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    09-05-2009, 08:25 AM
  #1
Yearling
Breaking Babies

Oh lord, if there is something I HATE its breaking babies.


Soooo my yearling filly came in a couple days ago. She's actually small, but a great looking filly! So im happy, my mare has thrown two small, BUT GREAT looking fillies.

Anywho she's doing really really great. She was put in crossties for the first time yesterday and was wonderful, so we put a harness on her. Most horses tuck their butts or start kicking when you lift up their tails to put a crouper on, but she didnt. She stood like a champ. No problems. So we took her out walking around the grounds to get used to all the sites and sounds and having the harness on her. She was great, no jumping and startling at anything, walked great, yelled to horses, very good.

Today we start bridle and bitting her back so that monday we can line drive her. We hope to have her hooked to the cart by the end of next week, and I can assure that if she stays as good as she has been, it will be a piece of cake. I've never had a baby break this easy.

ONLY ONE PROBLEM- she was turned out at a farm to wean from mommy. Well those dum dums werent thinking and were not only turning her out with a baby the same age, but STALLING her with it. So not only did she break her bond from momma, but now she's bonded with another horse. So towards the end of her stay there they started putting them in separate stalls.... and guess what. My filly went ballistic and started climbing the walls. Now this has turned into a big problem. We have to get her to stop! We only have half doors where we are so we had to attach a stall gate at the top so she couldnt climb over the door. I was hoping after a few days of breaking and getting energy out of her that she will calm down and stop.... BUT, does anyone have any other suggestions??
     
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    09-05-2009, 09:31 AM
  #2
Trained
Turn her back out untill she's three years old before you start expecting her to do work.
     
    09-05-2009, 05:16 PM
  #3
Weanling
Well for a start keeping her entertained and working on her training is definently smart. The more she has to do and the more she bonds with you the quicker the bond will break with the other horse.

Also instead of just keeping her stalled alternate stalling with turn out's. This will keep her from constantly being bored in the stall.

You also said she did well cross tied. If she continues to be calm in ties but mad in her stall perhaps you can rig up a set of cross ties in her stall. Then until she calms down you could cross tie when she in her stall, just a thought, not sure how well that would work.
     
    09-05-2009, 11:15 PM
  #4
Yearling
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
Turn her back out untill she's three years old before you start expecting her to do work.
all STB racehorses are broke as yearlings. They start racing at 2. That's not going to happen.

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Originally Posted by Pidge    
Well for a start keeping her entertained and working on her training is definently smart. The more she has to do and the more she bonds with you the quicker the bond will break with the other horse.

Also instead of just keeping her stalled alternate stalling with turn out's. This will keep her from constantly being bored in the stall.

You also said she did well cross tied. If she continues to be calm in ties but mad in her stall perhaps you can rig up a set of cross ties in her stall. Then until she calms down you could cross tie when she in her stall, just a thought, not sure how well that would work.
there is no where to turn out there, but she is getting TQ powder in her small amount of feed to keep the edge off. She has a set of crossties in her stall, and was out in the ones in the isleway today. I do have to say, she is completely broke to them already. She has a jolly ball to that she plays with a little.
Today we did some bridle and bitting....heh... she was ok with the bridle but when we tired back the bit, she freaked. She hated the feel of its pull. But she will just have to get over it. Takes time. But she was a lot calmer in the stall after working a bit. She got tired today.

Thanks for the reply pidge
     
    09-05-2009, 11:20 PM
  #5
Weanling
You are most definently welcome lol hope her training goes well :)
     
    09-06-2009, 08:49 AM
  #6
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Pidge    
You are most definently welcome lol hope her training goes well :)
lol she's definitely got an attitude. She didnt like the bit being tied back soooooo she layed down. Literally played dead. Would not move, nothing, just layed there all stretched out. We tried to get her up, wouldnt flinch. Finally she rolled over once (which is actually good, because a horse that can roll all the way over, is a sign of a great racehorse... or so its been said) and then kept pretending she was dead... then while we were talking she decided to try to sneak and eat grass while she was laying there..... lol.... jerk! She's definitely smart... sometimes a horses mind scares me...
Here she is...lol... by the way, she's the same horse as the one in my avatar
     
    09-06-2009, 04:26 PM
  #7
Weanling
Wow she is super pretty lol and yes I agree horses are sometimes to smart for their own good....

My gelding didnt wanna ride the other day and actually tricked me into thinking he was sore...he loped on the wrong lead throwing his head, the moment I turned home he took off on his usual lead at a full gallop. :P
     
    09-06-2009, 05:02 PM
  #8
Yearling
Thanks! She's kinda tiny though.

I just can't believe how smart they are. Every day they amaze me more and more.

Well all I can say is atleast she's laying down playing dead, instead of rearing and throwing herself over backwards like her full sister Belle used to do.... THAT was bad and dangerous! she pantsed my cousin one day doing that lol. He was wearing those snap up windpants and she threw herself and on the way over cought his pants... lol.... that was hilllllllarious!
     

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