01-10-2010, 12:10 AM
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By the sounds of it, she was never backed, am I right? I would personally wait until the foal is weaned to do any under saddle work with her. No reason you can't do ground work and hone in on her manners though. I think I would even leave out the round penning til you can seperate her from the foal to focus on you. The foal is her #1 priority and if you're just starting her training, then you don't want to be #2. I wouldn't recommend round pen work with the foal in there just because you don't want to stress baby's joints either, and again, you'll want her focus on you. Once the foal is a couple months old and you're able to take her away for an hour or so, then I see no problem starting some lunging and introducing tack, but you want her attention on you, not baby. Just my opinion though.
If she's already broke to ride then it's a different story.