I have started my new cowboy job this week. I'm living in a camp on a Forest Service grazing allotment and working for a cattlemans association. My job is to keep the cattle off the roads and away from riparian areas (streams rivers and ponds) and campgrounds. I am allowed to have up to 6 head of horses. Luckily, I have been able to get 5 head of outside horses to train to supplement my wages.
The reason I have posted this in the training section is that I have come to realize that 90 percent of the problems people are having with thier horses are due to a lack of riding and not necessarily a lack of training. For instance, I am riding a little bay mare for a young woman and the horse though that water was going to melt her hooves right off but in less than a week she looks for water and wades right in and sticks her face in up to her eyeballs. I did not round pen her nor did I form any kind of bond with her. I didn't get off and lunge her or whisper to her. I got her good and tired before I ever ask her to step across water and I set it up so she couldn't refuse. I then ask her to cross several times during the 5 hours I was riding her. Toward the end she was not high-headed, pushy or terribly buddy sour not to mention crossing any stream or bog like a champ.