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    06-04-2013, 05:55 PM
My grandparents horses

So, my grandparents have 2 horses. They are pretty good horses but haven't had much training, and what they did have has been lost since they have been left to their own devices in the pasture for a large majority of the time my grandparents have owned them. My grandma has told me that if the horses aren't able to be ridden by the end of this summer she's going to sell them both. Now obviously I'm excited for the challenge and the ability to work with the horses, but I have NO idea where to start. Now for some background on the ponies . The mare, Lady, is very sweet, smart, and listens very well, but only when she's away from the gelding. I don't think I will have too much of a problem with her. However the gelding, Lucky, is a bit, well more than a bit, pigheaded lol . Now he is a sweet enough horse, smart too, and I think he will be easy enough to train once I get him to respect me. How do I do that? However, there is one other major problem, Lucky is kind of the leader of the two, and Lady doesn't like to do anything without him, and she's starting to pick up on some of his bad habits.Where do I start? Any tips at all? Thanks!
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    06-04-2013, 06:08 PM
I don't want you to take this as a dig or as offensive, but if you have no idea where to start, then you really don't have any business trying to.

Training a horse isn't something that you just jump into with both feet because it "looks fun" or "would be a great challenge". They are very large and opinionated animals that can and will hurt you if you handle them incorrectly.

The best bet is to get someone out to help you, a trainer or an experienced horseman. That way, you can learn what to do from someone who's there to help and the horses can get the best possible training.

Lord knows that I made more than my share of screw-ups when I was learning to train a horse...and I did have a professional trainer there to help every step of the way. I can't imagine how badly things could have gone if I'd been by myself.
    06-04-2013, 10:33 PM
I'm not by my self, my grandpa is a very skilled horseman. It's my grandma who doesn't want the horses if she can't ride them. He is going to be helping me (otherwise, yeah I would make a bunch of mistakes ) but my grandpa wants to see if I would be able to do it on my own. He likes to quiz me about these things, and obviously if I was doing something wrong he would step in. But he would rather me try to figure it out for myself than just have him tell me. I was just confused where I should start, and wanted some other suggestions.
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    06-04-2013, 10:51 PM
Okay, well if you're going to have help right there, that changes the whole thing.

If it was me, I would start all over and treat them as if they had never been trained at all. Work on ground manners, tacking them up, getting them to where they give to the bit each way, ground drive them, etc.
    06-05-2013, 08:43 AM
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If grandpa is the great horseman why are his two horses wild ?
    06-05-2013, 09:16 AM
Originally Posted by smrobs    
Okay, well if you're going to have help right there, that changes the whole thing.

If it was me, I would start all over and treat them as if they had never been trained at all. Work on ground manners, tacking them up, getting them to where they give to the bit each way, ground drive them, etc.
I agree. Start at square one as if they hadn't been handled at all that way you are able to find and fix any holes along the way instead of dealing with problems that will pop up later as a result of the holes that no doubt will be there.

Originally Posted by Joe4d    
if grandpa is the great horseman why are his two horses wild ?
Not my question to answer but I can relate to the situation and your question a bit. My grandfather is a great horseman (bred, raised, trained many good horses, NCHA/NRHA money earners, AQHA All around champs, ROM, Superior horses) but like all folks, he aged and lost some of his ability to do the things he knows how to do and like a lot of folks I know was hesitant to admit that he couldn't anymore. When I took over the farm some years ago, there were a handful of youngsters that should have been well trained solid horses by their age but had an owner that couldn't do what he knew how and didn't want to admit it and his horse granddaughter (me) was finishing college, starting a career and having a family in that period of time. Didn't make him less knowledgeable, just not able bodied enough to do it. He's well into his mid eighties now and could talk someone through a problem but heck, he can hardly walk to the barn and keep his balance let alone train one himself. Just wanted to say it can and does happen, even with very knowledgeable great horsemen.

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