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        12-26-2012, 09:58 PM
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    CRK
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    Hi Chevylover!
    To start I would say that there are a lot of rewards to starting a horse. I start one or two horses each month, and I love working with the green ones. They are actually so much easier than trying to retrain a horse with bad habits. However, there will always be situations that you cannot predict, and it is very helpful to have an experienced trainer assist you in the process.
    You definitely have the right idea with doing lots of groundwork. I believe that you can never do too much. Focus on getting respect and control on the ground, more than the pessoa rigging or side reins, as mentioned before, this is for more advanced training.
    One more thing - for the first horse you get to start, be sure that he or she is quiet! A calm, willing, unflappable attitude will make your job so much easier to learn. If you decide to go for it, feel free to message me with questions! I love starting youngsters!
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        12-26-2012, 10:01 PM
      #32
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    Originally Posted by CRK    
    Hi Chevylover!
    To start I would say that there are a lot of rewards to starting a horse. I start one or two horses each month, and I love working with the green ones. They are actually so much easier than trying to retrain a horse with bad habits. However, there will always be situations that you cannot predict, and it is very helpful to have an experienced trainer assist you in the process.
    You definitely have the right idea with doing lots of groundwork. I believe that you can never do too much. Focus on getting respect and control on the ground, more than the pessoa rigging or side reins, as mentioned before, this is for more advanced training.
    One more thing - for the first horse you get to start, be sure that he or she is quiet! A calm, willing, unflappable attitude will make your job so much easier to learn. If you decide to go for it, feel free to message me with questions! I love starting youngsters!
    I purchased an unbroke 3 year old standardbred mare today! She is the sweetest thing ever and just completely goes with the flow for everything. If I didn't know any better I'd say she was already broke by how calm she is! I don't think I could have picked a calmer first horse to break! :)
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        12-28-2012, 01:58 PM
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    I purchased an unbroke 3 year old standardbred mare today! She is the sweetest thing ever and just completely goes with the flow for everything. If I didn't know any better I'd say she was already broke by how calm she is! I don't think I could have picked a calmer first horse to break! :)
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    Where the heck are the pictures?! !! This is the most exciting day of your life is it not?!
    Standardbreds rock - I'll be honest, not a fan of their gate, but their personalities are absolute winners. Finding one that wasn't a racer is a great benefit for you :) I want tons of "baby" pics (that's what I call em cause I always feel like the silly gramma pulling out a wallet with rows of pictures of her "babies" tumbling out, whenever I show off my pony pics) - in fact you should just start a training thread with continual updates on how she's doing!

    Congratulations, this is going to be among the most thrilling and most difficult journeys of your life, I hope you love it!!
         
        12-28-2012, 02:22 PM
      #34
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    Here's a video of her second day at the barn, but first day in the arena! She was nervous but did very well!

    Only you can love me this way (day 2) - YouTube
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        12-28-2012, 02:32 PM
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    Where the heck are the pictures?! !! This is the most exciting day of your life is it not?!
    Standardbreds rock - I'll be honest, not a fan of their gate, but their personalities are absolute winners. Finding one that wasn't a racer is a great benefit for you :) I want tons of "baby" pics (that's what I call em cause I always feel like the silly gramma pulling out a wallet with rows of pictures of her "babies" tumbling out, whenever I show off my pony pics) - in fact you should just start a training thread with continual updates on how she's doing!

    Congratulations, this is going to be among the most thrilling and most difficult journeys of your life, I hope you love it!!
    I took your advice and made a new thread! Here it is :)
    Http://www.horseforum.com/horse-training/training-my-first-horse-147959/#post1817783
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