Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel View Post
I know I'm going to step on a few toes, but that's how I feel NH training does to people.. makes them think that they can take any horse, play with it and suddenly it's trained.
If she's serious about training, have her intern with a riding instructor, watch lessons and see if she can pick out the difference before the instructor says the correct.. and after.
Great point, thanks!
Encourage her to learn about how horses communicate, the signs of a happy horse, and MOST importantly, the signs the horse is asserting dominance and is about to strike out.
She's been learning a lot about horse behaviour, she's very interested in this. She says can actually pick up if horses are tense or unhappy by watching them. The problem right now is that I am not as confident in my horse psychology skills, so I can't say if she's correct. But there have been instances where she said something to me (about a horse being unhappy) and then an experienced person confirmed this as well.
Take her to some trainers and have her watch their sessions in person or even just talk to her about training and how dangerous it can be and how important it is to have a lot of experience.
Or have her take some ground work lessons so she can learn. But encourage her to stay in riding lessons, and to not train until she's much more older and experienced.
We are going to attend a NH clinic in a couple of weeks, so she's super excited. We are also trying to arrange monthly groud work lessons. We almost switched to ground work entirely, as her Barn #1 wasn't working out and she felt frustrated, but then we were lucky to find Barn #2, where she's very happy. I was told it is better to develop a good seat now and learn to ride well, before diving into NH.
At least then she knows more about the reality of it.
And if you do happen to stumble across any of my posts about how I trained my horse, let her know that I did it with HELP. I took lessons and I educated myself and I didn't do something that I had no clue about. Because otherwise with all due honesty I wouldn't be writing this right now.. I wouldn't be alive.
I will look for your posts, thanks!
Also as much as I like Rick Gore, I would make sure that she takes his "training advice" lightly. HE has over 50 years of experience with horses. She just started. Very big difference.
I agree, yes. So much of what he does seems like magic, and I guess this kind of "magic" comes from years and years of experience. I still think it is good for her to watch his segments. I just have to remind her that even if someone were to do what Rick Gore does, the results might not be quite the same!
I've been riding for around 8 years.. all 6 of those years were terrible lessons where I learned bad habits.. the past 2 years I had proper lessons and volunteered at a barn and learned how to "read" horses (their body language.) Then the barn owner taught me how to lunge, how to handle on the ground, and then how to ride greenies. That was extremely poor of her to stick a beginner on a green horse.. but somehow I worked and managed to train quite a few horses. Then I took lessons at TWO different barns on riding and ground work so I could work with my green personal horse.
But again.. I could have been seriously hurt. Horses aren't puppies.. they will hurt you intentionally or unintentionally.
It takes a lot of time and a lot of help from various people to learn about horses. I think I shouldn't trust her as much. She knows about horses so much more than I do, and has a great afinity for horses, so I lose my guard and think that she has some kind of sense, especially when I see her confidence with horses. I have to remember that she's still such a beginner and a child, even if she is quite knowledgeable for a beginner.
I really appreciate you taking the time to talk to me here.