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post #1 of 18 Old 03-08-2013, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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I just bought a new colt for $100. He is a beautiful buckskin who is suppose to be a Tennessee Walking horse. Not really sure however what he is. I did not buy him because of his breed so it does not matter to me. I have never owned a colt before so I'm not really sure what I should do to train him. My mom has had a foal before so we are not COMPLETELY lost. I am simpily looking for ways to train him and get him used to things. Me and my mom need some ideas and are open to any suggestions. We know we need to desensitize him to all things and things he may see on a trail, but we don't have any ideas on ways to do so. So basically looking for activities to do with him, things to do to him, or ways to help him learn. My
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post #2 of 18 Old 03-08-2013, 09:10 PM
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Need more info.....How old is this new colt & is he still a colt?? If he is first things first,arrange to get gelded. What does he know already? So we can suggest on what next to work on or were to start.
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post #3 of 18 Old 03-09-2013, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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He is about 8 months old. We have been working on leading. By the neck an all different kinds. Other than that nothing really. We can pick his feet up and are working on getting him to stand tied.
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post #4 of 18 Old 03-09-2013, 12:32 PM
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This colt is only 8 months old if your consistent with him you don't have to rush to geld him. Lots of people have opinions on when to geld. I work with mine pretty frequently so they are just as well behaved as my adult horses, mostly, gotta give them some amount of error since they are young . Anyway I because I work with them so much I don't geld till they are 1 1/2 or two when they drop both testicles that way the vet doesn't have to go digging for them and when they are both down the surgery is much easier on the horse. If you don't have any mares he can get to or a place where he can be seperate with a gelding this is an option for you.Now as for things to do with the new baby: pick up all four feet, pet everywhere, disengage both the fore and hind quarters with a touch, send through gates, perfect leading skills, back up with command and touch or halter pressure, join up (I can go into further details if you want to learn this. Great for bonding and catching even when they don't want you to ), I like to put saddle pads on them, introduce them to noises and different people, train them to load in the trailer, haul them to rodeos for the sights and sounds, I hug them so they get comfortable about me putting ropes around their neck, and I just like to give them hugs sometimes haha, I lead them with a rope around their neck, and teach them to go over obstacles. Be sure in your training the colt always respects your space when they crowd push them back immediately! Remember to work on one thing at a time babies have short attention spans when they master something end it there I usually work on something 15 to 20 minutes. Work on one thing at a time for like 2 or 3 days when they get really good at it move on to something else then do refreshers here and there. Be sure to give them breaks just spend some days just going into the pasture petting and brushing them. Now when they get great at all those things over the months and they have a good education I turn them out in the pasture with adult horses who will give them further education on manners, respect, and how to be a good horse. At this point I just play with them and pet them in the pasture daily then I take them out for refreshers twice a month. At around 2 is when I start doing some more desinsitizing work, start putting saddles on, ground driving, and lunging for short periods but that's a while for you. Just enjoy this baby and as his education get's pretty good treat him manner wise like you would an adult horse. That is what I expect of mine, occasionally they make mistakes which is fine given their age but make sure mistakes are corrected immediately. Growing with a baby is great it will help you become better at working with horses and get you more intune to horse body language. Enjoy you baby and have fun!
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post #5 of 18 Old 05-15-2013, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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He now knows how to load and back off a trailer. He stands tied, walks through water, and will pick up his feet. I must correct myself on a previous comment, he was only 6 months old at the time and is now 9 months old. I can really use suggestions on any training tips. He is really calm and willing to try anything, and so am I!!!
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post #6 of 18 Old 05-15-2013, 09:54 PM
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Wheres the pics! ?
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post #7 of 18 Old 05-16-2013, 06:04 PM
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I like to do obstacle course with mine as babies. Walk them over tarps, set up poles and weave him through them, set cones up and do figure 8s, walk him over poles, etc.
This really helps build trust. Start putting saddle pads on his back, and if you have got a little youth saddle or something start setting that on his back. ( only put very little saddles on their backs at this age, like, 10lb saddles. If you put a big saddle on them it can hurt their backs at this age, but a little saddle helps get them used to the sound of leather and stuff)

Def need pics of him though!!!!
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Wheres the pics! ?
No joke! :)
If he's 6 months old, let him be a baby. Brush him, go for walks, pick up the feet and give him baths.
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Definitely agree with the gelding, do you plan on gelding him? And you've gotten some good advice. Do everything you can, but don't push him too hard, he is young so keep that in mind!

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post #10 of 18 Old 05-24-2013, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Haven't figured out how to post pictures. I DO plan on gelding him. He is great. We have been putting a saddle pad on him are still working on leading because he gets lazy. The obstacle course is something I'm going to try soon. We are able to lift his feet and we TRIED giving him a bath. He didnt act to bad but doesn't really like it either :~) we can clip him and a few other things. He has a long way to go but he's coming along. Still need suggestions! :)
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