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post #1 of 76 Old 09-29-2009, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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Who likes to start their own horses and why?

Just wondering how many of you out there prefer starting your own youngsters as opposed to buying something already broke? What to you think are the disadvantages and advantages of both?
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post #2 of 76 Old 09-29-2009, 09:53 AM
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I've never started a horse completely from square one, but I'm working on my current horse kind of from square two. When I bought him, he knew how to stand for tacking up and for mounting, and not to be afraid of a rider, and not to buck with the intent of dislodging the rider. I took it from there, and after a summer of weather permitting daily rides, he now has a good steering wheel, brakes, and is starting to understand "gears" within gaits, rhythm, and relaxation.

I just like the training process, and enjoy taking a clean slate and trying to turn it into a reliable, mannerly saddle horse. My dream is to someday actually saddle-break a baby, but I don't know if I'm "nervy" enough to step in the stirrup for the first ride. And, I suppose if you start with a clean slate, there's less "fixing" to do before you and the horse can progress.

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post #3 of 76 Old 09-29-2009, 10:24 AM
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I start my own & finish my own. I don't have to deal with anyone else's mistakes that way. If the horse has a hole in his training, I know about. Either I'm ok with it or I fix it. I like to know what my horse is going to do before he even knows what he's going to do.

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post #4 of 76 Old 09-29-2009, 10:47 AM
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I start my own & finish my own. I don't have to deal with anyone else's mistakes that way. .
Me too. I never buy a broke horse. I don't even want a spoiled family pet. They too take alot of work. Give he a neglected 3 or 4 year old, handled very little, doesn't even need to be halter broke.
They come along fast and within a week or two they are out riding trail.
No bad manners to correct and they seem to respond to training the best.
In 51 years of riding I only bought one OTT and didn't keep her very long. All the rest have been unspoiled, unbroke youngsters.
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post #5 of 76 Old 09-29-2009, 11:22 AM
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I have bought my first several horses, but since I have been helping out a couple horse trainers, I realize everyone does things differently, and the only way to get a horse that I want is to train one my own way! So, I have a green broke horse, that was started by someone else, but, I can still do what I want easy enough.

I also have a 5 month old foal I am going to train all by myself, start from scratch, the way I want it done. I am really excited about that! But I will probably never buy another broke horse. If I don't breed my own, like the foal (well, the sire was mine) then I will buy one from an auction. But training and working with horses is so much fun.
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post #6 of 76 Old 09-29-2009, 11:31 AM
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Except for my first horse I have either bred my own or purchased them unbroke and usually at the 1 year/weanling stage.

I trust my own instinct. I really don't want other people's started horses as I have my own way. Later that extended into even the breeding. I was not satisfied with what I call half good breeding where the horse was decently bred on top (sire) and just so so or less on the bottom (dam), and even more so when they felt their experiment in "improving" their mare to a known stallion suddenly made the offspring worth big $$$$$
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post #7 of 76 Old 09-29-2009, 11:41 AM
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I think one of the most important aspects of starting your own is you have a clean slate. Starting with a weanling/yearling that doesn't know anything as opposed to fixing someone else's mistakes or retraining the horse to ride like you want it to ride after years of being taught differently.
The down side is time, if you are wanting something you can ride relatively quick, starting with a baby is not the way to go as it takes years before they can be ridden.

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post #8 of 76 Old 09-29-2009, 11:54 AM
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i love starting my own horses my self. i think its just bcos i knoow nothing has gone wrong or if it does how to resoulve it and i know the horses hadnt been ruined.


i also like getting something out of it.
Like my coloured mare used to always knock at least 4 down in showjumping but after training aids, ect. finally she got around a 85 cm track without knocking anything down, and she has since. when she firtst got a clear everyone thought i won the lottery. lol

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Breaking a young horse is not a game to be played by youngsters and I get the impression that alot of you are just that, youngsters with little experience. You will do more harm to the horse then good and the horse will grow up with issues, issues that an experience trainer would not have.
Training yearlings is also not good. They need to grow up, yes handle them lightly but don't spend alot of time spoiling them. It just makes it harder down the line to unspoil them.
The best luck I have is with 1/2 wild horses, not the pampered family pet but the half wild things that you can't really get too close to. They break alot quicker and become more respectful of their handler.
You need strength to handle the youngster, skill is knowing what to do, a game plan so to speak and a good knowledge of the proper signals to give a horse. If you don't know how the heck is the horse suppose to know???

Again this is not a game for kids, not if you don't want to spoil the horse.
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I don't know what you consider 'youngsters' but, I am older than average teenager, so I am quite young. But, people have to start somewhere. My best freind is a horse trainer, I have known her two years now. I am working for another horse trainer here while going to college (whom I am buying the green horse off of).

I am aware that horse training is serious. But, it is what I love to do, and to me, it is fun. It is a job that I enjoy doing. I wouldn't attempt to train the foal by myself if I didn't know what I was doing. I read articles, books, I work with trainers. At some point, I have to step out on my own, with Indy, I am going to do just that. I have the knowledge and confidence I feel necessary to train him.

Yes a lot of us are young, but that doesn't mean we have little expirence. There are people way older than us, who are just now learning about horses. I'm sure it is the same for alot of these other guys too.
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