10-06-2010, 01:54 PM
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Agreed, I can't imagine riding him right now, let alone racing him. His legs are still long and lanky, probably doesn't help that his chest is still narrow. But on top of all that his back and legs are still growing, I don't want to stunt his growth! Not to mention his mentality, how immature and young he clearly is. I have never owned a horse this young. I've worked with a few babies and even broke a couple standardbreds and one welsh. But i've never owned a horse with such little training. I honestly don't even think he's ever had a bath. He was bred out of two track thoroughbreds, but he was never personally trained to do so. He's very relaxed and sweet. You can tell he doesn't fully trust people, but he wants to. He comes running up everytime we go to see him and as long as he has grain or is haltered, he'll let us do pretty much anything. He doesn't understand why I want him to pick up his hooves and he fights me for it back. He's not in any way mean or rude, he's just unaware. I go out and see him twice a day and each time it's clear he's opening up more to us. I need to work on a few things, so i've been writing a goal list and what I plan on working with first. Any ideas on these?
-he absolutely does not crosstie, tips on teaching him?
-doesn't understand picking up his hooves, he picks it up almost right away but then gets extrememly uncomfortable and appears unbalanced and starts walking away. (i have a few ideas, but I want to try and do everything 100% right the first time as he's still young and learning. We're in no rush)
-teaching him to trot. He doesn't hant trot, doesn't lunge. I used a whip (very lightly, or no touching at all) and he occasionally got to trotting in the round pen, but it was a serious struggle. He just walks and walks and walks.