I’ve Got Equine Issues — 5 Comments

  1. I was raised around horses with a Cowby Uncle. He has broken and shown horses for years. My oldes daughter took a liking to them about 7 years ago so she bought one with her earnings from selling her 4-H steer. Well, needless to say it went bad…very bad. I always insisted on riding him first just to workout his mischief. About the second week I ended up with a concusion and very very sore body. I didn’t feel like our lives or physical well being was worth it…we got rid of him at a bargin price. Uncle says that in order to keep your horse broke well you must ride it at least a couple hours a day, several days a week. I know I don’t have time for that and it wasn’t a priority. No matter how much training they have, they will go back to their old ways if you don’t ride them a lot. Good luck and I hope it all works out for you.

  2. We are partial to Clinton Anderson ourselves. He seems to explain what he is doing whereas Parelli just says “See what I can do!” If you get RFD TV where you are, they show a lot of the horse trainers’ shows, might be worthwhile. Monica is right, the best horse is one that gets used several times a week for several hours at a time. Good luck!

  3. If you’re new at horse training, I’d highly suggest getting help. Find a reputable trainer in your area & see if they’re open to giving lessons (make sure the trainer knows you want them to work with you & the horse together). Start with basic ground work & keep taking lessons til you’re comfortable riding by yourself. I did this when I bought a horse as a yearling. It was great- Mel would come out one day a week for an hour & teach both me & the horse. Then I’d practice that for a week & if I had problems, I could ask her about them in our next lesson. It wasn’t cheap (I think $35 a week), but it was definitely worth it.

  4. Out of high school, I majored in Equine Science and then went on to ride professionally for a couple of years. Though I don’t train anymore, I ride my own horses quite regularly and learning the mind of the horse is one of my biggest passions in life.

    Not all horse “trainers” are created equal. I have ridden under many different people, and was pretty much one big ball of frustration until I met someone who worked with the horse’s mind instead of just his body. I ride with Peter Campbell (www.petercampbellhorsemanship), who was a student of Tom Dorrance. Peter travels the country doing horsemanship clinics, and if you happen to be close to one, it is THE best thing you can ever do with your horse.

    If you can’t get to one of his clinics, then I would suggest finding a clinician who studied under Ray Hunt or Tom Dorrance. In my opinion, their method is really the only way to work a horse. Sure, many other people can “get things done” with a horse, but it’s not the same as working with the horse’s mind. And if you are just starting out, why not start with a good foundation instead of having to relearn later?

    But good luck on your adventure! And thanks for sharing with the Barn Hop this week!

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