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kntry 05-29-2012 08:18 PM

What to expect after training?
We have 3 horses at the trainer right now. They're just being trained for trail riding, nothing more.

The Draft (7-8 years old) is broken but hasn't been ridden in about 2 years. He's just being tuned up.

My Buckskin Quarter Horse (3 years old) is green broke and will be with the trainer for 2 months. Supposedly, he will be dead broke when I get him.

My son's Thoroughbred (3 years old) has only been ridden 4 times. He will probably be with the trainer for 3 months.

When the horses come home after such a short time, will they still be prone to "cut up" if they aren't ridden every day? My eldest son's horse is still bucking and "cutting up" if he doesn't want to listen and he's been broken and ridden a lot over the last year. However, the person that broke this horse used a rougher method.

The trainer breaking our horses is using Clinton Anderson's methods.

spurstop 05-29-2012 08:59 PM

60 days is absolutely nothing for a young horse to get broke.

Unless your trainer is the miracle worker, he will still need consistent riding and training. Eventually, he will hit a wall and decide that he's not having fun and he will start testing you. You need to be prepared for that.

oh vair oh 05-29-2012 09:10 PM

Horses will always fall down to the level of the rider, especially green horses. You could have the best trainer in the world, but if you can't keep up with his techniques at home, the horses will regress to whatever they can get away with from you. It's best to take lessons with the trainer training your horse, so you can continue what he's working on and learn how to handle them.

lilruffian 05-29-2012 09:31 PM

My biggest suggestion would to go to the trainer as well. Even if it's just a few sessions before you take them home so that they can show you what they do, why and how.
Horses, especially young/green ones, like to test new riders so you need to be prepared for that. They're not going to come back perfect angels and remain that way. Horses change with the environment, cercumstances and people handling them.
Since the trainer is using NH methods, i would REALLY recommend getting some tips from him.

kntry 05-30-2012 09:07 AM

Thanks for the replies.

I love my horse but maybe I should see about getting an older, dead broke horse. I don't have time to ride him every day and haven't really ridden in 30+ years. I'm not afraid of him but I can't afford any broken bones either. LOL I'm the sole support of my family.

cowboy bowhunter 05-30-2012 09:44 AM

For a young one to be dead broke they need way more then 120 days, and lots trail time.. There is way more to riding then going forward and back.
I have a 4 year old with over 220 rides on her. She still isnt dead broke. She still will spook at stuff and needs reasurance.

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