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    07-19-2012, 01:46 AM
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Foal
How far is too far?

I have a 2 year old who I want to start doing things like teaching basic dressage movements on the ground to give ourselves something to do while he is still maturing, and to get some education under his belt. I understand many people desire to teach a young horse dressage movements on the ground such as yielding, etc. But, how far is too far to teach a horse of such a young age? Is starting to teach things such as the piaffe and quarters in etc too difficult/strenuous on a young horse (on the ground only)?
     
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    07-19-2012, 01:57 AM
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Yes, it is, he is still very young for that. Piaffe is in the highest levels of dressage and it takes a lot from a horse to be able to do that - yes, from the ground, too. Horses should be let to enjoy their childhood...tons of other things to do.
     
    07-19-2012, 01:58 AM
  #3
Foal
So exactly back to my original question... what do YOU believe is too far?
     
    07-19-2012, 02:10 AM
  #4
Trained
Hi,

Weightbearing, hard work & high impact stuff should be avoided or kept to a careful bare minimum at that age, but anything else is fine pretty much.

I'd start with the basics, which should keep you busy for a while at least anyway. Manners, yielding, etc. Taking him for walks, out & about to various places is great for the exercise factor & for desensitising/getting him used to stuff, as well as developing a good relationship with you.
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    07-19-2012, 02:12 AM
  #5
Trained
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Originally Posted by Saranda    
Horses should be let to enjoy their childhood...
I think they should be allowed to enjoy their whole life & enjoy the training & 'work' we require of them too!
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    07-19-2012, 02:20 AM
  #6
Foal
Yes I understand that there isn't heaps you can do in the way of more complex training with a bubba. But, I know things like yielding etc can be fun and beneficial to teach, but what else is there?? Stimulation of the mind is healthy, and he has a good work ethic
     
    07-19-2012, 02:22 AM
  #7
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Ground driving is an ok thing to do, if he is kept away from actually pulling something. :)
     
    07-19-2012, 02:22 AM
  #8
Foal
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Originally Posted by Saranda    
Horses should be let to enjoy their childhood...tons of other things to do.
Also, he does enjoy his childhood, very much so... but soon he will be a teenager
     
    07-19-2012, 02:24 AM
  #9
Foal
Yes I aim to do ground driving in the coming months. Teaching to trot up etc. but I want to know more about teaching of the dressage movements, or 'flat-work' movements, so you don't think I am being too ambitious!
     
    07-19-2012, 02:27 AM
  #10
Trained
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Originally Posted by MissKatie    
Yes I understand that there isn't heaps you can do in the way of more complex training with a bubba. But, I know things like yielding etc can be fun and beneficial to teach, but what else is there?? Stimulation of the mind is healthy, and he has a good work ethic
It's not complex training that's a problem(although of course you have to start at pre-school & work up), but physically damaging stuff as stated. There's nothing wrong with dressage maneuvers or otherwise that are 'complex' but not physically stressful. What else is there?? Imagination's the limit!
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