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        08-25-2010, 07:36 PM
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    Green Broke
    A Few Questions

    Hopefully you have the answers! I ponied my yearling once and she did great. Trotted and she kept up. I only did this for maybe 10min. How long can we go for a walk, being ponied? Just worried about her knees/legs. The other question, when it does come time to break her, I will be the only one around doing this except with some possible help from a trainer up north, how do you guys ride your babies off the property without your baby having to follow another horse. I figured ponying her for awhile will help her but she needs to build her own self confidence too. I don't have someone around to help with this as I want her to be able to go out on her own anyway. What do people do to get past that? ONE MORE question? Sorry, When I feed my yearling grain ( the only time she does it), she paws. Wears her right foot down. Is there a way to stop her from pawing? I just know that when the farrier comes, she wont have to really trim that hoof. Thanks for your answers.
         
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        08-25-2010, 09:13 PM
      #2
    Green Broke
    As long as you build up to it, you can pony her at the walk and trot (with lots of walk breaks) for 1-2 hours.

    To build her self-confidence, take her on "walks" in-hand with her halter. Go hiking with her on the trail. It's a good bonding and training experience, and good exercise for you too .
         
        08-26-2010, 01:10 AM
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    Trained
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    How long can we go for a walk, being ponied? Just worried about her knees/legs.
    As usual, agree with Luvs2. So long as you build up to it, some trotting & cantering is fine & as for walking, the more the better. Young horses are prococial species and have evolved to be able to keep up with the herd from the first day. Wild horses do an average of 20-40km per day, so chances are, you're not going to be able to over do it! The more exercise, the stronger she will become in legs, knees & elsewhere.

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    how do you guys ride your babies off the property without your baby having to follow another horse. I figured ponying her for awhile will help her but she needs to build her own self confidence too.
    I've often not had help available when training. Yes, ponying & going for walks with her is a good start for that too, as she will feel more secure with another horse or yourself(if she trusts you) while she's getting used to all the unfamiliar stuff 'out there'. When it comes to actual riding, getting her going well on home ground first is important, and then just taking it slowly, going out for short walks in familiar settings first, keeping each 'session' short & easy for her until her confidence has built, making things as positive as possible for her... I use a lot of positive reinforcement training(rewards), but also when I'm out, I will make a point of riding the horse to a good patch of grazing or such, so they look forward to my asking them to go somewhere. Use 'approach & retreat' tactics & don't attempt to force her to go near/past/get over 'scaries'. Oh, and as horses tend to be more confident when someone trustworthy goes first, or in between a 'scary', don't be afraid to jump off when & wherever needed & lead her.

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    ONE MORE question? Sorry, When I feed my yearling grain ( the only time she does it), she paws. Wears her right foot down. Is there a way to stop her from pawing? I just know that when the farrier comes, she wont have to really trim that hoof. Thanks for your answers.
    Don't be sorry about asking questions! For starters, I would definitely not be feeding her grain. Yes, I know it's traditional, but horse's systems aren't built to deal with high sugar/starch diets and it's effectively 'junk food' and can cause a range of health issues.

    To stop her pawing, you can use her food to positively reinforce her whenever she's standing still, and ensure you never reinforce her for pawing. Horses learn to do what works for them & quit doing what doesn't. Unfortunately as she's obviously had a lot of practice at this behaviour working for her in the past, it's likely to take a bit of time to eliminate, and get worse before it goes away, as she will 'try harder' at the behaviour to try to get it to work as before. You just have to be attentive and instantly reinforce what may be momentary breaks in the pawing to begin with. Teaching her a 'bridging signal' to catch the instances effectively, as with 'Clicker Training' is very helpful for this sort of thing.

    As for her hooves, she may be wearing down the toe wall, but she will still require the rest of the hoof to be trimmed. If you're worried about wear & tear on joints, have her on rubber matting or soft ground at these times until you teach her not to do it.
         
        08-26-2010, 07:17 AM
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    Green Broke
    Thanks everyone. I don't feed her much grain, only maybe 1/2 c. I have another mare who has to be fed grain, so I just give the baby a little. Now as for the ponying thing and most of you say about 1-2 hrs. Of walking trotting, she will be ok. I'm excited to be able to take her out and show her everything. In lunging, I shouldn't lunge her in small circles, right? How many of you are training your own right now? What are you coming up against, if anything?
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        08-26-2010, 08:03 AM
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    Green Broke
    Build up to 1-2 hours. Start with just 1/2 hour walk/trot for a while, then add on 5-10 minutes every 4-5 rides until you get up to 2 hours. Watch her breathing and sweat to see when she's getting tired or fatigued.

    Lunging should be done on the biggest circle you can manage and no more than 15-20 minutes at a time. Circles are hard on young joints.
         

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