Training job - any tips?
A friend of mine is wanting me to train her 2 year old filly in some ground work. She has just recently got into horses and doesn't know a lot about them, including how to ride.
I don't have a lot of experience with riding training - I know how to ride but not the training aspect so much! However, I have done quite a bit of ground training with young horses over the years. Never for pay, just for my own fun and enjoyment and for a challenge.
By 4-6 months the foals I trained could do anything any adult could. Tie, halter, lead, groom, completely desensitized, held their feet like a 30 year old school pony and were very safe to be around. Their owner was amazed and very pleased! Even though they were very friendly and well trained, they were not pushy and begging for treats. I made sure to instill respect in them.
The filly I will be working with is halter broken and has been lunged a little I understand. However she has not been handled a lot and she has not learned much. I'm planning on seeing how much respect she has for people first - my friend said she pinned her ears and tried to nip her the other day.
I want to get her respecting me, and then move onto things like tying, standing quietly, picking feet up and desensitizing.
Any great tips on how to make this a great success?! My friend wants to be part of the training which I think is great as she will learn too! I've never done this for pay before and I just want everything to go real well!
My training jobs are very similar! I went into it a lot like you with my first project, Belle. Pretty sane, nice horse; learned the basics quickly. After her, I graduated to a horse named Sugar, who a lot like your current project. Sugar could lead, but that was it. She was basically feral. After my experience starting her, I've developed a decent bit of know-how regarding working with unhandled horses on the ground. If you run into any troubles or have questions, just ask. :wink:
The biggest thing I learned from Sugar was attitude. You never get mad. You never get frustrated. Positive attitude!
Patience. Grass will grow a day's growth in a day's time.
Be consistant! Review constantly! Gradually add on with your lessons. Do something they know well before moving on to something new. It keeps their confidence up and makes the overall tone of the lesson happy and stress-free.
Thanks so much! Yes, I'm planning on taking it slow and easy with her. I once heard a saying, "If you act like you have an hour it will take a day. If you act like you have a day it will take an hour!" So true!
I'm really glad for this forum - if I run into anything I'll be sure to ask.
Anyone else have tips?
Pain and repitition
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