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how to break a horse from cowkicking??

Started by Jessica Parker Jan 31, 2010.

Training my horse, Oliver

Started by Jennifer Lamm Jan 19, 2010.

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Started by Debbie V. Last reply by Debbie V Oct 26, 2009.

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Comment by Jennifer Lamm on October 16, 2009 at 7:36pm
Oliver wants to do more stuff than I can think of..... :) and I believe that is because we have known each other a long time and I've gone so slow with him that he is curious... and genuinely interested in me..... he seems to want to try stuff all the time... I hope I can keep up with him and all he has to teach me. :)
Comment by Ann Hatfield on October 16, 2009 at 6:32pm
For young horses especially, but for all horses that haven't had steady training, that is learned to pay attention and also be patient over several hours with their humans, short training session are best. Short can be under a minute for a foal, say for lifting one and then the other front foot. Short can be 10 minutes of leading for a weanling, walking along without barging past and without dragging. Short can be 20 minutes of leading and then longeing for a two year-old. Short lessons repeated twice a day, according to studies, train horses faster with less stress than do longer sessions widely spaced. Imagine us at a workshop where they try to cram a semester's worth of info into us in thee 10-hour days. We get tired, cranky and can't remember much of what we were supposed to have learned. Somehow the lesson appears to "soak in", as some of the Western trainers say, in between lessons. If you have to spend the day at the barn with your horse, and can't get back until the next weekend to continue the schooling, do a lesson your horse and then turn him/her into pasture or stall for a "coffee-break". Catch him up and do another session or repeat the first one to see if it was absorbed. It is easier on the human, too!
Comment by Ari on October 15, 2009 at 11:08pm
I am training my 8 year old grade quarter horse (meat pen rescue, so I'm not certain of her full breeding) for endurance this coming season.
Comment by Jennifer Lamm on October 15, 2009 at 12:48pm
Hey, this could be a really good group. Let's get it going!!

I'm going to start riding my 4 year old... so I'm going to work on some ground stuff for the next 6 weeks till my trainer comes back to town. Oliver and I haven't ever been this unsupervised before.... not for this length of time. Usually, my trainer comes 3-4 days a week to ride him. I'm gonna see what I can do with him, an hour a day to build on trust so eventually we can go out on the trails.... firstly is putting on his halter without him pulling away from me, which I will do inside my arena..... at first I have been just putting it on, dropping the lead and not asking for anything..... just BE..... just hang out and not worry that you have a halter on. I've done everything and I mean everything with him at liberty since he was 8 weeks old so the halter thing becomes a game for Oliver and he wants to bite on the rope, and play...... he is a clowny, goofy, thinks everything is a joke horse..... at first, I just had to learn how to not let him piss me off. I did training with him that Ponyboy would describe as relationship training, trust training..... and we are still in the middle of it.... previously, before I started working on this, Oliver would take the rope, purposely pulling the opposite way from me and jerking it out of my hand, which seriously, I don't want to do.... that hurts, and I'm not going to give him the pleasure of bossing me.... so I went back to roundpenning for a few months.... now I'm going back to leading so we can do in hand fun stuff, then take walks, then bareback riding, then hit the trail.... I'll keep you posted. I'm pretty boring. I go real slow because half the time I am having to work on myself, my emotions, my patience, and I don't stay brave for very long. :) Oliver is only the 2nd horse I've ever known with my other, first horse Toby being in his late 20's... Oliver is a 4 year old and it shows, LOL... I am on a one year plan right now... and I'll ride my horse on the trail between now and the time I'm 50.(if it doesn't happen, it will be because there is a reason:) and I'll keep working on it). My trainer has had him under-saddle for 2 years and has been riding him for over a year now out on trails and road. You know when you have had a horse for a long time, but you haven't posted before on a group, people might not get the whole story in a small post.... I hope I made sense on here.... just wanted to get a thread started about regular work. I'm gonna start. In southern california, finally the fires are gone, it rained a little, our fall is beautiful here and until at least next June, when it gets too hot to be outside for me, I hope to get somewhere further with Oliver. We have done alot, and we are pretty good friends, I just gotta learn better how to steer, guide him and work on trust.
Comment by Amanda Burden on July 12, 2009 at 3:26pm
Thanks for asking...I am afraid that I have been too busy these last couple of weeks and will be vacationing soon. Will get back on track later on...not good...but he seems like a smart lad. It will give him time to ponder what he has learned so far :-)
Comment by Ann Hatfield on July 12, 2009 at 2:23pm
Hey Amanda, Let us know how training your big boy is going. What seems to be working for you both?
Comment by Amanda Burden on July 8, 2009 at 8:41am
Hi Ann,
I really enjoyed your reading about your method. You sound like someone who "feels" the horse. I unfortunately don't have a good candidate. Size is a criteria here..as my guy is 17.2.5h and he is MUCH bigger than all the other horses. I can catch him now :-) My other issue is that the times I can work him..I am alone completely at the barn and don't have a spotter in case of an aciident. My ..all these things come to challenge us!
Comment by Ann Hatfield on July 8, 2009 at 1:36am
Hi Amanda,

Have you a quiet horse from which you could pony your nervous trainee? If not what you are doing sounds right. I also believe in 'making it worthwhile' to the nervous horse to go away from his friends and confront the monsters of the outer world. This usually involves food. I do not 'bribe' horses as rewards in all cases, but I do quite often. I use some care choosing which horses I do this with as some are just too oral and get pushy and grabby rather fast. One instance of treat-training was teaching my Fjord and Fjord/Belgian team to cross water in harness. The water was fairly substantial, our river in summer, and we needed to have them haul some building suppies to a bridge site. So I took each mare in turn to the river, harnessed, and a pan of oats. In my soggy runners I stood in the river and fed each two days in a row. Then I did it with the team. There was no fear of splashing in ever after that and they pulled the materials into the water, remained steady while the timbers floated downstream a bit and pulled the chains against their heels, and then dragged the material out of the river and to the site. With young horses and mules I am training for myself or others I allow them to graze for a few minutes at least once on the trail. This seems to encourage them to want to go out again and again and to keep them from wanting to rush home at the halfway point. With an energetic, fearful horse that I am schooling I do a lot of trotting rihgt off the bat. Why struggle with that nervous energy and have the horse anticipate unpleasantness? Start the first lessons with 10 minutes of rising trot, even if it is a bit wild, and strung out. After they are tired from trotting day after day, prior to their lesson, it occurs to them that starting at a walk might be better. I have done this with a number of Arabs who came to me as problems. Now these were a different situation than your horse who has never been backed; these horses had been ridden, after a fashion! Small increments of training, lots of walking, lots of reassurance, petting, praise, a steady buddy from which to pony, and treats while out all seem to help.
Comment by Amanda Burden on May 14, 2009 at 11:33pm
I am breaking a 17.2h, 5yr old 7/8TB. He has been previously handled since birth and can be led, cross tied, groomed, farriered, saddled (will be bridled shortly). He is very timid and insecure away from his herd. I have started to seperate him for short periods of time. He is the lowest on the herd pecking order and highly alert. 5 yrs old is quite mature to start the breaking/training process. Does anybody have any personal experience tips/experiences to pass along.
Comment by Lexi on October 18, 2008 at 12:13pm
I was just wondering if anyone knows what blood root is. My horse has two sarcoids, and someone said to put blood root on them. Does eveyone know were i could get it too??
 
 
 

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