Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Alberta, Canada
When you ride younger horses, keep things interesting!
Babies have really low attention spans and if all you do is go around the arena in the same circle, they will get bored and find ways to make your ride more fun (ie. bucking, rearing, spooking, etc). Young horses need tons of different exercises to keep thier mind on the job and not on trying to make things more interesting for them. I'd suggest doing tons of transitional work (walk-trot, trot-halt, halt-canter, etc), circles and serpitines. This will keep them thinking and trying to figure out "what's my next job" instead of "what shall I do next to have fun".
If you hit a roadblock with one of the youngsters, don't try and push it. They can only handle so much and they only know so much. Chances are they don't know what your asking in the first place, either because you aren't asking right or they haven't been taught it. So don't get mad because they don't do it perfectly the first time. If they do even one small thing right, reward and move onto something different. Remember, babies get bored. So work on one thing for only a small amount of time, move on and come back to it later. Their brains can only handle so much. :]