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.
Originally Posted by ChiefFritzGalaxy View Post
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!!