Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Who Are You???
So those of us who own horses MAY have the luxury of knowing history of your horse. But what if you don't??? Are you just doomed? NOPE!!!! And here's how!!!
OK, so short story. A Client of mine has owns a horse that has been passed around a bit. She's a young horse, but seemed to have had a handful of owners. Well this horse also has some really bizarre gaps in her training. Like she neck reins, side passes and spins on her large muscle bound Quarter horse ASS, but she won't canter???? Yeah there are some real MAJOR GAPS in her training. NOW Thankfully I and the owner are smart enough, that instead of just beating the crap put of the horse and forcing her to do it, we want some HISTORY on her. Where is the ROOT of the problem!!!!!
That is what I want. I can not appropriately solve any problem effectively unless I know where it stemmed from. So how on EARTH, do you track some of this crap down??? Well... if your horse is reg. than of course you can look up the owner history and then HELLO GOOGLE!!!! Google their name and use keywords, like "Suzy Q Horse" "Suzy Q AQHA" Also GOOGLE your horse REG. Name to help find out info!You will be shocked how much info you'll pull up that way. and you can do that with ANY NAME!!!
Trace your horses lines. Find out the who, what, when and where of your sire and dam. What did they do? Where they shown? Contact the breeder if you can! GOOGLE GOOGLE!! LOL!!! Find any information out you can about the parents. Any health issues in the lines??? Inbreeding? Who knows!!
Study the area of where your horse came from. Doesn't seem like a big deal right? Who cares where they came from?? I DO! I just found out that where one of my students horses came from had a TERRIBLE out break of EPM when she was living there.... THAT could be a PROBLEM!!!!
Of course you need to find out who trained your horse if possible, do NOT be afraid to call people or email them. You'll be surprised how ACCOMMODATING the people are in order to help you.
Last but not least. If you can't find much on YOUR horse, try to find a FULL-BLOODED Sibling!!!! That could help you immensely... it will at least give you insight as to personality and temperament. And Maybe the owners of your horses' sibling will know how to contact other people you can use as resources!!! I have found out A LOT of information about horses that I'm training using these tools. And it gives me a way better idea of who and what I'm working with!!!! Plus it's great if you just want to know the history of your horse.