Breaking a 2 year old QH filly

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    06-25-2009, 07:52 PM
Breaking a 2 year old QH filly

Hi everyone I will be breaking my 2 year old QH filly if anyone has tips please tell! Thanks ~Arab123~ PS Her great grandfather is Jessie Tivio a champion horse!
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    06-25-2009, 07:55 PM
Green Broke
Find a good trainer to work with you.
    06-25-2009, 08:15 PM
Well my aunt is in love with horses she could help me.............but really we can't afford $300 for about 2 weeks!
    06-25-2009, 08:17 PM
Green Broke
How much horse experience do you have?

Just think of your horse as an investment. The solid foundation you put on her now will last forever. It'd be worth it to try and find someone that could come and help you.
    06-25-2009, 08:17 PM
What have you all done with this mare? What kind of groundwork? Has she even had a saddle on her?
    06-25-2009, 08:22 PM
Yes I have had a saddle on her but the girth was too big so it really wasnt tight. She can lunge, do halter ( like showing halter), and she is ok at picking up her feet. I am thinking about putting a saddle on her tommorrow if it is not too hot. I have been with horses for 4 years now.
    06-25-2009, 09:24 PM
Your question about breaking a two year old filly tells me that you likely don't have the necessary experience. A two year old baby is about a year too young to ride.

If you don't do this correctly you could set your filly up for life long problems. Could you get an extra job for a short time to make the money to pay for training? I'd suggest 30 to 60 days at least. Around here, it costs about $750 a month.
    06-25-2009, 10:45 PM
Well I am really under 16 so no job. My parents are letting me break her myself
    06-26-2009, 01:36 AM
Green Broke
Well, if you absolutely cannot afford a trainer, I'll give you a loose basis of my own methods:

Groundwork is absolutely key. I prefer working with foals because it can never start to soon. Before my horses are started under saddle, they behave perfectly on the ground. That means listening to voice commands and respecting my space. I can snap my fingers at my Arab mare to make her move because she's so in tune to what I may be asking of her. This is all from starting her from birth and a lot of leadline work. I ask them to move forward, backwards and away from me based on pressure, body language and voice commands. If you solidify the voice commands during basic leading lessons, it makes it a lot easier when you transition to lunge work. Once you move to lunge work, take your time and again only be satisfied when your horse is listening 100% - that means obeying whatever signal you give for walk, trot, canter, whoa and change of direction, consistantly.

After you have developed a respectful horse who listens attentively to you, you can move on to saddle work. Again, time and patience is key. Move slowly - introduce new things one at a time, and only move on to the next thing when it has been accepted completely. This could mean allowing her to get used to the weight of the saddle, and then moving on to doing up the girth when she's yawning from the saddle. Don't ever be "timid" - don't try and sneak the items on her. If she's rolling her eyes from the saddle being lifted up to her back, then stop and work on just that. If she's dancing when you do the girth up for the first time, the respect you earned during intensive groundwork should follow you. If it doesn't, you need to go back to groundwork and having her listen to "whoa" and "stand". Obviously everything should be done quietly and smoothly, just don't act scared or you're preparing for a blowup when she suddenly realizes what's going on and reacts negatively to it.

Common sense is the biggest factor. If she's acting nervous about something, don't move on to the next thing. Don't rush the training, don't allow her to flinch nervously when you lift up a saddle but then continue on to bridling anyway. Give her ample amounts of time to be not only accustomed, but completely comfortable with each new action or item you're introducing to her.

Obviously I'm sure you know a lot of this, or have done a lot of this already, but it's my own personal general guidelines. You can take everything I've said and apply it to different sequences, such as mounting and riding for the first time. Think exactly about what you want to teach her, how you're going to teach her, and what you're going to do if she gets upset. Don't just approach it with a "hope for the best" attitude, make yourself a gameplan for every training aspect so you can be prepared to deal with it. Thinking everything out will make it much easier for both of you. If she's flat out not accepting it, step back and rethink your gameplan and consider why she's not accepting it.

Anyway, hoped that helped a little. Good luck with her.
    06-26-2009, 03:43 AM
Wait a year, as she's young, and save up money (babysit, mow lawns, ect) so you can get help. Work with someone who trains horses and learn from them.

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