had a couple questions about training, but first I'll tell you whats been already done.
I have a yearling filly, she is handled daily, and I know people tend to not like when they are "pets", but she is by no means spoiled, if she does something bad she knows it! if she does something good, she knows it and gets a reward. She leads, ties, loads, she already accepts a light bareback pad, and everyonce in a while I'll put a child on her back(very SMALL, LIGHT child) but only for about one, to two minutes, and Legacy will walk carrying the child no problem. I've already taught her several voice commands, walk, whoa, trot, step over,(that one I use only when grooming and I need her to move, and I only have her move 1-2 steps), she also knows she may only eat grass, while I lead her, when I give her the command. when her lead is on the ground she doesnt move. She also picks up her hooves to be cleaned, when asked.
She used to be always leaning into the gate to try to open it, but it only took a couple days before she learned not to ever push it, I can leave it unlatched, and walk away and she won't touch it.
she'll also stand quietly when I have her tied and am grooming her(I spend sometimes 15-25 minutes grooming/working with her. then we usually spend time playing, me her and my rottie. She also seems bomb proof, she's more curious about scarey things like, cars, trucks, my dads eighteen wheeler, tractors, lawn mowers, etc. and once she meets it(I dont make her approach, she does it on her own)she doesnt even glance at it
But anyway, I was wondering when to begin getting her used to a bridle, I'm intending on teaching her to use a bit, but will usually ride with a bitless bridle or hackamore, I've never used a hackamore, so want opinions on which to use?
Also, I heard that they shouldn't be longed before 2, is that correct?(I havn't yet longed her because of that but wanted to know for sure.
Is there anything else I can teach her before she's 2 that won't be harmfull to her?
She's far to smart for her own good.
And this is kind of off the training subject, but how old are they usually when they come into season the first time?
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