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post #1 of 8 Old 12-22-2010, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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Ideas on training a Percheron cross filly

Hi! I've got my eye on a lovely Perch cross filly and I want to bring her along in the very best way possible to become my sturdy trail horse. Does anyone out there break out Percherons on a regular basis? She is just two and a half and I don't want to start her too early. I realize that I can use ground work and the round pen to help her to connect with me until she is three or so. I am just wondering whether Percherons or drafts have specfic training needs that should be considered that light horses don't have. Thanks!
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-22-2010, 10:03 PM
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Because they're a bigger breed of horse, it takes them longer to mature. Make sure you don't start him too soon. Other than that, a draft is the same as any other horse as far as training. Don't let them get the mentality of them being bigger than you, but if you've trained horses before you know that already . Good luck, and be sure to update us on his progress!
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I owned a Percheron/Thoroughbred filly who I got from a rescue at 4 months old. She was a premarin baby.

Every horse is different, regardless of breed. But this mare was absolutely amazing. At the time I did not have a ton of experience with young horses. I had her halter broke within two weeks, just working with pressure and release. Basically I taught her to work off my pressure, and within days at four months old she was leading in circles and straight forward, if I touched her in particular spots she knew I wanted her to move over.

Teaching her to lounge was pretty much an extension of that, and when I finally did get on her it was one of the most uneventful days ever. She was hesitant to move forward pretty much always, and in terms of sensitivity, well, she wasn't, at all. This made it hard to push her forward, but she rarely spooked and was generally happy to please.

I did not start her under saddle until she was 6.

The only thing I think is important is finding a plan that works for you and STICKING to it. Consistency is key. I think it's pretty much the same as every other breed.

She just was a little less sensitive, but that might have been her. Either way she was amazing.

Good luck!
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post #4 of 8 Old 12-24-2010, 01:55 PM
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Please message me if you'd like me to give you a good training program. I've worked around a few Perch fillies and could giv e you advice and pointers :)
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post #5 of 8 Old 12-26-2010, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the great advice Equiniphile and Heather3186! I'm hoping to retire in a few years and this filly has been my dream I'm hoping to bring her home by or soon after the first of the year. I will keep you posted on her/our progress!
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Exposure. I would expose her to EVERYTHING that you can imagine , in a controlled environment of course. That will help SO MUCH
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Hi Again friends! I've gotten my girl home and I could not be more pleased with her! She is small, possibly due to the lack of nutrition because of improper feeding by her prior owners but she has been in rescue and is growing steadily once she began to get some good groceries. She is so sweet, again surprisingly considering her lack of care and good treatment. I don't know if this is a Perch trait or maybe it is just her but she is such a lover! I've never known a horse to be so friendly as she is. I'm going to try to attach a pic but I'm not real good at that. Hopefully you'll get a look at her! I've named her "Beauty" for what I believe are obvious reasons
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-16-2011, 04:45 PM
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Congrats! I love rescues, they are the best! I'm sure your girl is beautiful! I have a soft spot for percherons and percheron crosses so please keep me updated! I'm sure you'll make an excellent pair!
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