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post #11 of 15 Old 11-22-2009, 09:32 PM
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While I understand and respect what you're saying, I believe in some circumstances the horse should not have a choice in the matter and that if the rider's not dumb or a novice, that their judgement is usually better than the horse's.
Even if I tie up a horses leg and lay it down it still has a choice to continue fighting or give in. Fighting gets harder and harder as the horse gets more tired but it still has a choice. I think that the people that say they never force a horse to do anything don't get much from thier horses.

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HA! I don't get much from my horse? Oh please. My horse tries his heart out for me, he offers me so much, more than he would offer someone who tried to force him (actually, he's the type of horse that if you forced him he would hurt you).
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post #13 of 15 Old 11-22-2009, 11:06 PM
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While I understand and respect what you're saying, I believe in some circumstances the horse should not have a choice in the matter and that if the rider's not dumb or a novice, that their judgement is usually better than the horse's.
I understand what you're saying. However the horse always has a reason for doing what he does, it's just feedback to the rider. So it's up to the rider to not take the feedback personally (even though it might be personal lol) and fix it, but to never force it. That way the rider gains trust (if the horse is scared) or respect (if the horse is acting out of dominance).
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post #14 of 15 Old 11-23-2009, 12:59 AM
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It seems like we're all saying the same thing but arguing about the definition of "forcing" vs. "asking" or "convincing". You can give a horse a good option and a kinda not good option or you can give a horse a good option and a horrible option. They can still choose so your not forcing them but they most likely will see the good option a little quicker.

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post #15 of 15 Old 11-23-2009, 04:20 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for sharing their opinions. I have ridden some of the horses she has broken in and they are quite good. Nice competition horses and good general riding horses.
I am though sort of concerned about the price? $180 for a week. So I guess $20 for agistment, $10 for food, $65 for a 2 hour lesson and then the rest for training.

So if he's there for 2-3 months being broken in that would be alot right?

And no, she's not some back-yard trainer. She has and still does qualify for Nationals and State shows.
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