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post #11 of 14 Old 02-17-2015, 10:13 AM
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What a good looking horse!

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post #12 of 14 Old 02-17-2015, 01:31 PM
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There is no love like that towards your first horse. Ok. Maybe your children.....

Have a great time. Read everything you can, watch people who have horses that you want your horse to be like, and ask questions. Just be prepare to wade through the 50 answers that are different!
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post #13 of 14 Old 02-17-2015, 07:31 PM
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Congrats!! You did the right thing. Getting your own horse makes learning less stressful if you take the time to know your horse and he's a good one (patient and forgiving). Now that I've had my horse for a year, I completely trust her which makes learning easier. I'm improving much faster in my lessons as a result. Make sure you mix ground work with under saddle work, and desensitizing work with sensitizing work. It's the best way to avoid behavioral problems and have a real partner in your horse. He's gorgeous by the way!
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post #14 of 14 Old 02-17-2015, 07:47 PM
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Congratulations, he's beautiful!

One tip I have - I can't tell for sure if you've just draped his reins over the rail in the picture, or if they are wrapped around the rail - if they are tied, never tie a horse up by the bit, if they spook they can seriously injure themselves.

As for neck reining, you will most likely come to love it and it's easy to learn - I bet there are even Youtube videos on it!
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