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post #1 of 4 Old 03-18-2010, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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Have you tried CA Riding With Confidence series?

If so, did you find it helpful? Is it helpful for gaited horses? My horse is a good boy, I was just wanting to improve on us some. Any advice you have on that series would be greatly appreciated...good or bad. I wouldn't want to cause myself or my horse problems. Also, I think the series requires about 15 days of ground work before you ever get in the saddle, can I work on the ground work from the series and still ride him like normal until it's time to incorporate the ground stuff into the saddle? I really don't want to give him 15 days off, without being rode at all.
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post #2 of 4 Old 03-18-2010, 01:37 AM
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I don't know anything about that series but I have tried out books from CA before and I'm not really a huge fan...
Maybe I wasn't implementing the exercises correctly (most likely part of it) but I felt like his method was more about dominating the horse and less about having a give and take relationship... I'm sure there are some people who need their horse to respond unquestioningly the first time they ask for something but I'm not one of those people.
I'm a firm believer in building a horse's trust in you as a leader and then being able to ask anything of the horse and get the response you need because the horse wants to behave for you. I just felt like he was correcting problem behavior by creating sort of a (on the horse's part) "oh gosh! I better do what this person says or I'm going to be run into the ground" environment for the horse. I prefer a more low-key, peaceful approach and I get results too, but I know not everyone has that ability.
In any case, I'm going to a CA clinic in a few weeks and maybe that'll enlighten me. =)

Do you have a trainer that can help you out if you need it? I'm not a huge fan of following one big-name trainer religiously, but that works for some people and their horses and I'm totally for doing what works.

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post #3 of 4 Old 03-18-2010, 10:47 AM
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Never tried the series but Ive seen his colt starting and a ton of other episodes. He isnt harsh to my eye. He only uses the force necessary. He is easy to understand, it works, and the accent is a nice plus. ;)
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post #4 of 4 Old 03-18-2010, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input Wallaby and Crimsonhorse. I definetly don't want to be overly aggressive in my training with Major, it doesn't take to much to get him overly worried about people. On the other hand, I give him way way more love than any sort of discipline, so I feel like he does trust me. I have spent lots of time with him on it. I did send Major to a trainer at one point over his severe fear issues and mounting issues (also related to his fear)...she is a terrific trainer (she worked with us both), but she lives an hour away and in order to enlist her help, I'd have to take him to her and leave him and just come out every day. I don't want to do that unless something comes up that I CAN'T handle. I did hire a riding instructor. She came out for the first time today, but I'm posting another thread about that. I'm still unsure about the Riding with confidence series...so any more input is welcome, both negative and positive.
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