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post #1 of 13 Old 05-09-2008, 04:05 AM Thread Starter
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having issues with my 3 year old

my 3 year old is having issue...or can it be me???, for the last 2 years i've been pregnant with my 2 sons, i've pretty much only spent time with abby doing ground with with her (very laid back pony) ,poor star has been kept out of the loop in training, I guess I have to start from step one all over again by haltering him again, I once put a pink one on when he was a colt with pink fuzzies on it......found that in the mud, that was the last time he had a halter on.....we're working with him to the point that I can stand beside him and brush him.....for some thing's I find that perelli is over rated and just wanted to know if any one know of any thing or any one else I can start to follow to help me work with star-baby
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post #2 of 13 Old 05-09-2008, 08:33 AM
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What sort of problems are you having with him?
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post #3 of 13 Old 05-09-2008, 08:46 AM
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I believe that consistent, good, and patient work is the best tool for dealing with colts. (lots of praise and repitition)

Unfortuneately, there are no mericle cures for making up the time that was lost these past two years.

Start out with very basic stuff (like brushing and standing). Once you are good there, move to very basic roundpen work (walk, trot and halt/reverse at first), then after he gets it and is able to build up some muscle, add the canter. It is important that your guy knows transitions, too.

After he's good with all of that, add your tack and repeat. Just be sure to keep it interesting for both you and your guy. Keep us updated and good luck!

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post #4 of 13 Old 05-09-2008, 11:51 AM
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I enjoy John Lyons, course that's the only trainer I have seen.. You could try him, but definantly patience and consistency..

Also what kinds of problem are you havin with him?

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post #5 of 13 Old 05-09-2008, 11:58 AM
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I have to say that gentleing a horse is probably the most time consuming part of training (well at least in the aspect that it seems like you are getting very little done (which is not true) and you have to have a ton of patience) It's my least fave part of training, I still enjoy it but not nearly as much as the saddle work and riding.

When I got Dillon (mind you he is much younger) he was a totally spaz case, he had no idea that I was NOT going to kill him...as far ad he was concerned I was a huge threat.

So here is what I did...

-Number one thing I did was put him in a pen all by himself. I made it so that if wanted company it had to be me.
-Number two, I spent lots of time in his pen even if I wasn't doing anything with him. I would bring a chair and book out and eventually he would get curious and come closer and closer to me.
-I left a halter and lead on him for a week and caught him everday to groom and play with him.
-Everyday I gave him a treat (he loves oats)

I don't have a round pen (Man I hate moving! ) But if I did I would have lunged him everyday and worked on the join-up. I really like this method and I find it very effective. I think it works great on calming down a older horse that has not been worked.

I did all this with Dillon for about a month straight and now I only catch him about twice a week and he is a total cuddle bug. I can't even get pictures of him because he is always in my face. He is still a bit shy with everyone but me, but is coming around very quickly.

Hope this helps you.
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post #6 of 13 Old 05-09-2008, 02:20 PM
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Well I, too, neglected time with my horse, Bo, and I found that if you just spend about 1-2 hours a day with him it'll help a lot! I started with just calling all the horses up to feed them and patting Bo and saying nice things to him. (horses love when you're very soft spoken and gentle.) I gradually started brushing him more and I would always have treats to give him when he was a good boy. :)
I eventually got him looking forward to seeing me and that was when I started join up with him. He reacted GREAT to join up! He follows me everywhere now and whinnies when he sees me and he just loves getting those little peppermints! Hah! He's broke now and doing very well with my beginner sister. :) You'll be surprised how much they'll change with time and attention.

Hope everything works out with your little Colt!
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post #7 of 13 Old 05-10-2008, 01:01 AM
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The main thing is that like real people, children of the same age as him-they have very little concentration spans.

Go out a few times a day for short lessons. Handle him, work with his feet, take him for walks, show him traffic, expose him to various things around the facility.

What are your ultimate goals with him. Base the work you are doing with him on what you want him to ultimately do.
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post #8 of 13 Old 05-10-2008, 07:57 AM
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The main thing is that like real people, children of the same age as him-they have very little concentration spans.

Go out a few times a day for short lessons. Handle him, work with his feet, take him for walks, show him traffic, expose him to various things around the facility.

What are your ultimate goals with him. Base the work you are doing with him on what you want him to ultimately do.
Well said!
Hope he comes good!

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post #9 of 13 Old 05-10-2008, 09:41 AM
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The main thing is that like real people, children of the same age as him-they have very little concentration spans.

Go out a few times a day for short lessons. Handle him, work with his feet, take him for walks, show him traffic, expose him to various things around the facility.

What are your ultimate goals with him. Base the work you are doing with him on what you want him to ultimately do.
Love your answers

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post #10 of 13 Old 05-10-2008, 10:51 AM
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Let's just say I have owned a few babies
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