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  1. DanielDauphin
    05-05-2014 09:27 AM - permalink
    Before I can give an answer, I have a few questions. First, are you just starting this horse out, as in never has had a bit in his mouth? Secondly, if he has had a bit, does he have a very nervous mouth or is he calm, soft and happy. Feel free to give me a call and we can discuss. 337-278-8506
  2. tinyliny
    05-03-2014 12:25 PM - permalink
    thanks for the visitor message. the Appy in that little video is now long term lame. poor fellow, he is in a small dry paddock, and calls out to the herd daily. I give him extra loves, but am no longer riding him.

    I did a clicker training seminar with Z, but he kept accidently biting my hand for the tiny bit of carrot he would get. I think I am not a clicker training devotee.
  3. DanielDauphin
    05-02-2014 07:55 PM - permalink
    No need to buy treats. His regular feed will be fine, or a 50# bag of alfalfa pellets will last a long while.
  4. Lockwood
    04-14-2014 08:28 AM - permalink
    I had a chance to see your thread about him going behind the bit and a few things stuck out to me. Does he have a companion to be with when you are not riding or are around? My horse has a burro for a companion that costs next to nothing to care for except for farrier costs because most donkeys are like air ferns to feed.
    Second, is it sounds like he needs ground work and to go back to the basics. I think I saw where you looked into CA and I think that's a good idea. CA can get to the heart of a matter and it may have nothing to do with gait and everything to do with mind set. I do have his series on gaited horses, but to be honest, it's really no different than his approach to any horse. I also found Ivy's really helpful more so for me than my horse.

    If Red were my horse, once a good foundation of ground work was established and you have him listening to and responding to you ( not what's going on around him) then you could try some different bits on him- on the ground first.
  5. ellen hays
    04-07-2014 08:37 PM - permalink
    ellen hays
    I went to Ivy Gaited Horse Training and found some info. That looks very promising. I also found Warick Shillers site and subscribed groundwork dvd on starting and restarting horses. Between help from forum members like you and trainers online, maybe I will be enjoying rides on Red soon. You have given me that starting point I needed. Thanx again
  6. Lockwood
    04-07-2014 04:12 PM - permalink
    You didn't bother me at all...I've just been away at an event and haven't been able to read the thread and catch up. Actually there are some members here that know a lot about bits in general but they don't always read the gaited threads. You get some good input if you post your bit concerns in the horse talk or training areas.
    Plenty of us, myself included, don't have easy access to a gaited trainer yet find we may have issues that are unique to gaited horses. I've always been a fan of using mild snaffles with soft hands and good posture. I forget the exact name of the site, but there is a gaited trainer with some good videos on her website. I think it's called Ivy's Gaited Training, or something similar.
    Again, I will try to find the thread and read it again when I get home.
  7. Lockwood
    04-05-2014 08:33 PM - permalink
    Hi, mine is actually an RMH, but yes he goes on a loose rein. I'll have to go back and read the thread to remember who said what, but probably part of the reason my horse is the way he is because he didn't come from a gaited stable per se, but from a farm where each horse is taken as an individual.
    I'm not sure I am the right person to ask about this as there are others here far more knowledge than I, but treating my horse as a horse first and a gaited horse secondary has allowed us to focus on what works without the notion that things have to be a certain way, or gaited way.
    Again though, give a bit to go back and catch up on the conversation :)
  8. SueC
    03-27-2014 12:13 PM - permalink
    Hi there and welcome!

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