Originally Posted by iridehorses
Good post Kevin.
My new guy, Hollywood, came to me useful. I've only had him for a few weeks and we are working on handy. Unfortunately I no longer have access to cattle but I can now throw a rope off him and ground tie him to clear a trail. We are working on gates. Not having the ability to ride every day slows things down for me.
Big ditto to this. I like college, but only seeing my boy on weekends and rapidly losing my weekend rides to weather and homework is getting old fast, ha ha.
Originally Posted by sillybunny11486
I think people who get horses handy, are/ or get lazy. They don't take the time to teach the horse themselves.
I like putting a finish on my horses myself. I'm no bronc rider or colt starter, nor do I have delusions of grandeur in that department, but I like to get broke horses and give them some education. Scout came to me last May, underweight and basically just saddle broke. Even the saddle broke designation was iffy at the canter. He's made great strides in a few months, and I can't wait to see what next summer throws at us.
I do like taking my self-trained (minus the saddle breaking...) horses to shows and ribboning with the people who have their trainers calling instructions over the rail.
To me, to buy a handy horse (at least in the show world) seems like paying waaaaay too much for a ribbon. To me, 90% of the fun of showing my horse is the training, and competing against myself, so to speak. I can definitely see, though, buying a finished and handy horse if you have a job to do, and putting him right to work. It's like the difference in being a hobby mechanic and needing a daily driver to get to work tomorrow. I won't go to the junkyard and get something that needs work if I need to be somewhere reliably any time soon.