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        07-28-2010, 10:25 AM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by mliponoga    
    Horses like you described is what brings down the market now. When you can buy a horse that's worth $2000 for $300 because someone let's say lost their job and can't afford them anymore that's when the market turns. When people finally start putting the right price tags on these horses is when the market can come back. But luckily these people do let them go cheap before they are starved, turned to slaughter, etc.
    This is such an interesting point and has a lot of merit, I had never thought of it like this! How on earth does the horse market tackle that issue when it is such a large scale problem? Or does it just take time to recover like everything else? Do we wait for an improvement in consumer confidence or jack prices up to improve the market? I will certainly be consulting my economics professor in a month when I return to college on this one!
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        07-28-2010, 12:37 PM
    Okay guys I have taken everything you said in to account and me and my mom are going to be putting serious miles on this horse starting yesterday {in my lesson with my almost olympic coach}. Just to clarrify, if anyone was wondering why we've had him for 9 years and he's still greenbroke its because of me. We could never afford a trainer because we didn't have $800 a month to shell out so me and my mom, along with a family friend started working him when I was around 11 or 12. I had a bad fall where he stepped on my back and although I didn't have any physical damage I had emotional. After that his training got sketchy. A ride here and there, when he'd spook big time I wouldn't get back on for a month or so. But I have learnt a lot and I've ridden a lot of horses since then and I am working hard to get past this. I want to train when I grow up {i'm 16} and if I can' work with my horse that I've owned and nurtured and loved for 9 years how can I work with anoyone elses horses.

    So from now on I will be riding him in my flat lessons with my coach. She was shortlisted for the 2000 olympics so she knows what she's doing. Level III coach.
        07-28-2010, 12:41 PM
    Yay, I like to hear that sort of dedication to straightening him out as much as you can! You're right about needing to train your own horses successfully before trying to train other people's horses!
        07-28-2010, 01:08 PM
    Our lesson last night actually went pretty well. He shocked me. I hadn't ridden him in about 3 weeks and he only spooked once, and we rode outside on a windy day. :) He did however seem to oppose to the canter. Lol. Pony bucks are so easy to sit though it was not a bother at all and at least now we know what we have to work through.
        07-28-2010, 01:25 PM
    Sounds like some ground desensityzing is in order...how's he react to white bags on the end of a lunge whip??
        07-28-2010, 01:36 PM
    Haha. The one time we tried that with him he got so scared he ripped the lunge line out of my hands and my helpers hands, we were both holding it and the guy helping em was a somewhat big guy. My ponies 700lbs so he was scared ****less of the bag lol. Though yesterday he stood quietly when my instructor was moving this huge blue barrel around noiselly.
        07-28-2010, 02:19 PM
    Just a tip, you don't want to be desensitizing them from the saddle, get them desensitized on the ground first. Consistency is the key, if you find something that scares them, continually work with them that day until they are past it. Then next time you work with them 50% of the problem may be gone, then do the same routine until it's all gone, and then next time you work with them it'll be down to let's say 25% of the problem, and just continue this pattern until it's all gone. Most of the spookiness can leave this way in my opinion.

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