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post #1 of 7 Old 07-29-2013, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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Question About to be trained, now what???

First of all, i don't like to use the word "broken", because it sounds mean. We are getting my horse trained within the next 3 months, and i feel like i have forgotten EVERYTHING i knew about horses and i have SO many questions. What do i need for this? what do i look for in a trainer? Is it as easy as getting him used to the tack slowly? How long will it take? I am riding English and have taken lessons for walk/trot and started jumping a bit. Also, any advice for bits? Tell me your experience at this time. Thanks!!!

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post #2 of 7 Old 07-29-2013, 12:52 PM
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If you are going for a trainer:
Watch them work with a few horses and see how they do their techniques and see if you like the way they do things. They should know what they are doing, the horses should listen to them pretty well, the trainer should be kind, etc.
Training a horse to ride and be safe to work with can take from a few weeks to a few years. (I'm actually not entirely sure how long it takes, but I know it doesn't all happen in a few weeks or months, hehe.)
We have always taught our horses ourselves - so I am just saying what I would look for in a trainer if I were to send on out. I want to be a train myself, so I am also just saying what a trainer should be like.
Getting them used to tack....
This just takes time. You can get your horse used to being around it in one day, but then you come back the next and you will have to start all over again because the horse will act like he never saw it before. If you are getting your horse used to a saddle pad to begin with, then just bring it out to where you will be working the horse and work around it, circling your horse close to it, but pay no attention to it. When he gets used to that, pick it up and let him sniff it and gently rub it on his nose to let him know it's not scary. Then rub it on his neck gently and slowly work your way all over his body. If he moves away from it, keep rubbing it on him until he stops. When he stops moving, so do you. Just do this on both sides of the horse - because the horse has two brains, so one side may be perfect, but the other could be godzilla again.

With any object he is unsure of, do this with him.
I hoped this helped a little bit. But training and such is unpredictable with the time it will take. Some horses may be a month and other may be two years. (Although I wouldn't think so)

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post #3 of 7 Old 07-29-2013, 12:54 PM
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Welcome, I understand that you don't like 'broken' but trained really doesn't fit here, training is a life long process. Started is a good one to use

Next, more detail needed, because I'm not sure just what we have here, other than a wreck in the making.
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-29-2013, 12:58 PM
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:)..a little more info. Does the horse have any training under him/her or is this a complete first time under saddle type training?

From what you are saying you have limited riding/training experience so I would certainly not recommend training in that instance..as you indicated, you need a trainer. From ground up you also would not be riding with the trainer any time soon..the horse needs time to adjust to being under saddle...it isn't just a matter of getting tack ON the horse but teaching him how to balance under a rider's weight and actually learn what it means when leg is applied. Young horses can be very unbalanced and the rider needs to be able to counteract that..a "green" rider, one with limited time in the saddle, can't work that issue as they haven't completely mastered their own balance.

Check the area..do a search online. Interview possible trainers and get their philosophy on how they work horses. Get references and CALL those references. Trainer should have insurance; look at their barn and training area. Make sure you can visit at any time without notice.

Young horses first being ridden are normally trained in a simple snaffle..usually a loose ring. You can't just "choose" a bit until the horse has been ridden for a while and shows a preference or need for a different type of bit.

As for how long training will take, it depends on what you expect out of the training and the horse. Some learn easier than others. Some may take a month of groundwork before being actually ridden, others may only need a week. The point, however, is not to rush things. A horse can be made, or ruined for life (not injury but attitude/ability) if the basics are not there. For example, a lady at our barn bought a 2 yr old rescue off track TB (now 4). She did things exactly right with his training and he has turned into the sweetest, most calm horse and is doing preliminary level eventing and never twitches an ear at new jumps..he really enjoys his work, but, she didn't push him over strange jumps. She started with simple poles on the ground, moved him up to plain crossrails when he was ready and jumped the occasional weird looking vertical as he progressed. This horse now gladly jumps anything and I have yet to see him refuse any cross country or stadium type fence for his level.
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-29-2013, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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SOOOO.... Yes, it is his first time, he is not going to be ridden by me at first (there are many experienced riders out there looking for green horses to ride) And thanks for all of your advice!!

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I think it would be wise to continue lessons, and I think you're making a good decision in hooking up with a trainer. But as others have said, we need more details.

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post #7 of 7 Old 07-29-2013, 01:56 PM
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A horse does not have two brains. He has one just like every other one headed creature out there. He has two sides to his one brain. Information does not flow as readily between sides as it does in most humans. This tendincy to be onesided means we have to train him as if both sides are belonging to a completely different animal but in general once you train him for something on one side you can tell just how well he process information by how quickly and accepting he is of training him for the same thing on the other side. This is why it is good to handle babies from both sides repeatedly to develop the connection between right side of the brain and left.
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