I know that there are many people who jump right in before realizing how deep the water really is when it comes to training their own. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a very horsey family with a professional trainer as a father. He taught me everything I know about horses (a long way from knowing everything, but I get by). I have trained about 10 horses completely from scratch all by myself and finished many more that were green broke. To me, it is not so much about makeing sure that the horse loves me. I treat them right and they can love me or not, that is their choice. There can be an incredible connection without there being love. It is just about a feeling of accomplishment and pride. There is nothing quite like taking a horse that was so wild that no one has even been able to touch him and get him to a point where I can just walk up to him in the middle of a huge pasture and jump on him bareback to ride back to the barn with nothing more than a thin piece of rope around his nose. It is the pride of seeing that light bulb come on when they realize what I was trying to teach them and perform it perfectly. Plus, because everyone rides so differently, it is nice to know exactly how they will respond to a certain cue instead of a big question mark. When I ride a horse that someone else trained, constant doubts are running through my mind. I ride with spurs, will this horse blow up when I cue him with one? Is he a head slinger or is he a kicker, or maybe is he terrified of anything that looks like a stick because he has been beaten? Plus, I can't afford a well trained horse because they are usually expensive and the only trained horses that are in my price range usually have some serious behavioral issue; bucking, biting, rearing, bolting, etc. To me, it is just easier to train them myself and never create those problems than to try to fix them. I just enjoy the challenge of molding a young mind into a stable horse that I can do anything that I want to on.
Last edited by smrobs; 06-27-2009 at 03:37 PM.