Treatment Type: Training Techniques
Rated for: Argentine Polo Pony
Posted Dec 04, 2017
It is true that in the olden days of Vaqueros, the training methods were harsher than it is today. And most of us who love horses, who wants a natural relationship with our horses would balk at such methods, but today I can say that a new age Vaquero trained horse is like nothing you've ever experienced. Not everyone can do it, and it takes years and years of practice to perfect the art of training a horse up from a hackamore to a spade bit to produce a finely tuned working horse and partner.
For those who didn't know: originally from Mexico, the Vaqueros brought their horsemanship traditions to the vast California cattle ranches during the late 1700s.
With no strict deadline for finishing a horse, the Vaqueros prided themselves on investing the time necessary to train a ranch horse that was light in the bridle, maneuverable with only tiny signals from the reins to the bit, as well as agile, smart and responsible.
Personally I follow a few trainers' methods all combined, in order to achieve results that works both for my horse and myself. My horses are started in snaffle bits and not hackamores, though later on they do go onto hackamores before the spade bit is introduced. I like using Tom Dorrance methods mixed in with some Pat Parelli, Monty Roberts and even some of Clinton Anderson's methods.
If your horse responds well to something, keep it. If he learns quicker with a certain method above another, then keep it. If it's positive and benefits the relationship you have with your horse, if it builds his skills quicker because he understands it better this way rather than that way, then keep it. You don't have to follow just one method, you can mix and match what works for you and your horse.