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    03-07-2012, 08:01 PM
  #1
Foal
New to horses. Looking to start strong and do things right.

I have spent the past few evenings reading through many posts in this section. Thank you to all who have taken thief time to share their knowledge and experience.

I have two Labradors that I hunt with that I have trained myself. They are extremely well behaved and dynamite in the field or boat. I tribute their manners and hunting to their training. I stayed consistent, firm and fair with them never asking more than they were capable of or exceeding their drive/training.

With that being said, I am new to the horse world. My fiancé and I just got two horses this week from a neighbor. They are 18 and 25. They have been together for 15years and are buddies. I believe them staying together has made their transition to our place easier. The 25yr old was a excellent cowboy horse and has more spunk than the 18yr old. The 18yr old is a big boy who is a lover. The both halter,trailer, and saddle very well. We are excited to have the boys as an addition to the family.

My fiancé has been riding and since she was 12 and is confident in her abilities to care for and work they boys. I am new but want to start off right and have a strong pressence and maintain consistency with my interactions with them, in all aspects of my role as a rider and caretaker.

I am looking for general advise and to be pointed in the right direction. Are there any really great threads, articles or training guides anyone has "Bookmarked" or saved that I might learn from. I will continue to look throughout the forums and Internet for information. Anything that could be shared would be appreciated.


Thank You
     
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    03-07-2012, 08:12 PM
  #2
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Well, I first want to say that you are so welcome here and we look forward to hearing about this new adventure you and your lady will start out on. (by the way, it's fiancee for a girl, fiance for a guy).
I can't think of a good beginners book. IT's kind of like there are so many, many books out there, but is there one that is golden for beginners? H m m m. Someone else will have a good idea.

Your approach of clarity of communication and consistency is absolutely the correct way to approach horses. Thsi not only makes them well behaved, but much happier. They are much happier when things are crystal clear, boundaries, I mean.

However, they do not train exactly as dogs do, because they rarely will work for praise , as a dog will. And, in fact, being overly cuddly with them will only invite them to see if you are someone they can push aon a bit and get the treat , without doing anything other than mugging on you.

So, horses work more from pressure and release of pressure. Think of being more of a "shepard", than pack leader. When I said shepard, I meant that you start out driveing a horse. You drive him to back up, you drive him to step over, you drive him to go through the gate . Eventually, he feels good following your "orders" and will become more of a "follower" to you, in which case you start leading the horse, who mostly willingly follows. Sorry this sounds a bit woo-woo, now that I read it. Just thinking off the top of my head.

Now, I'll pass this off to the next person!
     
    03-07-2012, 08:28 PM
  #3
Foal
Yay for you two! When I got my first horse the things that stand out to me is that you need a schedule for shots and worming, what to feed them and how much( so they won't colic), always have clean water, and be the leader. I mainly watched how ppl acted with their horses, worked with a trainer, and decided what I did and didn't like. You tube is a good one as well or magazines. Good luck! I have found the horse forum a ton of
Help!
     
    03-07-2012, 08:50 PM
  #4
Yearling
Just stay out of the Natural Horsemanship Training section here. They'll have you doin clicker training and reading books on etiquette to yer horse. It'll be tempting, but stay clear of them, they'll corrupt you...........................Oh dammit! I'm IN the Natural Horsemanship section!.....see how easy it is to get sucked in? Im outta here
     
    03-07-2012, 09:27 PM
  #5
Foal
Fiancé, fiancée... I always mess that one up! Thanks for the tips!

We have our vet, chiropractor and farrier lined up. The worming and vaccination schedule is set too.

Thanks for the tips!
     
    03-08-2012, 10:05 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by AmazinCaucasian    
Just stay out of the Natural Horsemanship Training section here. They'll have you doin clicker training and reading books on etiquette to yer horse. It'll be tempting, but stay clear of them, they'll corrupt you...........................Oh dammit! I'm IN the Natural Horsemanship section!.....see how easy it is to get sucked in? Im outta here
Seriously?
     
    03-08-2012, 10:10 PM
  #7
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by AmazinCaucasian    
Just stay out of the Natural Horsemanship Training section here. They'll have you doin clicker training and reading books on etiquette to yer horse. It'll be tempting, but stay clear of them, they'll corrupt you...........................Oh dammit! I'm IN the Natural Horsemanship section!.....see how easy it is to get sucked in? Im outta here
Please don't listen to this ^^^^ Natural Horsemanship is wonderful and can be very rewarding and successful. This is unless you are not sure what it truly means which I'm assuming is what is wrong with the above poster. I don't like stereotyping, but if I was classifying myself I would say I use natural horsemanship. I think that the meaning of having a bond with your horse that is so connected, they want to stay with you forever is one of the most rewarding things on the planet. The only thing I would say is too always remember that they are not just 4 legged machines. They are beings and wonderful ones. Sounds like you already feel that way though
     
    03-10-2012, 11:57 PM
  #8
Yearling
Horsemanship is more like an art than a science. It's subject to individual interpretation. Everyone has their own opinion on the best way to go about it..EVERYONE! Do what feels right to you and your horse. Listen to your intuitions. Don't be in a hurry to get this stuff. It's a journey not a destination. You can take it as far as you want with how much you want to get into it. Do what you're comfortable with doing and don't ever let yourself get hurried into doing too much before you're ready for it. It takes time! If I could go back and tell myself one thing it would be to enjoy the learning process more, and not stress about stuff. Assume the best of your horse and treat him like he's the finest horse you ever rode. Sounds like you've got some good horses to start with. Experienced, been there/done that types. Not too shabby.
     
    03-13-2012, 07:46 AM
  #9
Foal
Hi Muldoon, I agree with Ian McDonald above, there are lots of different ways of being with horses and different approaches seem to suit different people and horses. I have been finding Friendship Training (Friendship Training) to be working like magic for me, I can't speak highly enough of it.

You horses sound lovely. One of my boys is 19 years young, a complete sweetie.
Good for you and fiancee for keeping them together; horses can form very deep friendships and it is such a shame to break them up. Enjoy your journey into horsemanship.

Cheers
Frances
     
    03-20-2012, 08:50 AM
  #10
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by AmazinCaucasian    
Just stay out of the Natural Horsemanship Training section here. They'll have you doin clicker training and reading books on etiquette to yer horse. It'll be tempting, but stay clear of them, they'll corrupt you...........................Oh dammit! I'm IN the Natural Horsemanship section!.....see how easy it is to get sucked in? Im outta here

Pull me out with you D:

OP, There are MANY different ways to achieve a good relationship with your horse, whether it be natural horsemanship, pat parelli or even rick gore, you have to take every horse and situation differently.

I would fully suggest finidng a trainer in your area that will help you assess the disposition of your horses, and help you from there. Some horses are laid back and easy going, where as some are more stubborn minded than others- quite like dogs!

Some are willing to give their love and affection, and others you have to work for it.

Not only that, but if things are going well now, and three months down the line you start seeing some negative behaviours, this may come from a lack of leadership from yourself and is very common amongst new horse owners.

Owning horses and building a relationship with them is something that you learn over years of working with horses and understanding them, not something than can be described over the internet so much.

I wish you all the best and look forward to seeing you round the forum!
     

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