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    11-10-2009, 07:54 PM
Ahh you're typing is making my eyes go crazy, been at work since 6.30am haha, quit with the captials and everyone else will love you for it haha ;)
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    11-10-2009, 09:11 PM
^ I was just thinking the same thing!
    11-11-2009, 01:36 AM
Yep, it's kindof a fine line between cautious/aware and nervous and for a first time trainer, the line gets blurred. Relax and try not to be nervous because the horses will feel it. However, don't let your guard down even for one second cause they can feel that too and some horses will take advantage. That is something that has to be learned in time; how to be cautious without being scared, and how to be alert and ready without being jumpy. Relax but stay alert.

You said you were planning on riding one of them today. Did you get it done and if so, how did it go?
    11-11-2009, 12:13 PM
That's great that there are some young horses for you to ride. It is always good experience to ride some younger horses. Also, when you teach them something successfully, it gives you this feeling of satisfaction. Good on ye! = D

When you ride a younger horse, ride them like you would any other horse. And don't get nervous. BREATH. RELAX. ; )
    11-11-2009, 02:11 PM
Originally Posted by wild_spot    
^ I was just thinking the same thing!

I'm sorry!
    11-11-2009, 03:19 PM
Depending on how young and their size/weight, be prepared that they won't have the balance and strength of more mature horses, so they typically are much more sensitive to shifting your weight in the saddle.
    11-11-2009, 04:24 PM
If you get stuck on something (like they won't back up or sidepass) get them to make a small try at it then give them the next day off. I think they must spend all thier time thinking about it because when you get back on them they seem to get it figured out. That's been my experience any way. Let's have a progress report.
    11-12-2009, 12:30 AM
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. :]
    11-12-2009, 06:20 AM
Originally Posted by blush    
Their brains can only handle so much. :]
Soooo true! LOL. I know that through experience! = D

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