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post #1 of 14 Old 04-29-2015, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation New to horses and I have two

So, i grew up around horses but ive never started a horse. i know that there's a lot to be done and now i have two young horses that will need started this summer. i just dont know where to
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post #2 of 14 Old 04-29-2015, 07:51 PM
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Simple, you shouldn't. Find a trainer to help you or to completely do the training and give you lessons. It is extremely easy to start a horse incorrect and it is tn times harder to fix it. Spend the extra now and you'll have a better chance at a happy relationship.

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post #3 of 14 Old 04-29-2015, 08:07 PM
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Originally Posted by BarrelracingArabian View Post
Simple, you shouldn't. Find a trainer to help you or to completely do the training and give you lessons. It is extremely easy to start a horse incorrect and it is tn times harder to fix it. Spend the extra now and you'll have a better chance at a happy relationship.
I completely agree. If you don't know how to start a horse and if you are new to horses, don't try to train one. It's very easy to get hurt or do something incorrectly or dangerously if you are a newbie trying to train two horses. As a general rule, you should have TONS of experience riding and training before even considering starting a horse. Get a trainer, take lessons, because trust me, if you don't, your horse may develop extremely dangerous habits and you may get hurt, or the horse could get hurt. We don't want any of those things to happen! Training is much more difficult than people think.

Best of luck :)
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post #4 of 14 Old 05-04-2015, 03:32 AM
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I agree with what's been said. Knowing how to ride and act around horses and knowing how to train are two completely different things.
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post #5 of 14 Old 05-04-2015, 07:12 AM
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Because I'm not as young as I used to be, I prefer to send them to someone to break them!! In fact I'm getting ready to send my 3 yr old off. If you plan on doing it yourself, I suggest having a trainer work with you. Maybe not every day or week, but every so often to gauge your progress and help work out any booboos that crop up.
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post #6 of 14 Old 05-04-2015, 07:33 AM
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Welcome to the forum

I am a lifetime horse owner and trainer of trail horses. I am getting grumpy in my old age so bear with my comments, as they are well intended.

1. Hopefully you have a ton of common sense and logic as those two things will get you a long way in the world of horses.

1.1. If you happen to have children, that gut instinct and eyes in the back of your head will come in mighty handy when handling a horse.

2. Big ditto to have a trainer work with you and the horses, so you can observe and learn. Hopefully there is someone good and ethical near you.

3. PLEASE tell all of us, you don't have a stallion; that you either have mares or geldings. If either or both horses are stallions, get them gelded yesterday. Not only for your own safety but nobody with your lack of knowledge needs a stallion. This world is filled with unwanted horses from accidental and/or unknowledgable breeding, and people get hurt a lot faster trying to manage a stallion, if they don't have their horse street smarts about the,
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post #7 of 14 Old 05-04-2015, 10:42 AM
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Talk to horse people in your local area and have them suggest a experienced Trainer/colt starter for you to use. Visit theses trainers to see their facility, how they work & ask for references before selecting one.

Riding experience is not equal to colt starting/training experience. To be successful starting horses you must be able to leave your emotions behind, be a confident rider and have a strong understanding of horse behavior. Seldom is a person new to training or horses successful starting a young horse under saddle without the help of someone experienced. I have started colts for the public for over 20 years and most of my clients are seasoned riders/horse owners, but they dont start their own horses. If you are intent on being part of the colt starting process consider getting a trainer to work side by side with you.

Best of luck.
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post #8 of 14 Old 05-04-2015, 10:57 AM
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Agree with what has been said. If you want to work with them yourself get a trainer to help. Besure to check the trainer out first. Many years ago, I had started a couple of horses but I had one that was going to be more than I could do. A girl I knew from the shows told me that her and her husband both broke and trained horses. I trusted her with my horse. After 30 days I pulled the horse back. After talking with a good trainer, we left the horse in the pasture for 6 months before we restarted her. Check out your trainer, watch them, learn from them. Horses are much better when they are started right. Going back and trying to fix is much harder. Good luck!
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post #9 of 14 Old 05-04-2015, 11:22 AM
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If you are absolutely determined to do this by yourself, take it slow. Ensuring your horses and happy and healthy comes first. Since you grew up with horses I'll assume you know how to care for them and a little about their behavior, that is good.

In my mind the first two things I want to build in a horse are respect and trust. With those comes partenership. There are a million exercises and techiques to those. Do research, a lot of it. Don't believe the first thing you see. There are too many opinions out there.

What I woud do first is join up: there are a bunch of threads on here about that. You want to do some desensitizing, felxing, lunging, backing, confidence building, suppling etc etc.

Some things to keep in mind always:
- Take it slow, don't rush.
- Be forgiving.
- Never make a horse fearful of the wrong answer.
- Horses learn form the release of pressure, not the pressure.
- Read your horse, listen,
- Alow breaks and rest for a good effort.
- Reward the smallest try.
- Stay calm.
- Always end on a good note.
- Set small goals within your big goals.
- If you start of further back than you finished yesterday that is ok, so long as you make progress from where you started that day.
- Frustration will get you no where.
- Do it for the love of the horse.

I know a lot of people will tell you to sell the horses or get a trainer but every great trainer started from somewhere and you have to learn somehow. Be smart, know what you are doing and don't be afraid to ask for help.
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post #10 of 14 Old 05-05-2015, 04:56 AM
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Originally Posted by WildAtHeart View Post
I know a lot of people will tell you to sell the horses or get a trainer but every great trainer started from somewhere and you have to learn somehow. Be smart, know what you are doing and don't be afraid to ask for help.
Yeah but not many become great trainers by starting without help & instruction! And many fall by the wayside - often literally with injuries - & horses get put down as 'rogues' because they were inadvertently trained badly. Taking responsibility for the care & teaching of a fellow animal, IMO includes taking responsibility for learning well first and being... responsible about it.
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