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    10-29-2012, 09:31 PM
ground work?

Ok I just got 2 more horses, I got a paint/ friesian cross mare that was bread to a percheron stud and has a filly at side and is suppose to have one in side her also from a different percheron.

The mare was more or less a brood mare so far she is five. The guy said she hasn't really been messed with but when I went and looked at them I moved the filly away from her and I just loved on her and she left me picked up her front right hoof with very little fighting... she's really flighty. Whats the best way to break this? I've split the mare and the filly now, I have the filly at my place and the mare at my friends a few miles down the road.

They both are kind of flighty I want to break the mare and filly both for saddle but I think that I'll be throwing a harness on them long before I will get on their back because I come from a draft side of this with belgians being my main thing.

Thanks for the help
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    10-29-2012, 09:52 PM
I suggest you try reading about ground work and body language. Good ground work to start out with is Clinton Anderson because he explains why he does the things he does and talks about horse language so its great for someone starting out as a study tool. . Also spends some quiet time with them as well lots of petting and loving get them used to handling. How old is the filly?
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    10-30-2012, 06:08 PM
Originally Posted by Peppy Barrel Racing    
How old is the filly?
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Not even a year yet. She will let you love on her upper neck and head all day long and takes a bit for her to let you pet her rump. But she comes around slowly, some time is a pain to lead, but really likes walking backwards.. I would walk in circles to get her to start to move then she would some times come out of a circle and lead.
    10-30-2012, 06:27 PM
For now all you need to do with the filly it pet and run her everyday get to where you can touch her all over. When you lead her don't let her go backwards get at a 45 degree angle which is midway between the head and the shoulder and pull her to the side and then ask her to walk forward again if she won't then repeat. The mare needs ground work round pen time and respect training. But also just take the Time to pet and run her everywhere like the filly.
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    10-30-2012, 06:37 PM
You have your work cut out for you.
For the mare, Im assuming she is halter broke. Go with Clinton Anderson. He has a website, so you can watch tv videos.
For the filly ,I like pressure and retreat and give a treat and say good girl. Let her sniff the halter, take it away and give a treat, do that several times and when she is comfortable move on. Baby steps.
I have had to do this with full grown horses that didn`t want to be caught. I had to reteach that a halter was a good thing.
Good luck.
    10-30-2012, 07:02 PM
Rub her not run her sorry about the typo
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    10-30-2012, 09:04 PM
Well I'm weaning the filly right now, I have her in a round pen on and mom is out in the pasture. They both are currently at my fiends house, and she has an autistic son and he loves horses and he runs around a lot yelling and she is starting to get use to noise, he will run around and if his mom has here on a lead he can run up to her now and pet her and she doesn't really spook.

Today she got a lot of rubbing from my friend and then I had her just stand tied for a little while and then I started to rub on her, I was there for a good 45 mins and she would raise her rear legs just by me rubbing on her butt, it was kinda weird.

I'll check out Clinton Anderson
    11-01-2012, 03:13 AM

I too advise lots of groundwork/manners. But for both horses, not just Mum. The baby will need hoof care & worming/veterinary procedures now, just as much as mum. So you need to teach it everything for that anyway, but why stop there? No reason why you can't have taught everything possible on the ground by the time she's mature enough to actually ride.
    11-01-2012, 11:12 PM
The vet is a guy down the road that has some pretty far fetch things but works amazing. I've been working with the little one, she walks up to you now when you get in the pen, mom is still a little nervous.

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