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    08-03-2012, 11:51 PM
  #11
Foal
Clinton is a shameless salesman but if you listen he is good. Just don't buy too many of his videos they used to all be the same just new titles. And i'm not sure if starting out for the beginner his package wouldn't be too bad.

If you are more advanced I really like Dennis Reis, a lot of good information in his videos but he has one single 4 set package (i think anderson sorta copied it)
     
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    08-04-2012, 02:35 PM
  #12
Weanling
I think you'd be better off with a professional trainer, at least at first, because it's possible that the first stages of restarting won't be pretty. It will take someone who will not back down; someone able to meet the violence offered without emotion; someone who can, in fact, show he is stronger than your youngster, not so much that he has to "boss" her but that he is control of the situation. In other words, he has to be enough of a trainer to become not only the herd but the leader of the herd; at least when he's there. And I sadly admit I believe that there are times when fear comes before trust. Of course, so much depends on your horse.

You can probably get along without a pro, but it will probably take years, instead of weeks, to reeducate her view of the world; and in the meantime it will be dangerous.
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    08-09-2012, 01:40 AM
  #13
Foal
You would be smart to join Clinton Anderson's Noworriesclub. For 20 bucks a month you have unlimited availability to many DVDs and TV shows, etc. Also you have a forum with many experienced horsemen who will help guide you. If you can afford his Fundamentals Series DVD collection I would highly recommend getting it. His training method works, it's simple and effective.
     
    08-09-2012, 10:58 AM
  #14
Foal
For a while the No worries is alright, also if you plan on buying his Equipment its worth it. W hen I was at his clinic in Tulsa the last time he was there I noticed that his prices were much better for his "No Worry" Members, which is to say His stuff is way overpriced for the most part, the only thing I'd buy is the Halter and Lead.
     
    08-10-2012, 01:35 PM
  #15
Showing
If the horse has regressed to step one then the fault lies with you. You need to ramp up your energy a little and make her move her feet. Any direction will do, just keep them moving. Horses boss the lower rank like this all the time. She may not like it at first but too bad. You're not lunging her unless she circles you to escape but just move her sideways or back. She will become less resistant as she tires and will want to quit. Then ask her to walk beside you. This is where she gets a break. If she moves out of position (your shoulder, her throatlatch) get her moving again.
     
    08-10-2012, 05:27 PM
  #16
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problem horse

My latest horse - about 15 months now had never been turned out with other horses - in fact I would think she had never been turned out in actual pasture either for a long time or never at all
She got terribly clingy to her field buddy and was throwing fits when that horse was taken out to work without her but we just ignored it and over quite a short time its all gone away. She never had any issues about going out to work on her own if her friend was in the stable but wasn't happy if it was in the field and constantly leaned to her but again that has all gone away so I think a lot of it was down to insecurity and a lot down to novelty.
As she's reactive I would be careful of anything that she feels is confrontational - and that can be body language as much as holding a whip. I did use the idea of desentizing to a whip as she did see it as a tool of punishment (not what I want) and we are now over that hurdle. I find that when I loose work or lunge a horse that's a bit anzious I can drop the whip when I need too but if they see me as a threat nothing I can do about that
I prefer to start out an 'iffy' horse on the lunge as having that contact between me and them reinforces my control and keeps everything very disciplined, once that's established a move on to loose work
Our methods are slightly different anyway in the UK
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