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post #1 of 9 Old 03-22-2012, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Get it right the first time, because re-training is a....


Ugh! I am in the middle of re-training hell with my horse, and one of these days I'm going to document what all I did WRONG in hopes to keep others from this path...

But for now, I will just say:
  1. Bad training is SOOO much worse then no training at all.
  2. With no exception, shortcuts will get you every time.
Reining is exciting, as is owning a talented performance horse bred for it, but let me tell you if you DONT listen to reining veterans and/or the experts on here, and you try to rush it, or skimp on your training / trainer, you are in for a, umm, 'less then pleasurable experience', to say the least!

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It's not a rant--it's good advice.
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post #3 of 9 Old 03-22-2012, 03:36 PM
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Sometimes it takes learning the hard way for something to really "stick"...

Good luck and keep plugging away. You'll get there eventually.

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You are not alone. I'm retraining mine right now as well and I had the help of a trainer when I did all my wrongs... Lucky for me, I got a new trainer and she's helping me make things right... talk about painful!!!!

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This is why I say if you want to do reining find a GOOD REINING trainer not just a trainer. Also do not rush the first few months. My one mare was not out of the walk trot for the first 4 months of training. There is nothing better then a really really sound foundation. The better you do at the beginning the better things will come together down the road and the easier it will be all the way around.

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Thanks Corporal! You are proly right, the real 'rant' I've been keeping bottled up inside, because if it ever did get out, it wouldn't be pretty

CLaPorte: LOL If you were to ask my mom, she'd tell you ALL her boys pretty much have to do it the hard way to make it stick... very unfortunate the hard way also seems to equal the expensive way!

farmpony84: I almost wish I was the one who screwed my horse up, at least I could point the finger at myself and say 'Yup! dumb@$$ here screwed up his horse'. However, I had nothing to do with training this one. I did not have the knowledge needed to train a futurity horse, so I sent him to someone I thought did. The individual came highly recomended, and in the past had produced some fantastic reiners. 8 months later, I took home a horse that looked more like a rescue then anything, and he was oh so afraid. Most people on here would be tickled with who he is with now, our new trainer is great Both horse, and rider are progressing better then they ever have.

nrhareiner: When I bought this horse at 2.5 years old, he already had 90 days with a fantastic reining trainer down south, and he was one pretty sane horse (about as sane as a young Conquistador can be) The next 8 months were really bad, and we missed out on most of the futurity shows. He is now in a much better place.

This story is so much easier to tell sittin at at a quiet bar with a few beers.... LOL
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post #7 of 9 Old 03-26-2012, 10:05 AM
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Not sure how I missed this the first time around, but SOOOOO true. My guy has now been in retraining for 6 months. Not only are we dealing with retraining the head, but we are dealing with the muscle memory of doing things wrong. That makes it difficult for him to do it right even when he wants to! He will never be a top contender, but he sure is a lot of fun!

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Wow franknbeans, it sounds like we are going thru a similar thing... My guy started with our new trainer back in.... october! So, about 6 months LOL. He's had all kinds of issues, lately it's been lead changes...
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Mine was basically a trail horse until I bought him, took him to a very "basic" trainer for ring work.....and because I could not find a reining trainer to take him. He is a crossbred. Long story short, I wasted that 6 mo of training, an wish I had known my current trainer MUCH sooner. The horse would have had a reining start. Regardless we have still had to overcome 4 previous owners who basically did not much with him, put beginners on him on trails until someone asked him to actually DO something. Then he would act out, since he did not know what they were asking, and because he had learned that if he threw them on the ground he got a new owner.

It has been 2 years, total, much more $$ than he will ever be worth, but I have a great horse.

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