Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sweden - the land of carrots and apples
No, I agree that a horse behavng like that isn't a good beginer horse, and definetly not a good trailhorse. A good beginner horse will accept pretty much wrongs from the rider and still manage to figure out what it's supposed to do, or at least not get stressed out by not getting it. At least as long as the rider genuinly try to do what's right for both of them (and I believe horses sense very well if you care but can't, or if you just can't but don't care either way)
And a trailhorse shouldn't react to a puddle in the first place.
I just question why it's not helped with all that training :) Because, if you're handeling the situation right (not saying that you must do everything perfect as a beginner, the horse just might be too sensetive for your level too)it wouldn't go that far. And if the horse is helped by the trainers and work ok for a while after you got it, but then starts behaving badly again, there is definetly someting you need to learn for future experiences. And the trainers should be able to see what you make wrong and what annoys the horse if you ride for them.
If the horse just won't get over the problems at all, I'd rather blame the trainers as they're hired to help the horse understand how to behave. Sending him to a trainer for starters when you know it's too much for you, is great. Especially if you take lessons from the trainer as well to make sure the horse gets the same signals :) I did that with Crow, I wasn't a beginner but he was my first horse and we have had some problems.. the choice was putting down/selling or try a trainer. And it did wonders for both of us :)
Before that I had the trainer at home, and things worked well as long as she was there. When she wasn't, I put my weight wrong and my green horse got nervous and on it went.. So training the horse in this case helped us both since he got more accepting - but I had to learn to keep my balance and weight right to be able to keep my overly sensetive horse in a relaxed mood.
To get back to your horse.. it sounds like what he really needs is lots of experience on the trails (not the arena since he knows that already), with a rider that knows how to get him past the scary things in a calm way and realize that they wern't that scary at all. But that is way too much to ask from a beginner, especially concidering just how bad the problem is. And if you sent him to trainers to fix that problem, they failed. (unless they and perhaps others around them can handle the horse fine on the trail but you're the only one who can't..then, again, you need to learn :)
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Last edited by Zab; 09-18-2009 at 11:52 AM.