Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: on the way to Hell in a Handbasket
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!