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So here's the deal, I got my horse from my sister. When she got him, he was apparently "a great trail horse" however, she did not ride him enough and he basically spent 6 years in a pasture getting fat. I now have fatso and have been riding him for about 8 months. There are times when I ride him and things go really well, and there are times that I ride him and things go not so well. This isn't my first horse, I had one when I was growing up and rode him quite a bit. So this is my first horse that has problems. Since things weren't going so well with him I decided to take lessons and he got a lot better, as did I. But my trainer moved to france to train horses for some fancy smancy outfit over there. He is a pretty good horse he is just really onry, and would rather go back to being a pasture ornament. So my real question is should I send him somewhere and just have them give him a tune up or should I find a new trainer and try to do it myself. Things have also kind of stalled right now due to this cold Indiana winter. All I am really wanting is a good trail horse to have fun with, not really interested in shows. Our other horse is a real sweetheart with no vices I am just wanting to get him there so me and my husband can take them more places.
 

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If it was me, I think I would try to find another good trainer to help both of you learn. Sometimes, if a person sends a problem horse away to a trainer, the horse comes back perfect then as time goes on, they return to their old ways because of how they are handled or ridden. If you have a trainer work with both of you, not only are you learning how to handle and fix the problems he has but you also learn about what mistakes (if any) you may be making that is helping him be ornery.
 

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I agree with Smrobs on this one; if you can find another trainer who can help you with him.
 

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I agree with smrobs...if at all possible, at least TRY with another trainer. If after a couple months you feel you and your boy have made no progress, then look at a tune up. Consistancy is the best tune up...even if you're only riding for half an hour a day, it's repitition. Are there things in particular he's ornary about? Would you say he's green from being a pasture pet? Honestly, I think hours in the saddle and patience are going to be your best training tools here...but be sure to let us know how he progresses! Best of luck!
 

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If it was me, I think I would try to find another good trainer to help both of you learn. Sometimes, if a person sends a problem horse away to a trainer, the horse comes back perfect then as time goes on, they return to their old ways because of how they are handled or ridden. If you have a trainer work with both of you, not only are you learning how to handle and fix the problems he has but you also learn about what mistakes (if any) you may be making that is helping him be ornery.

^^^^I agree!!
 
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