New Youngster, Unsure of Where To Go

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    09-02-2010, 07:02 PM
New Youngster, Unsure of Where To Go

Alright, so I started this new Working student job and I've been here for two weeks. They gave me my own youngster to start with, her name is First Wish (I keep calling her Last Wish on accident..... lmao) she's a 3yo Trekehner Mare approx 15 hands tall right now (Still growing!)

Here's my dilemma, these youngsters aren't messed with when they're born, they're left to "be babies" out in the field until they're 3. My thoughts were "Holy crap, this baby is going to be WILD." But, fortunately Jean breeds for temperament (sp?) before anything else. So this baby isn't spooked by saddles, saddle pads, bags, whips, nothing. Whenever I've started a horse its always been with desensitizing first, then working later.

I guess I'm kind of thrown off because the desensitizing doesn't need to happen. She does however need to work on leading, she wants to walk really really slow, and won't move forward. She respects my space, yields her hind end and shoulders to me. We're working on being counter-bent to me, but that's a work in progress...

I guess, where should I go with this mare? Advice? Suggestions? I'm still working with her, free lunging her, walking with her, and just being around her and in her stall.

Also, here they use a bit of natural horsemanship, but its not only that, we work with a little bit of everything.

Sorry for the novel... Lol!
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    09-02-2010, 08:10 PM
Green Broke
You could always test her? See how she reacts to everything you used to do with any other horse. Or you could pretend that you already desensitized her and what would you do with a normal horse after desensitizing them? Does that even make sense? Lol

You could also try when your leading her to move faster by increasing your speed pretty quick, that might help, or you could just tap her on the butt and see if she moves faster?
    09-02-2010, 08:10 PM
Green Broke
And I'm very jealous of you right now :) lol you must be having soo much fun!
    09-02-2010, 09:32 PM
What is se going to be doing? I was a working student at a breeding farm, with warmbloods, last year. We mainly just worked on leading, cross tie manners and enjoying being groomed, and getting ready to be broken. At three they were all broken and worked with under saddle. Have fun with your youngster!
    09-02-2010, 10:03 PM
Well, I love it down here, but its A LOT of work. Lol.

Well, at home I would put the saddle on and start lunging her with it. But I'm worried that they'll think I'm rushing it. They're big here with making an emotional connection, and communicating with the horse. Which is something I haven't done a lot of...

I tried doing join up with her several times, and its just not working. I push, and push and push her, and then pull back and "Draw" her towards me. But she just turns and looks at me... I'm a little lost there.

She's going to be trained for dressage, which my boss says I don't know enough about to start breaking her... so I'm a little confused as to why she'd give me a horse to start..
    09-03-2010, 12:00 AM
Originally Posted by RogueMare    
She's going to be trained for dressage, which my boss says I don't know enough about to start breaking her... so I'm a little confused as to why she'd give me a horse to start..
To me, there's no reason you couldn't start getting her ready to be saddled.
Get her lunging on a rope with a saddle blanket and surcingle on her for a while and then move her up to being lunged with a saddle. Start asking her to accept the bridle and mouth her.
Have you been given a timeline of where you're meant to be with the horse in X number of weeks?
You might not be a high level dressage trainer or anything, but there's no reason to me that you couldn't be getting her ready to accept a rider and even getting her moving forward with voice commands.
I'd be confused as well.
    09-03-2010, 09:48 AM
A lot of times the communication sucks down here really really bad. They haven't given me a timeline, but when one of the other working students was going to fast, they told her to slow down... I'm thinking I'll get the lunging down with voice commands with her, and teach her to walk at a decent pace next to me.
    09-03-2010, 11:38 AM
What I am doing with Pepper is putting the saddle blanket on, bareback pad (with girth), putting the English on, sliding in the Curved Bit, she takes these like a champ.
She walks okay-ish.

You said that they want a good Emotional connection, I would spend a few minutes with the little mare with some apples before you work, scratch behind her ears, just let her know that she can lean on you.

Lunging is a huge thing for my dad, I honestly lung Pepper twice a week with voice commands, walking in, etc. Because Pepper is a 2yr old Arabian I don't do alot of heavy work (I can not imagine a horse being left until they are three, I couldn't do it.)
After I spend time with her I normally put my arms around her tummy with pressure on her back, just to get her used to my floppy weight.

I do hope this all helps!
    09-03-2010, 06:55 PM
Green Broke
Weird that she wouldn't do well with join up.. maybe when she looks like she is confused push her on again. Is she showing all the signs?

And I would get the lunging down perfect if you don't want to look like your going to fast with her. Like voice commands.
    09-03-2010, 09:29 PM
Well, scratch all the work I've done with her. The owner decided to give her to a guest trainer who came in today, so now I have nothing to work with. Go me.

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