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post #1 of 12 Old 06-29-2010, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
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Help! He has a long linage of PERFECTION

Hey guys! As you know I recently bought a GORGEOUS colt out of Ciarra Cool (by The Power Te) and by My Incredible Sonny.
Both studs have AMAZING halter and western pleasure backgrounds.
My little colt has a lot to live up too, and I want to make him the best but I am just a begginner at halter. So, I need help on how to train him to set up and show. He absolutely LOVES people and he's already done SOO well with leading and being touched. He's a very quick learner and seems to be following in Dad's footsteps.

Here are a few of Dad's accomplishments:
APHA- Superior Open Halter, Superior Amateur Halter, ROM Open & Amateur Halter, 6 Grand Champions, 5 Reserve Grands, Has 101 Open/Amateur Halter Points.
PtHA- 180 Open Pinto Halter Points, ROE Open Halter, ROM Open Halter, 8 Grands, 2 Reserve Grands, and 2 Champion Of Champion Awards.
But oh sooo many more, just couldnt list them.

Sooo... I really need advice on how to make him perfect in the show ring. Ill be starting training for next years show circuit in August so I have time to practice on my trail brat gelding lol.

Sooo please help!

Here are a couple of pics of My Incredible Sonny :) DROOLLLL
And My baby-Kota AKA Ima Incredicool
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"The only way to get true freedom, is to politely borrow it from a completely misunderstood horse- My dad when i got my first pony"
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-29-2010, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Please help?

"The only way to get true freedom, is to politely borrow it from a completely misunderstood horse- My dad when i got my first pony"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwfmrt2oiCc
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post #3 of 12 Old 06-29-2010, 04:46 PM
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To be totally honest, any Natural Horsemanship training methods should work just fine in setting your colt up for the showring...
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post #5 of 12 Old 06-29-2010, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Yeahhh. But the thing is idk ANY training methods. I've always had finished trail horses. Never had to train any of them

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post #6 of 12 Old 06-29-2010, 06:15 PM
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First of all, he's gorgeous !!!! For halter, it's about conditioning and conformation. You can't do much about conformation, but keep him conditioned and make sure to groom him impeccibly before the show. Regarding the set up, you don't need to work him much - just about 5 minutes a day and he'll be great in a month or so. I started my gelding by backing him into the corner of his stall at a 45 degree angle. This teaches them to get their back feet set and have their back feet under them. Make sure to back him all the way into the corner so his rear is touching the panels of the stall. At first, don;t ask him to stand for very long (maybe 15 - 30 seconds) then praise him and walk him forward a few steps. Back him into the corner again and make him stand. Once he learns how to get the back feet set and will stand without moving for 2 or more minutes, start working on the front feet. In Halter, you can touch your horse, so I touch the opposite side of the withers and lightly tap the top of the hoof with my foot to get him to move his foot. For example, if I want him to move his right foot, I touch the left side of his withers and tap the top of his right hoof with my boot. Once he gets set in the front, make him stand for a little bit, then praise and walk forward. It shouldn't take him very long until he will set his back feet with little effort, then set his front feet by touching the spot on his withers for the foot you want to move.
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post #7 of 12 Old 06-29-2010, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Okay thank you soooo much! Ill try it as soon as he weans

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You already got amazing advice from RH99 about training but I just wanted to pop in and say that you have a gorgeous foal there. I have to say that his shoulder is so much better than his daddy's.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
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post #9 of 12 Old 06-29-2010, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you sooo much smrobs! He's definitely coming along well :)

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I have to say that his shoulder is so much better than his daddy's.
Totally agree.

Fingers crossed he does not end up totally down hill like daddy either.


If you have no experience working with a baby please find a trainer to help you. Best to teach things the right way the first time.
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