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  • What is a good 90 day plan of ground work for my yearling horse
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    01-18-2012, 03:43 PM
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Weanling
My Training Plans

Obviously things will change, and this is just something I'm working around in my mind so I can prepare myself and Boots. As I've mentioned, I'm not absolutely sure I'll buy him, but I'm really hoping I can. So I'm going to list things off in the order I plan to do it and I want some ideas and opinions. ;)

  1. Halter breaking, obviously! And in this process I'll be teaching him manners, like no biting, putting his head down, or walking on top of me. Too many big horses who were prices in the thousands did this to me at the horse I worked at, which was a big turn off during the day. Nothing like a broken toe because of an expensive horse that has no manners.
  2. After halter breaking and lots of trust building, I'm going to be using the unused barn to start the process of trailer loading. Not the same thing, but it's like someone mentioned in another thread - if they can use a stall, a trailer is the same basic concept. The hall is a little narrow and it's a tad dark in the barn, so I believe it'll be good practice.
  3. Trailer loading! Roger's got a nice trailer I can use, and there's plenty of hills to make that huge step seem a little smaller.
  4. Ground work, which will come when he's a little older. In his youth I plan on just taking him for long walks. This summer maybe, he'll get to do ground work if Roger does manage to get that round-pen he said he wanted. I was wondering if anyone knew any fun "games" I could play with him to keep him interested.
  5. Eventually when we've got lots of trust and comfort between us, I'd like to find out how to do some of those fancy stretches and "tricks" to keep him in shape and make exercising more comfortable, plus I think it'll help build the trust bond even more.
  6. When he's closer to two years, I'd like to buy a little bareback pad (preferably the kind with the little plastic stirrups) so I can get him used to being cinched up, and have the feeling of stirrups dangling without all the weight and scary floppy things.
  7. As he gets older and used to the pad, I wanna make some kind of weights to attach to the pad, and eventually work up to being able to saddle him.
  8. After figuring out a decent bit to start with (I need help knowing what would be good and mild enough to use), I'd like to use this time left over to get him used to being bridled, and so I can ground work him into reining. I'm sure working on reining before this far along would be wise, but I'd like to learn how to and was hoping someone had a video or something demonstrating. I also have a couple of friends who may be able to help in person. If I'm still here in OK by this time, I'll be asking an older girl who has done BEAUTIFULLY gentling younger horses to help me out with these final steps. If I'm in CO at this time, I have a friend who loves horses quite passionately, whose step-dad raises and races horses, so I'm sure she'd be willing to help me out as well.
  9. The last step! The summer after he hits 3 years old I'll be putting my butt in that saddle, and hopefully I'll have done enough right to stay in the saddle. :)
Input, please.
     
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    01-18-2012, 03:47 PM
  #2
Showing
I think it's a very solid plan!

I do have a question though.. by groundwork did you include sacking out? Just wondering since it's a huge part of desensitizing and getting those spooks under control.
     
    01-18-2012, 03:51 PM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
I think it's a very solid plan!

I do have a question though.. by groundwork did you include sacking out? Just wondering since it's a huge part of desensitizing and getting those spooks under control.
Oh yeah, I never even thought of it, but I would have eventually. Ground work will include putting spooky tarps and anything that flaps in the wind once the basics are "mastered." I don't want a horse that thinks everything will eat it when I go to ride the first time.

Also, might I ask exactly what "sacking out" means? I've never heard the term.
     
    01-18-2012, 03:57 PM
  #4
Showing
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Originally Posted by Stoddard    
Oh yeah, I never even thought of it, but I would have eventually. Ground work will include putting spooky tarps and anything that flaps in the wind once the basics are "mastered." I don't want a horse that thinks everything will eat it when I go to ride the first time.

Also, might I ask exactly what "sacking out" means? I've never heard the term.
It's desensitizing the horse to certain things like saddle pads, sweaters, coats, blankets, umbrellas, plastic bags, etc. It can also be used to get a horse used to sounds like gunshots or whistles or car horns or clapping.

They do a good job of explaining the process Bombproof Your Horse the Mounted Patrol Training Way with Horse Desensitization | EquiSearch

But it helps the horse to be familiar with objects and build confidence.
     
    01-18-2012, 04:01 PM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
It's desensitizing the horse to certain things like saddle pads, sweaters, coats, blankets, umbrellas, plastic bags, etc.

They do a good job of explaining the process Bombproof Your Horse the Mounted Patrol Training Way with Horse Desensitization | EquiSearch

But it helps the horse to be familiar with objects and build confidence.
Thank you for the information. Gods, I keep thinking back to my old mare, Princess. A horse could run right at her (rider having lost control) and at the most she'd just flinch a little. I miss her. I'm hoping I can do well enough with Boots that he can eventually be my next dreamboat.

Princess was pretty much my dream horse, 'cept she was old. I didn't care though, she was good and it's all that mattered. She loved working, running - she hated that boring walk/trot stuff. :P I made her do it though.
     
    01-18-2012, 04:04 PM
  #6
Showing
I'm sure this horse will be a dream boat! Especially since you've got a plan in mind :) Keep us updated!
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