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Does anyone train their own horses?
Is it difficult to train? I'm sure it's a lot of work. Has anyone ever taught themselves how to train a horse? If you so did you learn from books? Sorry if this is a bad question but I had to ask. I'm new to owning horses and I have a trainer lined up where we are moving and everything but I just wanted to ask.
I of course want the best for my horses! I'm just trying to learn everything I can. I don't have them yet they are still with the guy I'm buying them from and one is only six months old. I have been told young ones are horrible to train and work with but I like a challenge and I don't ever give up on things!
Oh I have to add I do know not to ride her at that age either! So I'm just talking about ground manners and things like that.
i trained my own horse but for about half a year i had a trainer for me not so much for the horse but she helped me know when to correct him.. but then i had to quit lessons and just ride occasionally then i started teaching him western again and i say if a horse is trained to do something you want to start back up and you just have to condition them then go for it but if you are starting from scratch i would say either get a trainer or read ALOT of books.. it is alot of work to do any type of training by yourself but let me just say it is way worth it, it builds the bond you have with your horse and the horse comes to trust you more... good luck!!
I think that there are a lot of variables here. Horses are huge animals and even the nicest ones can harm you (even unintentionally). Unless you have a lot of experience with horses I'd not want to train my own horse. Our horse is boarded with our trainer and he's teaching us how to train him.
You can learn a lot of things from books. I think you can certainly add to knowledge you already have but there are so many things about horses that are best learned by seeing them in person. Some of the differences are very subtle and an experienced trainer would be best.
We found our trainer by asking around. He has a wonderful reputation in our area. He knows us, what we needed, and understands horses.
I've trained 3 horses from birth to 2 years old. Never saddle broke one but plan to give it a shot this spring.
Baby's are easy and not nearly as dangerous as a full grown horse. I bought a video by Clinton Anderson about getting them from birth to saddle breaking. I have 2 near 3 year olds I've started getting used to a saddle and they are doing well, but I'm not sure if I want to be the first one on their back. I have a trainer lined up if I chicken out :lol:
I sold my first baby when she was 2. The folks I sold her to have young children that can crawl all over her and ride her bare back from the day I dropped her off. When I knew she was to be a kids horse I made sure she was used to being touched all over, tail pulled and what ever else I could think of before I let her go. They ride her all over with just a halter and rein so I must have done something right :shock: I have no other training other than watching the videos and reading anything I can on the subject.
That is awesome to hear! I want to be able to ride bare back! I've always wanted a baby so he/she can grow up with us! I'm kind of scared getting an older one because you never know exactly how they were treated or trained. But we are getting the babies momma and she's 6 years old. No one has rode her since she's pregnant and had the babies so I'm not sure how she is.
I'm excited to learn all this! I learn better from trial and error then I do having someone teach me. I plan to read a lot of books and take a look at the videos as well though :)
I got my mare as a greenbroke 6-7 year old... so I guess I pretty much trained her, and I was pretty 'green' myself.
My colt, he's turning 3 this coming March... I've done all his work myself... The only help I've had since he was born has been books, computer articles, helpful hints my farrier gives me, and a few tips from a breeder who lives down the road.
My colt was extremely easy to saddle train. Right now, even though he's only two and a half, if I felt like riding him all I have to do is go catch him and put the stuff on him and he's ready to go. He's safe enough that I let my younger cousins ride him every now and then and will put little kids on his back bareback and let them sit on him. I jump on him bareback with him in the pasture completely free and he's never attempted to buck or rear. Right now, he hasn't been ridden in a while and I only ride him once or twice a month (I found that he does much better being ridden only once in a while instead of for thirty consdecutive days)... But I'm not getting on him or letting anyone on him again until he's three. He can be a horse this winter. Lol.
If the colt or filly is handled correctly and confidently and has respect for their handlers, I think it'd be pretty easy to break them.
It's great that you want to be part of everything that happens in your horses life. Being there and part of it really helps to build that first solid foundation for your relationship with a horse.
I've been training for a few years now and I started out on my own, but the reason why I'm really at where I am, is because I went with a reptuable trainer who really taught me a lot, and it's not something that you can get from reading or watching a video.
I would really reccomend finding a local trainer who is willing to work with you and your horses - to show you what to do, how and when to do it, what signs to look for in a horse in response to what you are doing, and how you should react to that response.
I'm not saying that books/videos aren't any good at all, but what if you horse responds completely different than what they've shown in the video or you've read in the book? Reacting negatively when you should postively or vice versa when you don't know what your horse is trying to say or tell you can lead to some serious disasters later or right away.
So, for the physical and metal safety of both you and your horse, I would really suggest getting some hands on work with you both. It's better than ANYTHING you can watch or read.
Congrats on the new horses, and I hope you enjoy them as much as any horse owner should. :)
I trained/am training my horse. I had someone who would help me out when I needed it, and he taught me a lot about training. I'd helped train horses before I got mine, but not all that much. For me, getting a trainer is not an option. I hardly have the money to pay board-I'm helping my parents with it, let alone paying for a trainer.
I was a very green rider when I started. It's taken so long because I had to learn how to really ride before I could really train him, even though I'd ridden for three years beforehand.
I say that if you're serious about horses, you have to train one eventually... But if you can, get some help along the way, whether they're training you how to train the horse, or they're on the horse.
Having only owned horses for a few years I had to learn how to train when I bought a then 3 year old. ( I was told he was five, but they fibbed! )
It was either that, or sell him after only owning him for two weeks, I was having such a time. :-(
I got busy and bought all the C Anderson dvd's and read and watched every RFDTV show there was. There wasn't as many trainers on RFD 3 years ago.
I did incorporate a trainer to help me canter him since I was too new at that and to help show me which leg aids to use when.
But, then it was all me.
This horse is now 6 and is the best trained horse I have. I am pretty proud of all we have accomplished.
It does take commitment, consistency, and patience.
I lacked the last at times, it can be frustrating, but, soon learned that when I was getting frustrated, to just stop everything I was doing, take a breath and SMILE at my horse! Until I felt the frustration leave. I wouldn't do anything else with him till I was calm. Then I would do something he knew by heart to help him and me stay relaxed.
It didn't take long for me to realize that if I was frustrated, so was my horse! Horses don't want to frustrate you, they are really trying to do what you want. It's up to us to find a way to make them understand without putting too much pressure on them.
If you can remember that, and to always stay safe, you will create a bond with your horse that nobody can take away! :D
So yes, you can train a horse pretty good just by using dvd's. But, if you can use a trainer, all the better!
Plan on being stepped on, run over, bit and kicked at. If you can maintain your calm, keep a clear head and not get angry or hurt to badly, your half way there :wink:
If you can find a local trainer by all means use him/her. Its not impossible to do it on your own though. If your planning on working your horse up to show or do some sort of higher trained events a trainer is probably very necessary. For the average family horse, a do it yourselfer can handle it.
In my mind any horse needs lots of time spent with it. The younger the horse the shorter the memory so more time needs to be spent.
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