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post #1 of 6 Old 08-04-2009, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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How do i train my yearling

Hello everyone, i was wondering if some of you could help me.i have a yearling paint that a few friends brought to me. She has never been messed with at all. I bring her in the round pin every day and try to mess with her. I am now able to put her halter on and i can lead her on a lead rope and back her up. She is still a little skittish when i touch her and she hates when i pick up her hoofs. I have never broke a horse and i do not know much about ground work. Can you just tell me if i am doing right so far and what all do i need to be doing and how can i get her use to me picking up her hoofs. Any thing would be helpfull. Thank you
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-04-2009, 05:06 PM
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Please for the sake of your safety, the foal's, and those around you, seek out professional help. If this is your first time working with a youngster, you want experienced hands helping you.

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post #3 of 6 Old 08-04-2009, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Well i had a mare that had a little colt and i raised him and broke him and everything, he is now 4. Its just that some friends brought this paint over and they want me to brake her but its the fact that i did not have her from the begining and she has not been handeled much. I have 8 horses at home so i am some what experianced with horses im just worried about doing this to some one elses horse you know.
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-04-2009, 09:06 PM
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You said in your first post you'd never broken a horse before??

Honestly, I come from a school of "live and learn" but I have to agree 110% with JDI on this one. There's just not enough ability for any of us to coach you thoroughly through everything that needs to be done. I'm a little confused as to how you raised and broke in a horse until he was 4 and yet have no idea about ground work. It's understandable that you'd encounter some issues with a foal you haven't raised, but if you did raise your own horse, that should have taught you plenty to be able to work with a yearling.

Please, for the safety of both you and the horse, tell your friends to find someone else. You also have to consider the safety of your friends - do you want to feel responsible when she seriously injures one of them because you were unable to do the job right?

An untouched yearling is downright dangerous, even to the most experienced handlers. My best friend has been around horses for half of forever, and has ridden some of the nastiest tempered animals you could imagine. She bought an untouched yearling last summer, and within the span of a month I think that filly sent her airborne and face first into dirt at least 2-3 times. And that was JUST doing groundwork, with an extremely experienced individual who'd raised half a dozen foals from birth to bombproof kids pony. You HAVE to know exactly how to handle them because they can blow in an instant, and at a year old, they're now big enough to do the damage a newborn foal can't.

I sincerely hope you reconsider, please give it some thought at least.

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post #5 of 6 Old 08-05-2009, 12:07 AM
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I have to agree with the others on this one...if you have had experience with horses who've had handling before, but haven't had any on ones that haven't you may want to find someone who can help you hands on with this filly. She is indeed at an age that she could hurt you, especially when you are trying to handle her feet and legs.

Being as you've been around horses, you probably could handle the challenge of the horse, but I do not advise you to do it solo; try to find someone who can mentor you AS you handle her, so you have someone who can help you when she gets scared or too excited for you tohandle on your own. Training horses is not something to take lightly, and isn't something that happens over night.

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post #6 of 6 Old 08-05-2009, 08:20 AM Thread Starter
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Ok thank you guys. I think that i am still going to interact with her and get her used to the touch of a human and just try and earn her trust right now, but i will look in to getting a trainer and see what to do.i just know that while traning a horse you earn that really good bond and i cant earn that bond as good if some one else is training her but to keep us safe than ill get a trainer, and again thank you.
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