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post #1 of 10 Old 06-04-2013, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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*What Would You Expect An 8 Month Old To Know?

My mare had a filly and I have decided to keep the filly and sell her because 1) I like taller horses 2) I don't like the mare's attitude 3) I like to run games and she just wants to canter them and not run, more of a pleasure horse.

Her filly is looking really nice and has a lovely personality.

I'm using her as a 4-h training project and for the fair in July she has to know how to lead at a walk/trot (pretty much knows), back up (working on it), Picking up feet (knows), Stand Tied (knows), and pivot (eh.. working on it).

What else would you expect an 8 month old to know?

I'm going to try and get her ground work done before I start riding her. We need to work on trailering for sure.

I know a lot of people would say let her be a baby and grow up for a few years. I would do that but I'm using her as a training project and the owner of her mom and sister didn't work with them for their first 2 years and when she did it wasn't positive work so I want Twista to get on a good note.
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-04-2013, 01:25 PM
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Lead, eat grass and run. Pretty much.

I don't know why people seem to think the horses are going to be bad if you leave them be horses. If they are out in a herd, the older horses are going to teach them better manners than you or I.
If it can lead and stand for the farrier, that's an excellent 8 month old. You can't expect a young horse to stand there like it's sedated, which I notice from a lot of people. They're like human kids. You can't sit them in a desk with no recess and expect them not to fidget and read encyclopedias for fun.
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Amen, Anebel.
If you do want to work with her as a youngster, keep sessions short and always end on a good note. 15-20 mins, max. It's super easy to push a good-natured foal that one tiiiiiny bit too far, so go into a "training" session with the mentality that you will set a time limit and end on a good note.
Get them to lead, be respectful of your space, stand tied politely for short periods, pick up all feet... Then let them go and be a horse. Nothing wrong with letting them just be for months at a time, save for checking condition and getting feet done.
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Thanks! :)

I was just out working with her for 15 min. I picked up all 4 feet, walked her around, worked on moving her shoulders over, tied her up and brushed her then let her go.
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Yep, as little as possible. Leading, tying, standing for the farrier, and standing for a bath. I generally catch mine up every few weeks for the farrier and *try* to leave them alone all the other times.

That way, if something happens and they get injured, you can handle them well enough to treat, but working with them too much can ruin an attitude and/or create a pushy monster.

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There are only 3 things I expect a horse under the age of 1 to know.

1. Lead
2. Pick up feet
3. Have simple manners (meaning-don't rear up and try to play with me, etc.)

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There is a TB farm near Lexington that has a group of moms, all former pony clubbers and 4-Hers, that play with the foals. They groom, braid manes, pick up feet, take them for walks, and drink coffee and tea and socialize.

I think that is both enough and brilliant!
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I have a 10 week old filly.

She...
- leads...including standing still and backing
- ties...alone and with her dam
- clips and bathes
- picks up all 4 feet, including for farrier
- loads and has been to 1 show where she was excellent
- easy to catch...actually she sees you at the gate and comes running for attention

We are working on flyspray. She's still iffy with that. And we'll work on walking over tarps and stuff. But other then that, at 10 weeks, im beyond thrilled with this girl.

I work on a few things a week, but honestly, I rarely put her halter on her. She is just so in your pocket...you cannot push her away.

Whatever im doing...it seems to be working... haha. ...shrugs shoulders...
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post #9 of 10 Old 06-04-2013, 09:35 PM
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By 8 months old my foal will:

Be easy to catch
Halter
Lead
Tie w/supervision
Bathe
Pick up all 4 feet
Stand for farrier and vet
Load and unload sanely
Ride in the trailer
Clip
And He'll have been to at least one show.

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post #10 of 10 Old 06-05-2013, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I like your sanely part :)

We have halter practice in a few weeks so we need to work on trailer.
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