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  • How to teach an 8 mo old colt to trailer load
  • What to teach a 8 month old pony

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    11-28-2012, 03:55 PM
Originally Posted by Endiku    
haha, my girl is a miniature as well. 50 pounds of brains and muscle, I'm telling you!

I have the feeling that she's going to be one of those houdinis as well... just last week I caught her trying to crawl under her corral panels to get to he friend, Jet! LOL. She made it about half way, then got stuck. Luckily I was there to save her...now I have to figure out a way to rig it so she can't get under them xD
Haha I have a Jet as well! Yeah Algerbra he would always escape I had to put an extra line of wire down low around my horse pasture to keep him in. He would get in the middle of my pond to escape being caught. And every time he got out he was so proud of himself he would run down the road prancing and braying. And I used to chase him down and it would take me forever to get him. One day I was so mad at him I was like forget I'm not chasing you this time. And that how I learned that if I didn't chase him he would come right back and put himself back up lol. He was a silly mule loads of personality I'll never forget him.
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    11-28-2012, 04:00 PM
With all of my babies the training starts right away. Teaching to halter, be caught, lead on the rope without being pushy, walk, trot in hand, pick up feet, tie, load and unload from a trailer, bath, clip and walk through some obstacles, not just up and down an arena rail and of course be touched and groomed all over. Handle every single area of them.

I never teach my babies to lunge as I think it is too hard on their extremely fast growing muscles, bones and tendons. I also never put any weight on their back other then a blanket. Far too often I think people get impatient and want to rush the weight on the back thing and more ofen then not, it ends poorly.
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    11-28-2012, 04:20 PM
I have a mini filly that is 7 months, and she leads, ties, backs, squares up, lunges (just a little, don't want to push it) stands for the farrier, loads, clips, bathes, cross ties, is desensitized to plastic bags, tarps, and people. She was in our christmas parade, and has had many children around her. This was my first foal ever, and I didn't want to have to say the words "I can't do that with her". I am so glad I have done what I have done, because she is just a dream. It was alot of work, but I had all summer to get her the way she is. When my filly was younger she got out of an 8" space under our gate. We had to put some mesh on our gate to discourage her, and also lower out gate. So far it has worked. Ha ha
    11-28-2012, 10:48 PM
Every day activities are great exposure for the young ones!
    11-29-2012, 09:09 AM
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^ this is also very true! We have a 14 month old colt named Peppin who is now out at pasture with some other yearlings until he's 2, but in the past I taught him to pony off of another horse and he would come with my on walks around the property to fix the fence. It was great for teaching him to lead, pony, and be patient all at once!
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    11-29-2012, 06:55 PM
Oh my gosh thanks guys!! I'm just trying to figure out what he knows and what we need to teach him. As of now he stands for the farrier, leads, ties, stands for vet (shots), taked dewormer, backs, moves from pressure pretty well, we've started loading him in the trailer (although he doesn't like to back out- we have a step up trailer), and we put bareback pads/ saddle blankets on his back from time to time. Also we've been introducing him to new objects. We've been taking him out walking all over our land (w/ and w/o another horse). I guess we're doing pretty good, but there's still so much for him to learn!

He used to act more like a little stud, but now he's so much more respectful and mannerly. His dam (one of our mares) is so calm hardly ever spooks and I can already tell that he's going to be like her!
    11-29-2012, 07:04 PM
Picture Time!
The first two are of him when he was only about a week old or less...
...then a little older...
...and his beautiful mother!
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    11-29-2012, 07:59 PM
What a beautiful little guy!!!!!! Love his big build and his coloring!!!!
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    11-30-2012, 08:34 AM
He is soooo cute! Nice build as well. I love palomino's I have one as well.
    11-30-2012, 01:07 PM
What a cutie, I would love to work with him!

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