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post #21 of 34 Old 07-19-2012, 04:18 AM
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It might be a good idea turning on a radio or something like that, while you're in te arena, to get him used to unfamiliar noises and working in music.

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post #22 of 34 Old 07-19-2012, 04:23 AM Thread Starter
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Yes sorry if I was unclear that is what I meant (later corrected myself in a comment saying "flatwork". Anyways the cones etc I am yet to try! Have turned on a radio once but need more of that - got to get him used to loudspeakers at shows
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post #23 of 34 Old 07-19-2012, 04:59 AM
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At 2 I would be doing mostly desensitising work. Things like the radio being on, tarps, balls, plastic bags, hand walking him beside roads, etc.

Otherwise, as far as "dressage" training goes he's too young for anything serious. Look at your training scale. Your first two things are rhythm and relaxation. If you want to work towards a dressage horse, work on them.
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Again, I think my interpretation and your interpretation of dressage manoeuvres may be different. But thanks
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post #25 of 34 Old 07-19-2012, 06:46 AM
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Piaffe and "quarters in" (do you mean haunches-in?) is too far.
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post #26 of 34 Old 07-19-2012, 08:11 AM
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Teach him to yield his fores, his hinds, side passing any backing up. Make sure he knows how to walk quietly and respectfully, changing direction with you, backing and stopping when you do. Solidify his whoa. Teach him to cross tie, ground tie and to be tied to things.

I don't think what you're asking for is too much - most people hear Dresage movements and think you want your baby to start piaffing around the barn so you're going to have to repeat yourself a lot.
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post #27 of 34 Old 07-19-2012, 08:12 AM
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In fairness, the OP did suggest piaffe and haunches-in herself in her first post.
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post #28 of 34 Old 07-19-2012, 09:07 AM
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I thought she had since recanted the piaffe stuff? Sorry...reading from my tiny mobile while I'm pretending to work makes me miss things sometimes.
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post #29 of 34 Old 07-19-2012, 09:09 AM
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That's why you shouldn't skive off from work on the internet!

Oh, wait......
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post #30 of 34 Old 07-19-2012, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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Yes I did initially hint at that but later corrected, sorry for confusion
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