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post #11 of 35 Old 12-09-2012, 11:10 PM
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I've been bringing along a mustang yearling (now going on 3 yrs old). After 10+ years of experience, there's still a lot of questions I have and it has been fantastic for me to have several equine professionals around to help me out when I hit a snag. That said, I've also somewhat surprised myself with just how much I have been able to accomplish without any input. It's pretty cool, but I definitely suggest having someone around that you can consult.
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post #12 of 35 Old 12-09-2012, 11:12 PM
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As a person who has owned horses for over 20 years, I've trained many horses.

I'm now working with a new horse, training under a professional.

I realized I have had no idea what the heck I've been doing. It's very, very humbling.

There are a lot of "backyard trainers" and many of them end up with okay horses. I got lucky and ended up with two of them. But, I ended up with a lot more bumps in the road and bruises on my body than there should have been.

I'm very excited to see what my new horse will turn out like when he's finished, because finally, I'm doing things the right way.
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post #13 of 35 Old 12-10-2012, 12:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Chevylover96 View Post
... Is it possible to an inexperienced rider to start a horse if they read up on it A LOT, (I already have a great idea of how I'm going to start) and seek help if needed? Thanks please don't be rude, even if you think I'm crazy.
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Is it possible? Yes but not just anybody and everybody. My first horse was only 6 weeks old when we got her. I had no clue about horses except you get on their back to ride. I knew I had about 2 years to learn everything I could about training before she could be started. I too read a lot of books and magazines. I also watched many, many videos and shows. The best I have to say would be Clinton Anderson. He is easy to understand and follow.

During those two years of learning, we acquired other horses. Each having their own issues. There was another boarder who tried to help us with my wife's horse (we got him just before my horse). The boarder was old school in training horses, get on and ride the horse thru the issue (no groundwork). Not much help in teaching us.

One of the new horses was about the same age as my filly. By the time he was 2 1/2, I had learned a lot about working with horses. I started him on my own. He turned out ok but not perfect. I didn't work with him on a continual basis like I should have.

I was told that I was a natural with horses so most came easy to me. I also was told that I have a lot of patience. With those two things and always searching for more knowledge, it can be done. I still watch shows and read about training. It reinforces what you've already learned and you might learn something new.
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post #14 of 35 Old 12-10-2012, 01:13 AM
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Before now all the horses I rode were already trained. I've been on lots of green horses as well. I'm 24 and have ridden my entire life. I had the best lease horse for 10+ yrs. I now have my first mare and am training her from the ground up. I have 2 trainers but I am the one doing the actual training.

You can totally do it but you need help every single step of the way. Hire a trainer to teach you to train your horse. Dont do it on your own but you can do it with help. Everyone has great and well intentioned replies that I agree with.

Good luck! Keep us updated :)
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post #15 of 35 Old 12-10-2012, 02:19 AM
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I think that if you have a professional trainer supervising and guiding you, you should be fine starting a horse. I have started horses and one thing you have to remember is that every horse is different and the same thing won't work for every horse and they all react differently. I don't think there is a problem with getting a free horse because in this market right now many people would rather give their horse to a good home than sell it to one they don't like. My last 2 horses I've acquired were free. One was from my aunt's friend who was angry with the mare's trainer because she left my mare at a show among other things and also my previous mare had just died and she wanted me to have another horse. That mare today is one of the most beautiful horses you'd ever see; grey TB with a super dishy head and she floats when she moves. The other filly I got for free I won through AQHA as a youth and she is just a baby and I am excited to see the work I will get done with her!

Check out my progress with my AQHA filly Scarlett!
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post #16 of 35 Old 12-10-2012, 06:28 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone, you've really given my the confidence to know that my idea wasn't so crazy after all. I posted a similar question on yahoo answers, I was looking at a very well broke 6 year old that I've ridden many times, they told me to get something over 12.... It made no sense to me. I will definitely keep you all posted, if I get one of them I'll update with progress, and all that :)
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post #17 of 35 Old 12-10-2012, 06:40 AM
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This is a great community!

Patterns= easy and you can make your own. Its nice b/c your horse is practicing, your refining your handling, and you can match your horses ability/weakness, etc.

Basic of basic = take 3 cones, set them up spaced apart but in a line (20 feet in between maybe, doesn't matter so much if it isn't a show). Then u decide the pattern. So, it could be as easy as walk in, stand on the rail like you do at a show, walk to cone 1 and stop. Practice squaring up. Trot to cone 2 and stop. Then back up 3 steps. Do a turn and walk to cone 3 for "inspection".

I know it sounds simple as pie, but there are nuances you'll encounter, and they make for good practice. I tried to be short so this isn't a post to use for show prep!! Have fun :). * u can Google showmanship patterns and find plenty, there are very challenging ones out there!
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post #18 of 35 Old 12-10-2012, 06:43 AM Thread Starter
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I never thought of doing showmanship for training! Thank you, my instructor gave me a few showmanship lessons with a horse who wasn't too great at it haha :)
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post #19 of 35 Old 12-10-2012, 07:55 AM
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My only suggestion having seen it done with standardbreds is that people tend to forget the ground work. If they have been at the track they should have these skill but that does not mean you should not spend time working on them. Its that balance between working on ground work (by which I mean ground driving and yielding their body) and introducing new things.
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post #20 of 35 Old 12-10-2012, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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Mare #1
Welcome to Flickr!

Welcome to Flickr!

Mare #2
Welcome to Flickr!

Welcome to Flickr!

Mare #1 is 6, off the track, not broke to ride.
Mare #2 is 4, hasn't done much of anything, not broke to ride.
She got hit by a car last year, now healed nicely, confirmed sound by vet.

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