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post #1 of 43 Old 02-07-2010, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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how to untrain a western pleasure horse?

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Just a question and would love to hear everyones thoughts on this.When a horse has been trained for western pleasure how hard is it to get them out of it ? Does anyone know?anyone done it?Tips and advise please my friend is wanting to use the horse for adult riding club,trail riding ect and she dosnt want to be loping around
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post #2 of 43 Old 02-07-2010, 06:15 PM
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You don't xD Try doing dressage with him, they are almost identical.



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People work EXTREMELY hard to train horses for western pleasure. To take a trained WP horse and want it to either go back to natural, big movements (assuming it had them before the training) is just not fair to the horse IMO.

It would be so much easier to buy a different horse that hasn't been trained for WP than to retrain a WP horse.

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yes she wants natural movements back.I know it takes alot of time to train them for it ect but she already bought the horse and is asking me for advise and I have no idear.
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I don't have any advice or tips because I've never heard of such a thing. But in reality dressage and WP are alike in so many ways.


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I don't have any advice or tips because I've never heard of such a thing. But in reality dressage and WP are alike in so many ways.
LOL me either! If someone doesn't want WP movements...they don't buy a horse trained for WP. Simple as that!

My only advice would be to sell the horse to a nice home and buy another horse that is NOT trained for WP.

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I watched her ride it this morning,she was cantering around it was so slow,shes wanting to canter normal,she kicked him on and it was like?what are you asking he was confussed,he got more tempo but wasnt a normal canter.
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I watched her ride it this morning,she was cantering around it was so slow,shes wanting to canter normal,she kicked him on and it was like?what are you asking he was confussed,he got more tempo but wasnt a normal canter.
She can kick him all she wants, chances are he's not going to give her the canter she wants, he might not even be CAPABLE of doing so. This horse could very well be BRED for western pleasure, not just trained meaning those could be his natural movements or close to them.

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yeah I know what you are saying maybe she needs an instructor to come and tell her all of this as I don't know! I just thought I would ask :)
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Good luck :)


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