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post #1 of 20 Old 08-27-2007, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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New Yearling

My in-laws are buying a 2 for 1 package which is a mare that is broke already and ready to ride and the other is a yearling.

I am new to horses and would like to take this yearling and get him where he needs to be as far as riding and penning. Does anyone have any suggestions or know any websites that may get me on the right road to training him? Thank you for your time...

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post #2 of 20 Old 08-27-2007, 07:00 PM
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hi..
I don't mean to sound rude,but if you are new to horses the last thing you should be doing is training a yearling.either this baby needs to go to a professional educater or someone who is very experienced with horses.
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I definitely don't want to be rude either hun, but I totally agree with Bee. There's a saying that goes green + green = black and blue! I have seen it many times before, mostly with parents who think it would be wonderful to get a young or baby horse for there child to "grow up with" but I've known very green adults who have done the same with the same bad result. My advice to you would be not to get the yearling, unless you have some very exprienced people around who are willing to come out and give you a hand and your willing to put a lot of time into learning as much as you possibly can! Is he a pretty laid back and had some training done already or is he pretty wild? And how inexprienced are you? His temperment and your level of inexprienceness( lol is that even a word?) should play a big part in your decision! Otherwise, if you get him regardless, your next best bet would be to get some training dvds. With the DVDs you can actually watch and see what they're taking about versus just reading it. They are a bit expensive but usually worth it. I personally like Clinton Anderson, he has a good way of breaking things down and explaining what he's doing, he has very good communication skills. I just like they way he trains a bit better then some of the other clinicians/trainers. There are a lot of them out there and it would be a good idea to look around for somebody whose training methods best suit you! There are alot of people that like Pat Parelli and John Lyons, they're pretty popular. Anyways I hope I didn't come off as being rude and hopefully helped you out a bit!
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post #4 of 20 Old 08-28-2007, 12:37 AM
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Yeah, I'd wait...'cause if you're super new to horses, the last thing you wanna do is train a yearling!
Listen to everyone else's advice, I agree with them. ;)
You should, however, research horses more & work on your riding; the more you ride the better you get!
I just think you probably aren't ready for that...like everyone else said.
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post #5 of 20 Old 08-28-2007, 04:47 AM
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keith not to sound rude either, but I have to agree with what every one else is saying, i've seen first hand what a unexpierenced can do to a young horse, may suguest that you just sit back and watch this little guy grow some more (he will) and in that mean time take some ridding lessons

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post #6 of 20 Old 08-28-2007, 07:58 AM
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hey, yeh I kinda agree with everyone else but if you are willing to learn tones of things and you have loads of people around you that no about horses and are willing to give a hand then all means go for it.
I would say that your best bet is to get yourself an old horse just to start of with, there for the horse will (hopfuly) be educated and you will learn with this horse...and after that who nos then you could go on a get yourself a yearling and teach that just lik you hav been taught what you no.

No one hear is trying to be rude or anything its just that if you put to and to together then yeh could end up a bit messy...do your homework and get educated or at least people who no what they are basicly talkin about, to help you out.
Everyone needs to start somewhere but I wouldnt sugest to start with a yearling, an old horse is always the best (when they have had basic education or more).

Please don't take this the wrong way we are all just trying to help!!! There will be many more horses that will come in your life if this is the path that you chose don't think that this yearling will be the only one.
Hope all of us help you a little...
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post #7 of 20 Old 08-28-2007, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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I understand all this completely. I guess my main post should have been a little more clear. My neighbor has been training horses for 30+ years. He is also teaching all of us to ride. He is more than willing to help and even seems really excited about it.

What I really meant by the post and the information I was trying to gather is that I would like to watch video or read books so I would not be completely unintelligent when he started helping me. Terminology, tack names, etc...

I will learn and I will even post pics when he gets here and then post pics later of me on him;);)

Thanks for the help everyone....
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I did what you are talking about. My husband and I were green + green. Luckily we didn't get too black & blue. We bought our baby at 6 months (he is now the 2 year freisian in the critique area). What we learned is geld him early (colts like to bite). Wear good gloves. Learn their body language quickly (they like to kick). Always demand their respect (they test you all the time and they are VERY strong). They also have very little patience (standing still is tough to train). And be prepared to spend lots of time and get lots of help. We spent 3-4 hours every night teaching him ground manners. Videos are great at showing you some of the different situations you may encounter but you really need an experienced hand there to show you how to handle the situation you are in at THAT moment. One good example is how I learned to lead my horse. When I first started leading him, he just tried to do whatever he wanted. I couldn't understand why this horse wouldn't follow! I got the trainer and it was like magic. The horse looked like he was a professional! Turned out that I kept watching the horse and not where I was going. Also I was not walking with "purpose". Now we have a well trained 2 year old. But I can tell you that we wouldn't have been able to do it without all the support of expert trainers at the boarding facility. You really have to know yourself and have realistic expectations of what you are willing to do and put up with. If you raise your own.... you will have a horse like no other.
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post #9 of 20 Old 08-28-2007, 11:38 PM
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Yes I tottally I agree with everyone....Only VERY VERY VERY VERY experianced people should attempt breaking in a young horse

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post #10 of 20 Old 08-30-2007, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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They are finally home

We got the horses here yesterday and the mare and colt were quite well behaved. They lead pretty good and are gentle. My neighbor came over and was looking over them and the mare is a very good horse. She stands while he poked around at her a bit and she never even flenched. Here are a few pics of them.
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