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Re: [RC] Trainer woes - heidi larson

According to my trainer (who is wonderful) and has trained
our 19 year old (just gelded, not broke, rescue who bucked)
trained a 7 year old mare that had very little prior
training, restarted my 12 year old and will start my baby
who is currently 11 months old (we'll start about 3-5
depending on maturity) that the only time older starts are
more difficult are when you're actually restarting (like my
gelding) or sometimes mares are a bit tougher, but
generally he doesn't seem to think it makes "much" of a
difference.  He was starting a 10 year old mare when I was
down picking up my gelding, was doing great with her and
had just put 60 days on a 10+ (sale horse/unreg.) gelding
with fear issues who was doing great.  Neither of these
horses had had prior training, clean slates.


PS - if you live in the PNW, I'll give you his name!  It's
probably not necessarily a bad thing to tell you you've
spoilt him, but only if it's true!

--- sherman <sherman@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Lauri wrote:
I am in here trying to decide if I want to send him to a
trainer who
says "he's spoilt" in front of me or not. He also said 
he'd be harder
to train , because he is 5. 
Whatever you decide to do, I'd just like to say that his
age, 5 yrs old,
isn't going to make him more difficult to train. I did
think that in the
past when I was told you gotta start a horse when they're
barely 2.
Eeeks, I wouldn't think of that now! Of the recent horses
that I've
trained, one was 8 but I thought she was 5 'cause that's
what the
previous owners told me. If I'd known she was 8, then I
wouldn't have taken the chance with her (she was a free
mustang). The
next one was 8 and I knew it.  I bought him as a 7 yr
old, had been
handled. Both these horses were pretty easy to train.

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[RC] Trainer woes, sherman