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post #1 of 9 Old 03-19-2014, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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I must be Insane

It didn't seem so crazy at first. It started off so innocently, adopting a yearling mustang colt to gentle and bring along. I'd never had a horse this young. He was so much fun though; I had a blast doing all of his groundwork. Then came the mare who had been adopted from the same event and found herself in urgent need of a home. It didn't seem so crazy to take her in. After all, I knew that she was in many ways more sensible and easy going than our colt.

Somehow it didn't quite add up in my mind that I would be bringing along two greenies in more or less the same time frame. For someone who has never done this with even ONE horse, I often find myself wondering how I wound up bringing along TWO. Fortunately I have been blessed with experienced trainers to guide me along the way, and with two young horses who are incredibly smart and good-natured (even if they do have their stubborn streaks). While I sometimes feel a little in over my head, I also feel capable and confident as a rider of 15+ years who has ridden all sorts of horses in all sorts of situations. I have faith that both of these horses will become absolutely incredible riding partners for many years to come. They will be the sort of horses that other riders will envy because they are so reliable and trustworthy. They will be the sort of horses that I can take anywhere and do anything with, the sort of horses I can trust to take care of less experienced riders (while still challenging them to become better riders). I can see the makings of all of this in both of them.

Nevertheless, while simultaneously working on one greenie's "brakes" (he doesn't halt very promptly) and the other's willingness to canter in an organized manner, I sometimes question my sanity and miss the days when these were automatic things with the more experienced horses I would ride.
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post #2 of 9 Old 03-19-2014, 01:29 PM
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It may be good to take a break and take some "you" time. Get a lesson here and there on an old school master. It can only help your own horses.

Congrats on doing so well with them :)
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Could you message me what kinds of training you did with your horses because I bought a foal to bond with and raise to train and ride myself. I don't want to send him to a trainers, I want to do this on my own but I can never find training guidelines that seem to bring successful results.
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Glad it is going well.

I ride quite a variety of horses. So, I wasn't really surprised when I chose to buy a well-broke one that I can just hop on and do, or try to do, just about anything.

A friend of mine rides green polo ponies for a living. If they get going well, they are sold. Her personal horses are both over 20 and she really appreciates them.
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Eolith, I have no doubt that they will both end up wonderful riding partners but I understand completely where you're coming from.

Greenies are challenging and fun to ride. It's incredible to watch them catch on to what you're asking....but there's just something about having an old broke horse that you can just hop on and go for a ride without having to worry about schooling things or "what are they going to spook at today". LOL.
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It may be good to take a break and take some "you" time. Get a lesson here and there on an old school master. It can only help your own horses.
You definitely have a valid point. It would be beneficial to ride a school master and keep the finer points of my riding skills honed. Of course, I never feel like I have enough time to keep up with riding these two greenies and bringing them along like I should be, so I feels hard to justify taking time that could be spent schooling them and spending it on another horse.


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Could you message me what kinds of training you did with your horses because I bought a foal to bond with and raise to train and ride myself. I don't want to send him to a trainers, I want to do this on my own but I can never find training guidelines that seem to bring successful results.
I drew on years and years of personal experience and the knowledge and experience of others while training my horses. I don't subscribe to a single trainer or a single method, but rather do whatever makes the most sense to me. In your case I would really suggest surrounding yourself with other knowledgeable horse people. Even with all of my hard work, I was never alone while training.

When I adopted my yearling, I had a friend who had gentled several other mustangs mentor me and help us through "sticking points". Once he was gentled, I moved him from her barn to a larger lesson barn owned by an incredible lady who had done just about everything: breeding, training, showing, teaching. She helped me refine some of my ground work and offered guidance whenever I needed it. Finally we moved to another barn where a trainer worked with several of the horses. After watching her ride and taking some lessons with her, I had her help me with starting him under saddle.

It sounds like you really want to have a strong bond with your horse. Getting a little help along the way won't threaten the creation of a strong bond though. In fact, as long as you're receiving the right guidance and advice, it will only strengthen the bond that you have with your horse. It's a pretty incredible feeling to come so far with a young horse. Good luck with yours!!
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Eolith, I have no doubt that they will both end up wonderful riding partners but I understand completely where you're coming from.

Greenies are challenging and fun to ride. It's incredible to watch them catch on to what you're asking....but there's just something about having an old broke horse that you can just hop on and go for a ride without having to worry about schooling things or "what are they going to spook at today". LOL.
yeah, but there's nothing quite like it when those old broke hoses are ones you made yourself.
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LOL, that is so true.
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Good luck!!!
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