I am wondering about the opinion of others on the subject of training yearlings. What do you think a yearling should know how to do?
My current yearling is picking up lessons as fast as I can present them to him. I find myself continually fascinated by how willingly and easily he learns.
I spend about 15-30 minutes on sessions that I vary quite a bit in consideration of his attention span. Currently, he is starting to learn voice commands (stand, halt, walk, easy, good, trot), He will free lunge at a walk and easy trot, transitioning as signaled. He will lead at a walk and trot, responding to cues. He also accepts and investigates new 'scary' objects. He loads and unloads in a trailer calmly. He stands tied and stands untied. He stands for the farrier. He backs. He stands for blanketing. He is staring to understand the cues for lunging on the line, though I'm keeping that very slow and easy in consideration of his growing state. That's all that comes to mind at the moment, but this has been in just over a month that we have worked on these things.
I guess I am just asking about this, partially to see if others think he's on par with where he should be. I am also wondering about what other things I can add in to keep it fresh. He is the smartest, most willing and calm horse that I have trained, and I'm loving it.