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i train horses for a side job. ive trained a good bit but resently i was asked about training a 5 yr old 16.1 hand QH/TB with one hell of a wild side.... the lady has had him for 3 monthes and she has done a lil work with him but say hes to much for her right now and wants me to do a 30day program with him .... she also said she wants to be able to ride him up and down public roads, other horses, etc. but i dont think the horse is goin to turn out how she wants him n thts "bomb proof" .... so any suggestions on how to tame this wild child n make him "bomb proof"?
 

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welcome to the forum aspen.this is a 5 yr old,just how much work has been done?and as many years as i've been training,i've never made one bomb proof in 30 days.youare just getting started in 30 days.
 

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^^^Agreed^^^

Have her throw down for another 60 days. 30 days will only get him wore out. In 60 you will have him thinking, and in 90 he should be on the right path.
 

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So do I
 

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I also agree. 90 or 120 days would be a better plan. I'd also add in working with her and the horse before you send him home. Nothing worse than getting one going good only to send it home and have it undone and then run the chance of it being "your fault."

As general rule, I won't take any for only 30 days. Exceptions in the past have only been for close friends, just doing the starting for them to finish or tune ups on show horses that need a finesse reminder.
 
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Agree with everyone else here, 30 days doesn't mean much....it's a drop in the bucket. Add a few more 30 days onto THAT 30 days and you've got the start of something! Also, some horses never get bombproof...we try and get them as close as possible. But some just don't have that great mind, that enables as horse to get virtually bomb proof. I think you should have a sit down with her and be very realistic with her. This horse may NEVER be able to ride in traffic down a road quietly, no matter how much training. Then again, if he turns out to be a great minded horse that was just spoiled and babied by the owner...he could do it. Just be honest with her and lay it out on the line, there are no guarantees and 30 days really means nothing in the way of training. 30 days is just the start.
 

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Set her expectations. Go assess the horse and see what his ground manners are like. If bad (as I susoect) then 90 days minimum. Also talk with her about the fact that once you get the horse more compliant you will need to work with her and the horse at the same time so you can trainer her how to advert issues and handle them as they come up.
 

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I agree with Valentina and would suggest you tell the lady up front what you think you will be able to accomplish. If there is no way you will get this horse bomb proof in 30 days your best bet is to be up front and tell her what you think you can do. I think you are asking for trouble if you don't.
 
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