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post #1 of 5 Old 05-25-2014, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Help! Where should I start with my yearling's training?

I have a yearling who is finnaly 12 months, so I'm going to start working with him in the summer finnaly!
So far he lets me halter him, leads (but walks all on me), he loads, and let's me pick up his feet for a few seconds also I can brush him. My question is what should I do with him as far as working with him on a daily bases? Do you think it's ok to lunge him for respect every now and then for about 10 minutes. Please let me know what you think I should do with him as far as training and daily handling.
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-25-2014, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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I would like to start him from scratch as if he knows nothing.
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I would only handle him daily for two or three weeks. He should have basic manners (like not walking all over you, letting you pick up his feet, brush all over him) by then.

After that I'd only handle him 3 or 4 days a week.

Take him on walks. Occasionally hand graze him. Braid his mane. Put curlers in his mane. Take him along while you weed a stretch of garden. Lots of plain of living that he can join in on. If you're wanting to show him in halter, get him used to all that. If you have another horse, pony him just a little.

But, the biggest risk is you getting bored with it all and pushing him beyond what a yearling should be doing. Mostly, being a horse and growing.
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Thank you for your advice, I will do some of those things
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-26-2014, 08:10 PM
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Hi, starting at the start... or wherever he's at, I'd be teaching him anything & everything, with exception of weightbearing or high impact work(jumping, lunging..). Hard tying, forcefully holding legs with ropes, etc should also be avoided IMO until they're older, as young bones & joints are easily damaged. I think the more time the better, the more the horse will be truly ready & comfortable with when it comes time to ride. Teach him the basics really well, desensitise him to stuff, get him out & about as much as possible, teach him some (safe)tricks...

As with an older horse, I believe it's the way in which you do/teach stuff that can be 'too much', rather than that the horse isn't old enough to handle it or can/should have x days a week work or whatever. I just approach every horse of whatever age, in effectively the same manner, but bearing in mind they're all individual & I need to work wherever they're at at the time.
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