03-21-2007, 01:28 PM
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I would strongly, strongly suggest you get your fiance to help you. He doesn't have to do everything, but someone that hasn't been around horses for a long time and a young horse is usually a recipe for disaster. I am not denying your bond with Buddy, but you would both greatly benifit with having, a "mentor" I guess you could say. Have your fiance help you, there is no shame in that. Set up a schedule with him and pick out days where he could help you. Start slowly, and once he has mastered one task, move on to the next one. Take things very very slowly. You said Buddy was two, I would geld him if you don't plan on breeding him. Geldings are usually much easier to handle than stallions. Even if he is the nicest horse in the world, natural instinct can come out and he can act "studdish". For the time being, I would just work on getting him used to everything. Take him on walks, work on ground manners, teach him to stand square, back up, and turn around. Teach him verbal commands. Do some round pen work with him. Put a saddle on the ground and just let him see it and sniff it. Take objects that would seem scarry to a horse and get him used to them by brubbing them on his body. Work on him picking up his feet, do some work with the clippers and get him used to those. Too many people these days start their horses too young. Horse's bones need to mature and their joints need to fuse before they can start alot of work. Wait until Buddy is well into his third year before you think about breaking him to ride. But for the time being, just do lots and lots and lots of ground work. If your horse respects you on the ground, there is more of a chance he will respect you when you begin riding him. Just remeber, he is still a baby. This stuff is new to him, and if he doesnt get it right away, don't get frustrated with him. He just doesn't unterstand what you are asking of him. Be sure to always reward him when he does something right. Just take is nice and easy, and seek help from your fiance. Never be afraid to as for help.