Ranchers.net Bull Session

training help,

Stories and questions about our best friends.
zlp1981
Member
Member
Posts: 6
Joined: Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:29 pm
Location: Gillette. Wyoming

training help,

Postby zlp1981 » Wed May 29, 2013 9:37 pm

Hello. I have a four year old. Mare that I bought about two and a half months ago. She got hurt so I havent been able to ride her alot. She has only had about 5 rides on her. The last ride wa this weekend. We went to a barrel race and I took her to give our barrel mare some. Company. She hadnt been ridden for a month or so before that. She did great. But I am having trouble with her turns. I have never trained a horse before. Any help would be appreciated.

User avatar
Silver
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 5060
Joined: Wed Mar 23, 2005 9:51 pm
Location: BC

Postby Silver » Wed May 29, 2013 10:42 pm

Do you mean you've only put 5 rides on her or do you mean she's only ever had 5 rides total in her life? Because that's not very much.
If you don't have your horses head you don't have much. They need to be soft in the face, to give to the bit, to collect and that takes some time. Until you get that they'll just blow right through their shoulder.
I know a grand total of zero about barrel racing, and this is free advice so take it for what it's worth :wink: but a good exercise for a horse is to start by walking along a high fence at a steady rate. Pick up your direct rein (fence side in this case) and slowly turn her head towards the fence. The instant she commits to the turn release the rein and let her finish it on her own and then continue down the fence in your new direction. If you keep doing this you will get to release earlier and earlier in the turn and she will also develop a nice roll back. As she gets it you can pick up the pace.
Don't know if this helps for barrels or not but it's a good foundation exercise.

zlp1981
Member
Member
Posts: 6
Joined: Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:29 pm
Location: Gillette. Wyoming

Postby zlp1981 » Thu May 30, 2013 5:10 pm

She will be my ranch horse I just took her as a companion horse to the show. Thank you for the help and she has only had 5 rides ever

User avatar
Faster horses
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 27779
Joined: Fri Feb 11, 2005 12:21 pm
Location: SE MT

Postby Faster horses » Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:58 pm

How long have you lived in Gillette? There are a lot of people there who could help you. What Silver suggested sounds good to me. After all, if
they can't turn slow, they can't turn fast. :wink: There is quite a bit to it, like disengaging their hip so they can't run off. Hopefully your mare is safe and sane and you'll learn a lot! Good luck!

Another little trick is to tie their head around to the saddle for a bit until they give to the pressure. But I think you should have someone there that understands it before you try it. You can tie their head to their tail too,
just make sure it's not tied to tight or too loose. And don't leave them very long. Lots of times people leave them all afternoon like that. Not a good idea IMO.
"All the Democrats know how to do is lie and “forget.”--Trey Gowdy

User avatar
Silver
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 5060
Joined: Wed Mar 23, 2005 9:51 pm
Location: BC

Postby Silver » Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:36 pm

Faster horses wrote:Another little trick is to tie their head around to the saddle for a bit until they give to the pressure. But I think you should have someone there that understands it before you try it. You can tie their head to their tail too,
just make sure it's not tied to tight or too loose. And don't leave them very long. Lots of times people leave them all afternoon like that. Not a good idea IMO.


The version of that that I do is to tie the bridle reins behind the cantle forcing the face into a nice collected position. Sometimes this does take a good portion of an afternoon. A horse may fight it for awhile but eventually comes around. This can be pretty stressful for them but they do work their way through it and figure it out. In time they will be standing quietly nice and collected.
I like it because the only pressure they get is pressure they put on themselves, and they aren't getting a bunch of other pressures thrown at them to overwhelm them.

Denny
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 5608
Joined: Thu Feb 10, 2005 3:21 pm
Location: Mn usa

Postby Denny » Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:07 am

We've got a neighbor kid who'll put 30 honest days on one for $250 thats my idea of training.
If your dreams don't scare you there not big enough!

User avatar
Silver
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 5060
Joined: Wed Mar 23, 2005 9:51 pm
Location: BC

Postby Silver » Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:39 am

Denny wrote:We've got a neighbor kid who'll put 30 honest days on one for $250 thats my idea of training.


That's by far the best way to do it!

User avatar
S.S.A.P.
Member
Member
Posts: 859
Joined: Thu Feb 10, 2005 11:04 pm
Location: Saskatchewan

Postby S.S.A.P. » Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:29 am

You are not to far from Peter Campbell - check his clinic schedule, looks like a couple in your area. Even auditing the clinics are a great help. His or Buck Brannaman's DVDs are a good source also ... good luck and have fun.

http://www.petercampbellhorsemanship.co ... an/node/11

PS: check youtube for video instruction - there are clips available from keen horsemen/woman on there also.

User avatar
Faster horses
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 27779
Joined: Fri Feb 11, 2005 12:21 pm
Location: SE MT

Postby Faster horses » Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:03 pm

Denny wrote:We've got a neighbor kid who'll put 30 honest days on one for $250 thats my idea of training.


I'll agree IF I know he's kind, careful and doesn't have a huge ego. :D
"All the Democrats know how to do is lie and “forget.”--Trey Gowdy


Return to “Horses & Dogs”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests