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post #1 of 7 Old 03-19-2020, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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Hi, is using an older horse (monkey see monkey do) a good training method for a young horse?
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-19-2020, 09:59 AM
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It's a confidence builder. Being herd animals, seeing another do something they are more willing to do it themselves as they see it is safe for the animal ahead of them.
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post #3 of 7 Old 03-19-2020, 10:43 AM
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We broke a lot of young/green horses to the trails this way.

Once they had whoa and go perfected, they didnt need anything else as we put them behind well seasoned trail horses and off we went into the mountains, it some groomed four-lane hack in a metro park:)

Four hours of that gave them twenty hours of formal lessons in arena and gave us a whole big bunch of fun with lunch out on the trail:). They came back knowing the basics of neck reining and some backing up.

I cant speak for horses being groomed for the show ring.
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post #4 of 7 Old 03-19-2020, 12:28 PM
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Young horses can pick up traits or behavior from other horses, but I would not necessary call it training. I will occasionally use a calm, seasoned saddle horse when working young horses because it can give the young horse some confidence & assurance, but the training is done by the human.
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post #5 of 7 Old 03-20-2020, 03:18 PM
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Yeah agree it can give them confidence... Or lack of, but not really train/teach much. They aren't rational/logical thinkers enough for that,but they are 'follow the leader types. Eg. To take a youngster out with a confident & relaxed horse will make it easier for the youngster to accept & not react to stuff, and to take them out with a wary, nervous reactive horse will make them more likely nervous & reactive.
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post #6 of 7 Old 03-20-2020, 06:45 PM
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I had a young horse and sometimes I would take him out on the trails, ponying him along with me, he loved it and was even traffic broke before I ever got on him and was exceptionally good out on the trails alone because he had done it along with another horse being ponied.
I agree being with a calm horse helps but it is the training that is important as well.
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post #7 of 7 Old 03-25-2020, 07:03 PM
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My younger horse (the black QH) always "audits" when I ride the grey. She learned all her word commands by watching me lunge ("wa-a-alk", "trot-tot-tot", can-TER").

I'm sure not every horse is the same. But yes, "monkey see monkey do" might work very well!
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