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Re: RC: Re: Re: Re: Fwd: RC: I made a decision w. all your help -THANK YOU
In a message dated 3/27/00 11:30:18 PM Pacific Standard Time,
<< Why do I get the feeling from most of the posts on this subject that
training the horse to step calmly into the trailer and wait patiently while
the dividers are closed and doors closed is such a big deal? Of all the
groups of horse people, I would think that endurance riders would have the
proper training of their horses to travel safely would be a major priority.
Actually, Pat, it is not my "regulars" that worry me (because they HAVE been
trained)--it's the youngsters, the strangers, etc. I haul a lot of horses
for other people, and don't have the luxury of training them prior to travel,
so have to do things in the safest possible way. (See my previous post on
"training" and the fact that the horses we load on a regular basis will go in
or out in whatever manner I ask, no questions asked!)
As for training--on the whole, I find endurance horses in general to be a
patient but poorly trained lot. Well-conditioned, yes, but often very
lacking in training until one starts looking at folks who are serious
competitors at higher levels. I do think that this is changing as people are
realizing more and more what an important role the education part plays in
the performance. The experienced and successful riders have horses that are
well trained under saddle (most folks at the FEI level could take their
horses right into a first-level class at a dressage show or better and do a
presentable job--and some of them do!) as well as to what to expect around
camp. But a great many rank-and-file riders have horses that know nothing
under saddle except get on and go-go-go, and never think to train horses at
home to things that they will have to tolerate in a ride camp or a vet line.
Come watch the vet line sometime and see how many horses do NOT know how to
trot out in hand, for instance! And even at the FEI level--I can still
remember being utterly incredulous when short-listed riders told me that they
were concerned about their horses having to be stalled at a competition
because they had "never" been stalled, yada, yada, yada... I just wanted to
shake a couple of them and ask them WHOSE fault it was that these horses had
not been introduced to overnighting in a stall, when they have known for
MONTHS prior to the competition what the stabling would be. I personally do
not have a barn with stalls, but you had better believe that if I had a
short-listed horse, we would be making trips to friends' barns to LEARN to
overnight in a stall, long before competition time!
Yes, Pat, training IS the operative word here--but it is sadly neglected far
too often for some very basic things.
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