Originally Posted by Repti
I am fourteen years old, and have been riding a little bit. I know all ‘horsey’ terms inside out, as I am literally obsessed with horses. (the old story!)
My problem is I have been out the saddle a while ‘cause there really expensive. I think I get along okay with horses, I’m pretty confident, not afraid of falling of, can groom, muck out, you know, the basics.
Now I am not very experienced, I do have a lot of learning to do, but there is a gorgeous just turned 3yr old 14.2hh new forest x chestnut filly that’s for loan just a walk away from my house.
The lady who owns her just wants somebody to do some basic schooling and training with her. I don’t know what you all think?
I would love to do this, I have got bucketful’s of determination and patience. But how would I go about it? What are the basics for schooling a filly?
Just want some opinions. Thanx!
I've lost count of how many times I've been told to never do the "green on green thing," but I had practically no other choice. When I was growing up, a 2hr trek was my treat, and I became great friends with my local trekking guide. He got me started on how to back young horses - a giant half Clyde was the first youngster I rode, and while I didn't have a flashy trainer, I had someone who knew what he was doing to answer questions I had. Since then, I've not only never had the money to buy a "made" horse, I've preferred making my own.
The first thing to remember is that you're going to make mistakes. They may not be intentional, but if you have a firm grasp of basics (especially things like warming up, working correctly, basic first aid and knowing when to call your vet/farrier), you're unlikely to permanently damage your horse. Don't get discouraged if you move a little fast and she packs a tantrum at something - take a few steps back and try again.
Your horse is also going to make mistakes. They're young and unbalanced, they don't understand what you're asking yet most of them will still listen and try. Don't be harsh on her just because she doesn't progress according to your five year plan! Let her have her own training clock and tell you when she's ready for something new. The transition from pasture fuzzy to riding horse is a long and confusion one for horses, so it's your job to make that road as smooth as possible.
Whatever you do, don't fall into a fad-pit. Youngsters don't need their mouths stuffed full of twisted wire or their mouths cranked shut with leather. Books and magazines are great sources of knowledge that can help smooth out your road, but don't rely on one source to tell you how to make everything perfect. If you're starting from scratch, start with a hollow snaffle and give her a decent chance - she won't quite understand what all the pulling is about at first (long lining is the best first step to teach this, or you can teach voice commands and apply them with your typical aids when riding).
Good luck! (even though I hope the filly in question is a well-developed 3yo)