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post #1 of 6 Old 12-21-2009, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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HELP NEEDED :) unhandled colts

Hi there! this is my post ever, I hope its ok I have just received two young colts from a lady, (they had been let loose and were terrorising local mares) and I am umming and ahhing about what to do with them. I have experience with training and breaking but I have never had a horse so unhandled. I haven't started anything with them yet (just letting them relax and settle down) so thought I might ask on here. Maybe if anyone has been in the same situation as me, or just have any knowledge to share, that would be great! thanks for reading
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-21-2009, 10:00 PM
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Welcome to the forum.

Could you share with us the breed,age and maybe the training equipment you have on hand.
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-21-2009, 10:05 PM
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Need more info to give you a sensible answer -

How old are the colts? Breed? I'm assuming they're still intact? Is there any compelling reason to keep either of them intact for any longer?

Are they halter broken? Decent to groom, pick feet, etc.?

What kind of facilities do you have for working with them? Round pen? arena? stalls? Can you turn the two of them out together or either one solo?
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I knew I'd miss out the most important bits lol. They are still intact, but I have absolutely no intention of keeping them this way. I just thought I'll contact my vet once I can successfully halter and lead them, which will maybe minimise stress levels on both horses and humans I can't groom them as they are too timid atm. They have never been abused but have just been left to go pretty much wild. I am almost 100 % sure they are quarter horses. I don't have an arena but I do have a round pen and holding yards (no stalls).
I don't consider myself an experienced trainer at all but would like to give it all I have for these little guys, and I have no problem at all against hiring help if they need someone better than me to show them the ropes, I just think that they will be great little horses one day and deserve good training.
As for age, hmm well I haven't tried to see their teeth (they only arrived today, thought I shouldn't harass them too much
Hope this helps.
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-22-2009, 12:25 AM
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If the colts have not been handled it might be best to get them into a smaller area where you will have the opportunity to approach them.

Do you have such an area?

How are their feet?
Have they been wormed?
How about shots?
Do you have a general idea of their age?
One year old,5 years old?
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-22-2009, 11:00 AM
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The first thing you need to do is get a halter and lead on them. If they were at my house I would ride into the round pen on another horse and rope them and teach them to give to the rope then move into a halter. I would then get them to lead with either front foot, then the hind feet. After I can lead them from any foot I can be pretty confident that they aren't going to kick me or rear up and paw me so I can start grooming and handling thier feet. At the same time I would be saddling the horse and getting it ready to be ridden. Usually with unhandled horses it takes me a week to get to riding them. Some take only a couple of days and one I trained took almost two weeks so it will vary some.

the first rule is to stay safe. If you need to hire help then do it before you or the horse gets hurt. No horse is worth ruining your health.

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