At work we take the yearlings for walks around the property and get them used to rearing bits.
Once they are used to the bits they are supposed to be walked with them everywhere. The other day a yearling got away from one of the girls at work when we were bringing them back in from the day yards. Albert (said yearling) pulled back fast and went running down the driveway. I eventually caught him talking to his mum through the fence.
We were told afterwards that the yearlings have to be taken everywhere with a bit. We had only used halters to take them out to the paddocks. Apparently Albert has done this a couple of times to this girl. He has done it once to me and I was using a bit with him, from my experience he runs backwards very suddenly and fast. It is impossible to hold onto unless you want to dragged along the ground.
Since I have become aware it is a forming habit and not just a one off I am sure to watch him closely when walking him. As soon as he plants his feet I make sure to move them where I want them before he gets the chance to think reverse.
Anyway my question being does everyone agree that yearlings have to be walked in bits?
My boss said they should so you have more chance of controlling a bad situation. I thought that any horse should be able to be handled in just a halter even a yearling. ??