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David Genadek
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 Posted: Wed Apr 6th, 2011 05:03 pm
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMARmYbZ6DY
This is a bit silly but oh so real!!!

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 Posted: Thu Apr 7th, 2011 05:14 am
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I wish it weren't so true.

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 Posted: Thu Apr 7th, 2011 06:25 am
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Actually I think this little clip provides a good opportunity for us to join together in listing all the "beginner's errors" that we know. I'd start the list off with:

1. Choosing the horse for its color

2. Purchasing a horse with known dangerous propensities (rearing or bucking or running off) because it can be had at a bargain price

3. Papa getting a stud-horse for his teenaged daughter ("Whaddaya mean dangerous? MAH daughter kin handle it")

4. Mama getting a horse for her teenaged daughter because it's the one the kid wants, rather than the one that would be safe or appropriate for her to ride

5. Mama and Papa getting a horse for a child that is anything less than 15 years old and broke silly -- then expecting the child to learn to ride, handle, and train it when Mama and Papa are not expert themselves

6. Seeing expert work and lovely results....then being too proud to ask the expert horseman for help

7. Seeing expert work and lovely results....then being too jealous to ask the expert horseman for help

8. Committed ignorance -- which is defined as the conscious refusal to learn and practice humane and rational styles of riding and training

Of course we see all of these things every day....can others who read here add more examples? You can add an example, or else tell one brief story -- entitled "the worst instance of lack of horsemanship that I ever saw." This ought to draw out some doozies. Cheers -- Dr. Deb

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 Posted: Thu Apr 7th, 2011 08:13 am
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How about the frequently enountered young horse and novice rider (child or adult) than can 'grow up' together -  Dorothy

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 Posted: Thu Apr 7th, 2011 08:21 am
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Hello Dr Deb,

 This is not a beginners error and is unbelievable ,but true.

 I was breaking in a gelding for  man and his two adult sons when they came out to see how the horse was progressing. It impressed me when they got out of their car about midday with a bottle of beer each in their hands. [I like beer though not till later in the day]

  The horse was going very well and then dad asked if I cut horses. I thought he was referring to gelding them BUT he was referring to cutting the corners of the mouth with a razor blade to MAKE THEM LIGHT IN THE MOUTH as he did when he broke horses.

 Things got a little heated then  and I showed him a jar of Vaseline I used back then to help keep the lips soft and moist just in case they might get a little sore.

 The horse went well but did not deserve going back to those idiot blokes.

  Brenton 

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 Posted: Thu Apr 7th, 2011 12:34 pm
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At a local A&P show - in the short time I watched - 2 individual riders whipping their horses on landing for having bumped the top rail on a practice jump.

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 Posted: Thu Apr 7th, 2011 02:54 pm
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Beginner errors meaning level of competency not years involved with horses?
To me the most dangerous I see on a constant basis which this film demonstrated is the false love. A real confusion about what it really means to be nice to your horse.

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 Posted: Thu Apr 7th, 2011 06:50 pm
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How about the one "I'd better buy this horse before someone else buys it". (I kid you not!!!)

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 Posted: Thu Apr 7th, 2011 09:12 pm
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"My horse thinks he's died and gone to heaven, I take such good care of him. Every Saturday I come and bathe him."  Said of a horse who is wearing shoes that were put on him 6 months ago, whose condition score is around 2 because his teeth are so bad ("he's a TB and you're comparing him to your QH's"), and who is wearing a wire tiedown on his bridle without the tiedown strap  "to dress up his head." 

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 Posted: Fri Apr 8th, 2011 06:06 pm
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A long time horsewoman drags a neighbor's young green Arabian horse away from his herd, across hill and dale, and over a creek to lunge him in her unfenced arena, thinking to be able to use a horse without having to keep him. He has never seen her before, and is now jumping around with startled eyes while being tied to her hitching rail. When I come along and note out loud that he seems a mite nervous, she replies, "That's ok, we've left all the gates open in case he wants to run home." !

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 Posted: Fri Apr 8th, 2011 07:12 pm
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SP wrote: How about the one "I'd better buy this horse before someone else buys it". (I kid you not!!!)

Or, with poorly matched horse-human relationship:
"I can't sell this horse, no one else will take as good care of him as I do."

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 Posted: Fri Apr 8th, 2011 07:19 pm
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A link to a disasterous first-time hitch to a cart. It's amazing how much people will assume a horse should know. 

"It might surprise you what a horse is capable of..." Read in a book from a great horseman.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWn1DJ8JJps

Last edited on Fri Apr 8th, 2011 07:19 pm by HorseSpeak

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 Posted: Fri Apr 8th, 2011 07:34 pm
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What has baffled me in the past is the CRAZY (extremely risky) things people do with horses and they DON'T get hurt....the horse comes through with flying colors.

I can only imagine that it has something to do with the handler/rider's expectations and mental image of how it is to carry out. They have no understanding of what a horse is capable of and therefor have no hesitation or fear.

During heavy-horse driving classes at a local annual fair two teams of horses that had never met, let alone pulled together, were hooked up for a class. The initial hook up and driving was started in a public area that gave unrestricted access to the entire grounds (mid-way, outdoor displays, on-lookers, barn area and town streets).

My concern was that when first meeting horses don't usually greet each other nose-to-tail. All it would take to create a wreck is for a horse in front to object to having a strange horse on it's tail by kicking up storm or starting a run away.

The guy who owned the team in front did the driving. They got through the class as the sole exhibitors with minimal difficulty. Glad they got through it.

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 Posted: Fri Apr 8th, 2011 07:35 pm
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Oh lord. That poor animal.  That poor horse.   Did they think it was having fun?  How did they have the guts to continue and get little kids involved in it as well? 

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 Posted: Fri Apr 8th, 2011 07:36 pm
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A long-time horse owner rides a horse in a community parade - the horse has had no more than five life-time rides on it.


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