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Training a pulling horse
    I am kind of new to the game of training pulling horses so I need some insight on how to train a pulling horse. We are starting two 5 year olds this fall to pull in the spring. What do you do to get a horse to set themselves to start a load? Is there things you can do at home to get them to do that? Or is it: they are able to or they are not. Do you tight tug them? Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!

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Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 02:01 PM
The simplest answer I can give is to gradually increase the weight on whatever apparatus you are using, which generally prompts a willing horse to use his body in a way that generates more force at the start. I typically tight tug in this phase, and will add an occasional swat with a buggy whip if the horse isn't getting aggressive on his own. I prefer to let the horse's natural aggression drive hom to find his start, but have had several good horses that needed a little prompting. In my experience, the start is something that needs more training than any other aspect, so it is not necessarily a case of "they either have it or not". Getting a load that challenges the horses to start, but that isn't too much, is my key to what success I've had with green horses. There's a lot of reading of and reacting to how your horses are developing.

Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 10:07 AM

While attending pulls you should watch the teamsters, teams and style of driving, and figure out whom you would best like to emulate. That is no difference than watching other sports, and trying to copy a certain batter or quarterback etc. Some teamsters like to just get in and hook, while others prefer to place the team, some are quiet while others are more vocal etc.…. Once you have done that go up to that teamster and ask for help. You will find most are more than willing to help with bringing in new teamsters, and sustaining the sport. Having someone with experience is essential for the safety of all involved, and it is easier and way cheaper to learn from their mistakes. Remember it is easier to ruin a team than it is to make one! If they don’t have the time or are unwilling ask someone else. Here in New England there are several seasoned teamsters that have helped introduce and mentor new teamsters into the sport that are doing very well. You will also find there are lots of retired teamsters in the stand that might be able to point you in the right direction, and could assist in introducing you to teamsters that are willing to help. IMHO if you take these steps and find a mentor you will be safer and have a far more enjoyable experience in the sport. WELCOME ABOARD!!!!

Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 10:12 PM
I second Rick's suggestion.

Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 07:38 PM
KK, You are more than welcome. You will never know how much I appreciate you for replying with a "THANKS". Thanks is probably the must under used word in the queens language.

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