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    07-16-2013, 12:45 PM
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Foal
New to training.. 10 month old colt.. Advice?

Hello everyone!

My aunt has several horses, and has had them all her life. She has two paints with excellent bloodlines. I have purchased a 10 month old purebred paint colt from her. He is absolutely gorgeous. He has been worked with a little bit... Not much. He does pretty well for the farrier and absolutely nothing scares him. I began desensitizing him with bags, ropes, random objects etc. I can rub every part of him and not one thing bothers him, which amazes me. He is very confident and sweet (though he is in that mouthy stage). I am planning on getting him gelded this winter, as he will be a year september 20th.

My horse trainer recently moved to new jersey, so I am pretty much planning on doing most of the training myself. I have had lessons in natural horsemanship. I have access to most of the Pat Parelli dvds and what not. He likes to do nothing but bite the halter when I try and put it on him, unless he's distracted. I have been feeding it into his mouth and letting him bite it (as suggested by my trainer) and eventually he does give it up.

I need some advice on teaching him to lead and accept the halter without pretty much wanting to eat it. Also any tips on training would be great. He really is a gorgeous, well built little colt and I would love to get off to the right track with training.

Thanks for all your help!!
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    07-16-2013, 01:07 PM
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Yearling
My first piece of advise is to burn the Parelli DVD's.

At 10 months old, he needs to lead nicely, bathe, load and yield the shoulders and hips. Once you get that, just keep practicing with him. You need to fix the biting thing. Is he gelded? Is he going to be gelded? Gelding will help some with the biting thing. He's also just mouthy at his age due to his teeth but it has to be fixed.

You can pony him if you have a reliably riding horse, that's good for babies.
     
    07-16-2013, 01:13 PM
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Foal
He is not gelded but will be this winter. Would it be wrong to put a halter on him while he's eating or distracted, and let him wear it for awhile just to get him used to it?

I know I need to let him have a part in wearing the halter (ask him to put his head in it) and to not just put it on him...
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    07-16-2013, 01:16 PM
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Weanling
Just put it on him. He needs to see you as the leader. As you put it on and take it off, he will learn to stick his head in.
     
    07-16-2013, 01:20 PM
  #5
Foal
My trainer said he will eventually stop biting it. That's his only problem with that (we just weaned yesterday, late I know) so maybe that is a reason why its been so hard to work with him. He doesnt bite with aggression at all, he doesnt toss his head...
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    07-16-2013, 01:24 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by Blazeeofglory    
Hello everyone!

My aunt has several horses, and has had them all her life. She has two paints with excellent bloodlines. I have purchased a 10 month old purebred paint colt from her. He is absolutely gorgeous. He has been worked with a little bit... Not much. He does pretty well for the farrier and absolutely nothing scares him. I began desensitizing him with bags, ropes, random objects etc. I can rub every part of him and not one thing bothers him, which amazes me. He is very confident and sweet (though he is in that mouthy stage). I am planning on getting him gelded this winter, as he will be a year september 20th.

My horse trainer recently moved to new jersey, so I am pretty much planning on doing most of the training myself. I have had lessons in natural horsemanship. I have access to most of the Pat Parelli dvds and what not. He likes to do nothing but bite the halter when I try and put it on him, unless he's distracted. I have been feeding it into his mouth and letting him bite it (as suggested by my trainer) and eventually he does give it up.

I need some advice on teaching him to lead and accept the halter without pretty much wanting to eat it. Also any tips on training would be great. He really is a gorgeous, well built little colt and I would love to get off to the right track with training.

Thanks for all your help!!
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I'm just going to give you a heads up about allowing them to nip at the halter or lead when they are bored, or at any time for that matter. The farm that I got my horse from 20 yrs ago allows "babies" to do this especially in the show ring. They have & probably always will (received AQHA 50 yr breeder recognition a few years ago). They ARE NOT fly by the night trainers, and extremely well respected in the AQHA community = they know what they are doing.

HOWEVER, that little habit that they let the show babies get away with is one that a lot of owners of their horses have to deal with for a long time depending on the horse. I'm still dealing with it all these years later. They get in the habit of just playing with the rope or halter and it's nearly impossible to break them of that.

Otherwise, good luck! And keep the questions coming. There's so much experience to learn from here.
     
    07-16-2013, 01:25 PM
  #7
Weanling
Most colts are mouthy, they outgrow it. Never let him get away with nipping you, though. Give him a good jab, I like elbows. Doesn't matter if he is intentionally aggressive or you, he is big and capable of hurting you. The sooner he sees you as the leader, the safer you will be as you continue his training.
     
    07-16-2013, 01:26 PM
  #8
Yearling
If you're going to put a halter on him and leave it, it needs to have a leather crown piece so if he gets into trouble, it will break and he won't get hurt.
He's not going to eventually stop biting unless you correct it. That's how baby behavior becomes a problem - when it's not addressed.
He is learning his place in the world and he has to understand that you are not a herd mate. It won't take much to correct but it needs to be firmly dealt with. A "NO!" and a pop on the nose, should fix it. Then rub and scratch the face so he knows you're not going to hit him every time you come near his face.

Weaned at 10 months...yeah that's late, but all weanlings are a little squirly at first. Just remember to form the behavior you want.
     
    07-16-2013, 01:26 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by Blazeeofglory    
My trainer said he will eventually stop biting it. That's his only problem with that (we just weaned yesterday, late I know) so maybe that is a reason why its been so hard to work with him. He doesnt bite with aggression at all, he doesnt toss his head...
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You posted when I was typing, lol.

They DON'T grow out of it. I REALLY wish they did, but I haven't met one yet that has.
     
    07-16-2013, 01:36 PM
  #10
Foal
He rarely nips at me, just the halter. Should I give him a tap on the nose when he goes to nip at the halter too, or just me? By the way, I am using a rope halter is anyone was wondering.

Sorry for all the questions.. It makes me sound so inexperienced... But everyone learns somewhere and I've never delt with babies before!

Thanks for all the advice so far.. Much appreciated!
     

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