2 week training program for 3yo.

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    03-27-2012, 09:32 PM
Green Broke
2 week training program for 3yo.

I owe my parents $375 for part of my new saddle, and my mother came to me with the idea that I would ride her 3 year old for a couple weeks to pay off part of that.

We started her as a 2 yo.She has about about 10 short rides, in a small arena and riding in the pasture or short trail rides (max 1 hour).

My plan is to:
Ride in my worked up ground (arena without fence pretty much...) and work on being nice and responsive to leg pressure w/t, bending, breaking at the poll, backing up (she already does this well), moving her shoulders/hindquarters, and loping comfortably.

Do you think that's too much for a 3 year old?
I'll probably be fooling around with trotting poles and a rope a little bit.
Any suggestions?
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    03-27-2012, 09:56 PM
If she hasn't been ridden lately, I would give her a quick refresher in the roundpen and feel her out from there. If she is good to go, take her outside like you said, staying too long in a round pen makes them sticky in my opinion.
One thing I have learned is that is never too early to introduce a rope....so I am totally for that. A rope sacks a horse out as quick as anything.
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    03-27-2012, 10:01 PM
So what do I do with this rope? As I can't throw a rope or twirl a lasso, can I just drag a longe line behind me? That I have done.
    03-27-2012, 10:02 PM
Green Broke
I don't have a roundpen yet! D: And all of the corrals are waay to soppy, she was rode twice in the past month or so, and she bucked when it came to loping (hence she get's handed off to me for a while :P)
    03-27-2012, 11:32 PM
I think that's a lot to ask of such a green 3 year old that is only going to be "in training" for 2 weeks from you. My trainer would have a hard time pushing all that on such a greenie in 4-5 weeks, let alone just 2.

Some horses can handle it, some can't.
    03-27-2012, 11:55 PM
Originally Posted by waresbear    
So what do I do with this rope? As I can't throw a rope or twirl a lasso, can I just drag a longe line behind me? That I have done.
I build a loop and and sack them out with it. Rub it on their head, neck, flanks and rump. Then I will touch their legs with it, then make a huge loop put it over their head let it rub on their neck chest and front legs..let him walk through it and rub it up on his belly and flanks, then back legs and hindquarters..let him walk out of it. Don't let him get in too big of a bind but get him sacked out with it and accepting. After he is good with that I will start swinging a small loop, when he is good with that, I will start feeding slack. That noise a nylon makes feeding slack usually seems to spook one. You would be amazed how much it helps with other things....especially if you ever had a colt buck you off because of the sound of a branch brushing up against your jacket or hat while going under a tree or through brush!

I don't think it is too hard on a 3yr. Old if you are realistic on the horses mental and physical capabilities. Don't keep drilling and drilling. Make the sessions short. Teach, get a good try/effort and quit.
    03-28-2012, 12:08 AM
Green Broke
That's my training method thus far, as I have only worked with greenies, and horses with the training of greenies. I'll work until they get it/give it a good try for me (depends on the horse and what I'm asking...) and quit or just relax for the rest of the ride, or do something fun! Like go for an adventure and try to find something SCARY. :P

She rides on leg, has been riding on leg from day one, I've only rode her once before, but she's really laid back and calm, doesn't really care what you do. The bucking was just the last time she got rode and my mom got her into a lope. She gave a few big ol' happy bucks.
    03-28-2012, 10:22 AM
Not at all a 3 year old can handle that. In cutting they are on a cow getting ready for the futuritys now.
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    03-28-2012, 03:16 PM
Green Broke
Well, that pretty much what I did with my 3 year old last year, I mean, sure, I get 2 weeks for sure, but the horse isn't going anywhere, and I'm not either. I normally ride with my mom, so I can help my mom also, because she wants the horse to break at the poll nicely (along the lines of a reining horse) and that just can't be done right away.
    03-28-2012, 05:35 PM
Originally Posted by waresbear    
So what do I do with this rope? As I can't throw a rope or twirl a lasso, can I just drag a longe line behind me? That I have done.

Maybe practice throwing?

With our three year old we were roping barrels and tractor equiptment,
And dragging them behind her.

Totally helps desensitizing.


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