Post by garydeanchambers on Oct 27, 2008 15:26:12 GMT -5
I have found that Standardbred ex-race horses are the easiest to work with and it usually takes very little to go from harness to saddle. They have already been trained to listen to a handler. I recently helped a friend gun train a four year old Standardbred gelding who was not competitive enough on the track and had been adopted,. We started at a distance of about 50 feet and ended in a few minutes firing two pistols from his back with absplutely NO adverse reaction from the horse. He stood quietly through out the session as though he were a seasoned veteran. Teaching neck reining and sidepass often takes very little time. I have a 24 year old Standardbred mare that I ride and she is one sweet horse.