Helping rescued horses find new careers and homes.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Hunter -- 09/27/08
Today was the best training yet! Hunter got a stud chain around his nose and we did whoa and go. It added just the right amount of pressure and after a few minutes he was great. He got the English saddle and he was just fine on that too. Scott tugged on the saddle and did some moves where he grasped the saddle and kind of bounced as if he would mount. Hunter was curious but quite calm - his usual demeanor. Then he got lunged with the stud chain and saddle on the off side. He understood whoa so well. He was a dreamboy in the field, too, while in hand. And best of all, I think there is a family with two preteen girls who want him. Oh happy day!
Untrained or unhandled horses are almost impossible to sell to good homes. These horses typically end up at the auction houses and are sold for cents on the pound to the meat buyer. If these horses were just given time and training they could find good homes instead, where they would be useful and cared for.
The sole purpose of this online journal is to chronicle the training and rehabilitation of the rescued horses that end up here at Horse Haven Holler. This is mainly for my own record, but may also be useful to any potential adopters.
I do not claim to be the best trainer or to know it all. I simply use the knowledge that I have picked up over the years from other trainers and riders that I have worked with. I don't use special gadgets or carrot sticks. Combine that with a little common sense and I usually end up with happy and ridable horses ready to move on to their new homes.