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        07-07-2010, 07:56 AM
      #1
    Weanling
    More than I can chew....

    Hello everyone. My name is Melanie and I have been in and out of the horse world for my whole life. I recently became the owner of a Beautiful Rocky Mountain Gelding..the problem is that he is only 2! He is a sweet horse but one that needs a lot of training. I look forward to posting some questions on the broads and seeing what you all think of what I should do next..yes I know, I have a long road ahead of me..and yes as my user name could indicate I tend to take on more than I can chew! Here is a picture of Jacoby with my 12 yo, who is about 5ft tall
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        07-07-2010, 07:57 AM
      #2
    Weanling
    (I forgot the rest of the post ) I recently became the owner of a sweet 2 yo Rocky Mountain horse. I have never owned a horse before and Jacoby is relatively new to everything. He wasn't really seen by people until he was about 1 year, (long story). I was wondering what should be the first things we do? So far he will "walk" and put his head down when he see the halter. He likes to work but is still just a babe. I am trying to get him to walk in a circle by pointing and twirling the extra lead rope. I know this is going to be a long road but I was wondering what I should focus on first?
         
        07-07-2010, 08:07 AM
      #3
    Banned
    First thing you should do is find yourself a good trainer to help you.
         
        07-07-2010, 09:28 AM
      #4
    Foal
    I agree with Alwaysbehind.

    I did train my young ones w/o a trainer but I also read books, watched DVD's, and asked for help. They are in my back yard so I was with them everyday. Start off with the basics. Keep your lessons short and always end off on a good note. Teach him how to lead, back up, respect your space, lift his feet, groom, how to tye and how to stand still w/o tying. Be sure to spend undemanding quiet time. Where you go to his area and just "be". Don't pet him until he touches you first. There is so much that goes into training and tons of ground work that you can do before getting on his back. Remember, slow and steady wins the race. Good luck.
         
        07-07-2010, 12:21 PM
      #5
    Yearling
    I agree that a trainer with experience is what you need at this point, as it seems that you want the best for your new boy. A trainer can also teach you, as well as your youngster to provide a better future for you both as a team. Good luck!
         
        07-07-2010, 03:14 PM
      #6
    Weanling
    Lots of Ground work. Read books, just soak up information. This site is also a lot of help with a lot of very experienced people. Just read threads and you'll learn so much more. And take it slow. Sometimes its going to seem like you'll never get anywhere, but if you take your time you're going to have a far better result that if you rush into it and hurt yourself and/or your horse. :)

    To say exactly where you should start I would say leading and catching. My bubble-your bubble. Work on "Whoa" on the lead rope. Just get his respect. It will help in the future.

    Best of luck!
         
        07-07-2010, 04:30 PM
      #7
    Yearling
    First things first, welcome!

    There's nothing much I can say that anyone else has already said. Very important: get a trainer to help you through your new boy's training. It's better to prevent any problems popping up than trying to cure them.

    And also the best of luck and please keep us posted on the progress. He looks like a real stunning boy, and I would like to know how things go.
         
        07-08-2010, 08:25 AM
      #8
    Weanling
    Thank you all so much for your advice. I am saving up for some training with an experienced trainer, I really don't want to create bad habits. I am though reading and watching and really learning a lot on my own, (i learn most things this way). So far Jacoby is good at leading, he walks when I say "walk", he stops on whoa (most of the time), but he doesn't like to stand still. He really wants to be next to me all the time when we are in the pen. How do I get him to stand when not tied? He does tying well now and even let me put on the fly mask (after a little while). Asking for his feet is also a challenge because no one handled him as a colt. I have been just starting with getting him to let me put hoof oil on, so he knows that touching his feet is ok..I know I know,...long road ahead of me, lol
         
        07-08-2010, 08:46 AM
      #9
    Yearling
    Welcome! Always glad to find another Rocky owner! Do you have experience with gaited horses?

    When you said he just wants to be next to me I had to chuckle, I think all Rockys are pocket ponies,lol. It can cross a line though, even if he has a sweet as pie temperament you want to keep a leadership role with him. I would perfect whoa, ground back, and getting him to move away from pressure first. Since he is a baby still he's probably going to be a bit fidgety and since he's not had much handling he probably doesn't have much confidence. I do a lot of groundwork on all the Rocky youngsters at the farm from weaning to starting under saddle and I have started a few myself so if you have any questions I would be glad to help. I am certainly no professional but ask away, if my experiences can help let me know.

    Oh, and I am just curious, do you know the bloodlines for your gelding?
         
        07-09-2010, 07:12 AM
      #10
    Weanling
    Thank you. No I have no experience what soever with gaited horses. One of the reason I really like the Rocky is because of the gait, but I have been thinking a lot about training that gait, I don't even know what it is called! I am glad I'm not the only one that have a shadow in the round pen. They really are cuddly horses aren't they! He is learning though, that he doesn't have permission to cuddle all the time, and that he needs to listen. He really does want to learn as long as I am clear with what I am asking he seems to enjoy doing what I ask, although he does have a preference as to which side I am asking...

    I do not know his mom, but his dad is Jackson, straight from TN with great confirmation. Jacoby is more confirmation that color of the rocky but that's ok with me. His full brother has the champaigne gene and looks really cool.

    Thanks for being there, I appreciate it! I need all the help I can get!
         

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