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post #11 of 19 Old 12-02-2012, 09:57 AM
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My two year old is the sweetest thing in the world. She has the temperament of a 22 year old, learns EXTREMELY fast, etc.

Every time my trainer comes out to do lessons he always reminds me how well mannered she is.

Faith and I were in the arena one day I was just sitting on her, and I was just thinking 'Gee I wonder what she would do I if I just squeezed with my left leg and leaned my left rein against her neck....' and she started to do a pivot! Both sides! Shes very smart and I'm very lucky to have a horse like that, I know many other young horses who are just nuts.

Just depends on the individual horse, etc. It also depends on the person who handles it, if your going to be hyper then the horse will be hyper, if your going to be calm then that will wear on the horse.

Remember its like nuts and bolts. If the rider is nuts, then the horse bolts!

Also not trying to pick up the past or anything, but didn't you have a thread about a yearling that would rear, etc.? If so (and if this that same horse) I suggest getting a trainer soon, it sounds like the horse might need it.

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post #12 of 19 Old 12-02-2012, 10:15 AM
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Most young horse test the waters a little. They are trying to find out where they fit into their herd as an adult and push boundaries to figure that out. Babies are usually really willing. If you are patient with them and consistent in how you ask, most want to please you.

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.
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post #13 of 19 Old 12-02-2012, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Oldhorselady View Post
Be patient and calm....sing or laugh. Don't get caught up in anger and frustration. You'll end up in an arguement you won't win and the horse won't respect you.

Rookie said it too where you will just think you made it over the hurdle,then BAM!...another test from the horse. Stick with it and be consistent for many more years.
That's exactly it, I used to get so frustrated while working/training the horses. Some of their antics were just too much.The simplest solution I found was playing music! I just sang along to the music while I was working with them, and never got frustrated. Just stayed calm and kept working :)

As for the 2 y/o thing, it's their time to be figuring out who they are in the herd, they're going to continually be checking and trying. Even if they know the right answer they're going to try the wrong one a few more times to see what that earns them. I got lucky my two year old was a nasty little brat for the past year, turned two ad has been rocking ever sense! You just have to work within their attention spans so as not to set yourselves up for failure, that span will increase with time.
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post #14 of 19 Old 12-02-2012, 10:41 AM
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I'm a lucky one too...my now three year old has been easy peasy. Not sure if it's the draft in her or not. Although she is so good, I always have in my mind still to be prepared if she is not. Maybe it comes from me being a mom of human teenagers too! Snickers is a very willing and uncomplicated horse. She probably had a brief tantrum that lasted a second a handful of times and then never again. Just tests, I believe, of our pecking order. But, they are all different. You can't change their personality, but can change them to redirect their energies....if they are one of those energetic types that have their minds constantly trying to figure out what they can do next to keep things interesting and test everything. It takes a lot of patience, time and persistence. I've had one of those TB's. He was a wonderful, comical guy....kind of similar to Snickers, but also seemed to have ADHD, was slick in his thinking and needed constant reminding that he was not in charge. He was like this not only with humans, but his equine pasture mates as well. If he wanted to play, you were going to play whether you want to or not. He would irritate a little donkey in our pasture until he played. Donkey was not interested, but TB would keep nibbling his butt until he moved. When the donkey moved, bucking the whole time, TB would just keep it up chasing him...that was the game. Even the few other horses in the herd he would do similar things to. And if you weren't the 'leader' type of human, he would just run circles around you with his antics. He was a drama king and very much like a human Dragqueen maybe? LOL.

So, you have to adapt to the horse type you have really. This TB would not ever be one of those 'stand still all day without getting into a lick of trouble' type horses. But he was always so much fun! Tons of stories.
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post #15 of 19 Old 12-02-2012, 10:44 AM
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Just an added note...this TB horse I adopted as a retired from the track four year old. He was much more laid back then.....it was when he hit is fifth and sixth year that his personality came out in full strength.
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I agree with old horse lady. My now four year old spent his three year old season polishing his halo and being perfect. Turned four (also go sold, it did not work out, he came back) and turned into a pushy brat. Very mouthy, and hates circles. You have tides.
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post #17 of 19 Old 12-02-2012, 12:32 PM
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I agree with old horse lady. My now four year old spent his three year old season polishing his halo and being perfect. Turned four (also go sold, it did not work out, he came back) and turned into a pushy brat. Very mouthy, and hates circles. You have tides.
Hopefully, it is a teenager stage and he will settle.

My OTTB was supposed to be my daughter's eventing horse. He was too much for her with his antics and she became scared of him. I could handle him fine and he had solid ground training and under saddle basics. However, me being an 'old' horse lady...didn't want something with surprises and personality under saddle. I like my guys slow and quiet. If this horse would have stayed with me, even though he was loved and enjoyed tremendously, he wouldn't have the useful life he deserved. Even if I sent him away to be trained and he was brought back, he needed a rider to use him for what he was....a true athlete. So, I donated him to a sporthorse training center, where he was trained professionally. He was doing lower-level dressage and jumping, as well as, being taken to the mountains for over night trail rides and was wonderfully successful. He went to a hunter jumper home where he will be used as such. He needed a job, a job I could not give him to keep himself entertained mentally and physically. Sometimes you have to be real with the type of horse you have with what you intend on doing with him.....it's not always easy.
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They seem to go through a rebellious state every 2yrs until about 10 is what I've learned. How long the rebellious part last depends on their nature and how you handle it. It can be quite short (as in a couple days) or last the rest of their lives. This is where experience really comes into play, an experienced trainer can handle it so quick and naturally they might not even notice. A tyro can end up ruining a horse by handling completely wrong if the horse isn't the forgiving type.
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post #19 of 19 Old 12-02-2012, 12:45 PM
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Gracie was a wonderful two year old. Now she's a snotty four year old, haha. Just depends on the horse. Part of Gracie's problem is I don't get out there very often anymore so she just sits and is a horse, lol.
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