Train or Sell
I rescued a pony/horse last July. He is guessed to be about 3 years old. He is very very sweet and smart. He is very respectable on the ground. Learns fast. My concern....I was told he was broke...well I was told wrong. LOL When I get on him...he just stands there clueless. Has no idea what to do....I know its not his fault. I have no idea how to break a horse. I have no idea where to begin. I have heard horror stories of sending him off for training and everyone wants 500/700 a month for training. Is it a bad thing for a horse to be kept as a companion for another horse to never be used as a rider? I am willing to do that but is that bad for him?
At his age and with no physical limitations? Yes, it's bad. What happens if you can no longer keep your animals? Where do you think an untrained adult horse is going to end up?
Send him to a local trainer, where you can keep tabs on him. Any trainer worth the money is going to encourage you to come out and watch, not try to keep you away.
As far as the cost of training? Yes, it's expensive. But if you want your horse to have the best chance at a good, useful life, then training is the way to go.
It's bad to not train him for the saddle only in the sense that it will be harder to place him in a home in the future if you ever had to. Most people don't want to buy an unrideable horse/pony that's regular sized.
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Agreed with Speed Racer.
As it is right now, he's basically a meat horse.
If he's sold without training - this is probably what's going to happen - get keeps getting shipped around from home to home until he ends up in the KP.
It's fine and dandy to say we'll always keep them forever but life hardly sticks to those plans.
If you want what's best for him, I'd send him for training.
If you want what's best for your bank account, well....
welcome to hs... i do have to agree with the rest... he sounds like a calm horse and that is good.. maybe a trainer would trade services for training?
everyone is right, however you asked is it bad for him, if you mean physically or mentally no he will be just fine living in your pasture eating grass his hole life. But like everyone here has told you a trained horse is a a useful horse and untrained horse is no better then a cow. If you have been on him and he did not buck or freak out your could consider the idea of learning a little yourself and training him yourself. I know I know I KNOW! everyone this is not the BEST idea, but people have done before and horse turn out fine. Again its not best put it is doable. Keep it simple get him walking and stopping forward motion. Horses move into pressure teach him to move away from pressure. Apply pressure and remove the pressure when he response correctly. GO SLOW, remember you are learning at the same time as he is. You are going to make mistakes but if you have been on him and he excepted that you might be able to make him usable. A trainer would be better and faster. but its not impossible for you to train a horse yourself. every one of us had a first horse we trained. and if I went back in time to train that horse again would I do things different/better? Yes and so would everyone here that trains horses.
Thanks for the replies.
Cowboy Bob..Exactly what I was looking for....the horse is very smart. I have trained him to work on the lunge like and he canters/trots and even does lead changes. He is not scared of anything. I even think he is the type of horse that wont need a bit...just a hackamore. He's not my dream horse...I just got him as a pasture mate for my 10 year old horse but I have grown attached to this boy. My trainer I have locally is offering the first month $600 and the 2nd month $500 and he will stay at his place which is about 2 miles up the road but he cant guarantee anything. He said I may not like the horse when I am done with him. He said some have spent the money and just don't like the horse and then they are out even more money. My boss loves this pony and really wants him and is willing to train him but he can't guarantee he will keep him forever either so who knows where he will end up later and I don't have a guarantee he will be cared for like I will.
Honestly if he's had some training and he is fine with you on his back, your halfway to riding him. Try getting him to take a few steps. Turn him to the left or right but don't jerk on him keep pressure and get him to take a step when he does praise and rub him. Don't worry about kicking him to make him go work on little steps even if its just one eventually he will figure out he gets pet and loved when he moves often when they take a few steps they often start walking around on their own, even if their is no real direction to it if he starts walking around give him lots of praise. You can work on him turning in such on the ground and you may be able to have come over and give you lessons on getting started on a hourly basis. I've given lessons to people on how to start training horses. At least you can get on his back I'm training a three year old for someone who is fearful and untrusting with just about everything. Don't let this pony go to waste in a field.
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So basically, you just wanted someone to tell you it was okay for YOU to try and train him? Why bother with asking all the rest, then?
I still say professionally trained is the way to go. If this horse ever has to be sold on, he'd fare much better having been trained by someone who actually knows what they're doing, as opposed to someone just mucking about.
Thank you everyone for the advise...it means alot. I have no intentions in letting this pony going to waste. That is why I posted on here to get opinions and other points of views. I am new to the forum..Thank you very much! It means alot.
Speed Racer..I asked the other things because I was interested in information on that also. Thanks!
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