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        09-08-2010, 06:08 PM
      #31
    Weanling
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        09-08-2010, 06:13 PM
      #32
    Banned
    I guess something coming in is better than nothing. Around my parts times have gotten pretty desperate money wise. People will send a horse off for training only to never be heard from again. Atleast these people are getting paid for sure.

    It sure is a great idea by the BLM...thats been the problem with them for forever..people are scared to start them themselves because of the 'wildness'.

    The Road To the Horse sounds pretty cool...I just don't know I could really do it in 3 days. Not without overfacing the colt.
         
        09-08-2010, 06:21 PM
      #33
    Yearling
    3 days does not seem like a long time, but remember, the "road to the horse" is done by some of the best in the nation trainers...it really depends on a horse's temperament too, my mare if I'd put 3 days on her in the beginning I could have her completely green broke, but I've seen horses that I don't think many people would even be able to get on in 3 days let alone broke at all. These horses usually had been handled though, just in the wrong way, so there was untraining to be done too!
         
        09-08-2010, 06:22 PM
      #34
    Trained
    The thing with the RFH is that is a challenge and money maker marketing ploy for the bit time clinicians/trainers. It is not something that the average trainer would go out and do. Nor would they want to. Most only do it one or 2 times. It is fun to see however past the 30 day wonder mentality of it there is no reason for it. Those horses would not be ready to go home to their owners once this is over. I have little doubt that even my trainer could get that done in 3 days but he has no reason to do so. His thing is putting a good solid start on a horse before he moves on. Love the way the horses he trains stay trained. To me that is the big thing.
         
        09-08-2010, 06:23 PM
      #35
    Banned
    Oh I agree. With the right personality, you can ride the very first day without too much fuss. I guess the real challenge would be picking the right horse.
         
        09-08-2010, 06:27 PM
      #36
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by corinowalk    
    I guess something coming in is better than nothing. Around my parts times have gotten pretty desperate money wise. People will send a horse off for training only to never be heard from again. Atleast these people are getting paid for sure.

    It sure is a great idea by the BLM...thats been the problem with them for forever..people are scared to start them themselves because of the 'wildness'.
    I agree something is much better then nothing and I also think it is a great idea that the BLM is doing something to make these horses marketable.

    Thing is in the end. A trainer puts several hours a day 5-6 or maybe 7 days a week for 90 days then figure in the feed farrier vet an all and really in the end how much are they coming home with? Then what if they can not place the horse after 90 days then what? What if it is not ready by the 90 days. I am sure there are certain things that are in the contract that might cover these things but it would be something to think about.
         
        09-08-2010, 06:30 PM
      #37
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by corinowalk    
    I guess the real challenge would be picking the right horse.
    I agree with this 110%. Plus most of these trainers see a lot of horses in their day job. The more you ride the more different horses you ride the more tools you have in your tool box.
         
        09-08-2010, 06:52 PM
      #38
    Trained
    I would certainly do it, but it would have to be during the summer. I doubt I'd do very well though, I've only starte done colt purely on my own although I've assisted with many before that.
         
        09-08-2010, 07:10 PM
      #39
    Weanling
    Watched the Nuebert kids start performance horses and have them in a lake swimming with them on the 4th ride, fun watching them brand on the futurity horses with a few weeks.
         
        09-08-2010, 07:14 PM
      #40
    Yearling
    ^^ Hmmm...agreed! I would have been able to take my horse in a lake swimming within the 4th ride as well...it's really about establishing trust with the horse and getting it through to them what you want them to do...
         

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