Conditioning a young one for halter.

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    10-25-2012, 05:35 PM
Conditioning a young one for halter.

I was wondering how you get a 7 month old conditioned for showing in a halter class. I see some that are already very muscled ( yes I know some has to do with genetics) my colt has a lot of halter horses in his lines and Id like to know what you would do. Things that aren't hard on the joints. He has 25/7 turn out right now. Fed twice a day. And free choice hay and whatever grass he can find.
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    10-25-2012, 05:38 PM
When im conditioning foals for halter I take them on trail rides with me. As in I pony them off my other horse. Its also a great way to get them calm about things on the trails!
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    10-25-2012, 05:38 PM
Hah I meant 24 not 25..
    10-26-2012, 04:47 AM
I use gentil slow lunging (sp?) a roundpen would be better bc it is safe, for MOST colts, to work off their hips so cutting them back and fourth along the roundpen wall would help with his/her chest and hip along with slimming along the ribs and neck. When I have conditioned my colts and outside colts brought to me for conditioning I have always done this. Its super easy and done correctly can have some massively wonderful resullts, he/she will look like a whole new horse!
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    10-26-2012, 04:52 AM
Forgot to add, make sure the colts feet are trimmed. Not cracked or broken off due to the sharp turns on the quarters it could break the hoof if its not been trimmed up which can happen with any horse of any age, Im sure you already knew that thou. I do 10 min sessions 4X a day for the first 3 days then move up to 15mins 4X a day for 5 days 20mins 4X a day for 8 days then final step is 30 mins 3X a day for the remainder of training. Each colt being different, adjust the session length and time taken to adjust enough to move up to your colt. Only other thing I can think of right now is TROT TROT TROT! Don't lope him/her hardly at all, trotting is what builds the muscle the most.
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