A horse with a broken heart – Training a horse to pull weight Part 2



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  1. userunavailable3095

    August 31, 2012 10:07 pm

    Well done, sir! I'm just getting ready to start a horse who also has the reputation of having balked in harness, and I suspect the same thing. He's very slight and underweight and I suspect he's been asked too much, too soon, when he hadn't the fitness to pull the carriage. He too is very loving, and will give you his heart, and I suspect his heart is broken. I'm so glad to see she has recovered. I'm planning on hooking him with another horse to help him get fit and get confidence.

  2. userunavailable3095

    August 31, 2012 10:10 pm

    People don't seem to get it that they are living creatures, and not motors. But that is an impressive hill, and to see her pulling it so willingly for you almost brought me to tears. It takes courage for any horse to do that, but for one so small who has been taught to balk, that takes real trust and love. Bravo!

  3. lisspen123

    September 3, 2012 6:35 pm

    probably the best video you`ve produced,i hope she go`s on to do great things in a loving home,hats of to all the team at HDP you`ve shared some moments with us of horses with all sorts of problems but i can`t remember one as messed up as magic,and its because of all your skill and patience that she`ll be able to move on and hopefully put her past behind her,it make you wonder what her future would have been if it was`nt for your thoughtfulness,thanks for sharing it!

  4. barbhorses

    November 3, 2012 9:57 pm

    I don't think she wanted to stop when you first asked her too. She seemed very happy to continue pulling the carriage at a nice clip.

  5. barbhorses

    November 3, 2012 10:01 pm

    As an owner of Spanish horses, I can tell you that they are worlds apart in most breeds with how you handle them. They are so sensitive and intelligent as well as hard workers that have their own "person". I think of them like German Shepherds in a dog sense. They will give their heart and soul to their person.

  6. Leslie S

    February 14, 2013 9:52 pm

    You know, you guys seem to be skilled trainers who took on a tricky job and brought a frightened mare a long way. This video would be SOOO much more effective if you clipped out the defensive commentary. You seem to be anticipating blame for not having done more with this horse when, in fact, you have accomplished a great deal (and haven''t actually been blamed for anything). There is much to be learned – and taught – from the tough cases. Why not use that?

  7. Oakleaf700

    March 22, 2013 1:59 pm

    Is she 'forging' when she trots? . Seems that she is O.K in traffic-English country roads are now so FAST.
    Really sweet little mare. Wonder what her past was.

  8. JasperIsaLittleHorse

    April 2, 2013 12:57 am

    The more i watch your videos the more I love the way you train, I never though i'd find another trainer that was up there with Rick Gore on the "We are the horse's only hope, everything we do effects them so we have to do it right for the horse" scale. It's fantastic. Thank you so much for your videos!

  9. Melanie Bunnell

    April 13, 2013 7:15 am

    How do you handle a Herd bound horse? I love to take my STB out alone but he wants to return home to his buddy, and is hard to keep straight and forward.

  10. outlawsue

    April 23, 2013 5:11 am

    Love Love Love the change in her confidence from the first video to this one!!! What a sweet little mare!!! Am totally addicted to your video's! Keep them coming!!!

  11. NomNomPony

    June 30, 2013 3:34 pm

    Just listening to the way you praise horses says volumes. My Arab cross is similar to Magic- very loyal, willing horse who wasn't treated with enough understanding. Most people, for some reason, have trouble reading a horse like that. I'd trust him to you in an instant. I sure hope you have some apprentices who are learning to look at horses the same way you do!

  12. HatashiLuvsU

    December 27, 2014 7:20 pm

    How sweet! What a nice training exercise, you could see how much she was trying and how willing she was. Brought tears to my eyes, thanks for helping this little horse out.

  13. ShannonTheRiver Jellyfish

    March 15, 2015 11:43 pm

    Now this is absolutely brilliant. Everything about kindness is beautiful and can take alot of work to get a horse to trust and really put effort into their work all because of some people that hasn't got the heart to do things right in the first place due to it being so easy to just force a horse to do things if it's harsh bits, spurs, whips that get used too much / get used in the wrong way or even using barbaric methods like you see with people that get them horses to walk and trot and really lift their legs up high from the moment they touch the ground because they have had harsh chemicals put onto the bottom of their legs. Or even leaving their heads strapped down tightly to their chest to make them look good in an older method for dressage. People that take the time to give a horse a chance really deserve the effort the horse gives them. Well done to everyone out there that will take the time with their horse instead of using force and abuse.

  14. Monica Franklin

    March 19, 2015 4:28 pm

    Poor Magic. She looks about 25! So tired! Not Barry's fault. Just what he said, she has had a hard time. Rolly and that Shire Quest were awesome.

  15. Elizabeth Thomsen

    June 16, 2015 4:04 am

    If I were a horse I would want to belong to this man! I've watched this channel for years and I love it!

  16. Paula Russell

    May 22, 2016 3:45 am

    Just wow! You are so awe inspiring, I teared up at the end as you gave her back her heart an courage to know she could it it.

  17. Brooke Nelli

    March 31, 2017 7:55 am

    What a beautiful nature she has, and so forgiving. It's awesome to see you guys giving this little mare what she needs to thrive again!

  18. Fran Looving

    September 15, 2017 9:32 pm

    I don't think those cars even know how lucky they are that they are around Barry Hook and his expertise with a horse and carriage. I wouldn't feel ok driving past a horse and carriage except Barry Hook driving the horse. Clearly I've seen some scary things that have scarred me! Thank you for being professional, kind and smart. These horses thank you too.

  19. Annieke Koegelenberg

    June 7, 2018 11:40 pm

    The way you talk about this horse is just amazing, the softness and kindness really seem sincere like you are talking to a grandchild.

  20. lynda cheeseman

    March 4, 2019 6:08 pm

    Aww bless, hope her owner treats her with the respect she deserves.. shame she couldn’t stay with you.

  21. Grey Witch

    April 23, 2019 4:13 pm

    I so wish I could send Ricky to Barry. He's been so badly treated in the past that he spooks or shakes. His poor little head and nose is a mass of scars.

  22. Rainbow color gabby girl

    April 25, 2019 12:27 am

    If I was a horse a would kick and buck and rear up cause I wanna be wild and free either that or live in a nice big barn with yummy food and kind sweet owners

  23. Lynne Huff

    August 5, 2019 5:11 pm

    Going over a highway like that scares ME. It is amazing and wonderful that Barry trains his horses there, and that they take it in stride like eveything else he teaches them. I think he is a true master. Very entertaining, too. Much to be said for his kindness and consistency.Thank you for posting these videos.


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