse are lazy by nature, and he WILL figure it out that allowing himself to be caught is way easier than the alternative (work). You don't necessarily have to make him canter, but make sure he's not just loafing about either, and change directions often, so he realizes that you are the one calling the shots.

That said, if the owner can't work him, then maybe she needs to send him to a trainer, or sell him...he's the way he is because he's gotten away with it, for a long long time, and ONLY persistance and consistency is going to make him change his current behavior.

"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
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post #13 of 13 Old 09-16-2010, 09:32 PM
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Originally Posted by ladybugsgirl View Post
true true ive offered to help her and a local trainer has offered with lessons only costing 40 dollars which isn't bad. The trainer is really good. But the girl says wow thats too expensive.
If he's barely even 'halter broke', frightened to be caught and yet she rides him, then I'd say there's also the reason he bucks 'randomly'!

Not exactly sure now what you want to ask for advice for, if you say nothing will be done about it. But to motivate the owner, it may be worth reminding her that it's negligent to keep an animal & not attend to it's health with regular hoofcare, worming, teeth... Not to mention asking her why on earth is she keeping the horse if she's so concerned about lack of funds & can't do anything with him anyway.
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