Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Since I just heard that your horse is no more than 15 months old, I would strongly suggest against starting lunging or ground-driving right now, because of a few reasons:
1) The steps to start ground-driving are not good for a young horse's joints.
2) If you throw too much at a young horse, it will literally fry his brains. Let him be a horse and grow up.
3) If I remember correctly, you wanted to get him saddle-broke now, which ... well, it's not good for a young horse, period, much less a young draft-type.
Instead, do a few of the following:
- Make sure he respects you on the ground
- Do obstacle courses in hand, ie. walk over tarps, poles, make him stand quietly while you throw a tarp over him, etc
- Make sure you can touch him all over his body without flinching, and will pick all 4 feet up.
- Make him accept having fly spray applied, and having baths, loading on the trailer etc.
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