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        09-05-2009, 11:04 PM
    Newbie to Training

    Hey guys I just bought my first horse 2 months ago and don't want to mess anything up. He is still young, but has been backed and knows simple commands. But Im afraid Im going to bore him. Any tips for training exercises, or techniques to keep him busy and learning? Oh he is 2 and a half years old, Thoroughbred, and I would say he is a little less and 16hh. I know I need to go easy on riding him since he is young but He had been backed by his previous owner and I don't want to take steps back. When I get on him I only ride for a MAX of 25minutes, only at a walk, doing lots of circles and backing up. I will tratt for a MAX of 10 steps, just to get him used to the command. I tent to not be able to sit it very long anyways since he is very uncomfotable.
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        09-05-2009, 11:05 PM
    Oh before I forget I have green "broke" several horses and ponies, but havent had a lot of experience finishing a horse.
        09-05-2009, 11:29 PM
    I'll let other people help you for most of it, but I do want to mention you should probably be posting, not sitting the trot to start. It will give him a better experience with trottong in the beginning and free up his back.
        09-06-2009, 09:20 AM
    That's really good that you are taking it so slowly with your horse. 2 1/2 years is very young, even for TB's who may race for the Triple Crown as three year olds. Taking it slow and easy now will pay dividends farther down the road.

    As far as something to keep your horse interested, I really like trail riding, if you have access to trails. Rides don't have to be long, no rule says that you have to trot at all yet. Getting out of the arena keeps their minds fresh, and the varied terrian can help them build muscle in all the right places. Again, because your horse is so young, you may want to take extra precautions, if you aren't already, with a set of support boots. SMB's are a good name, but I've heard good things about AirBoots and other brands. Depending on your experience with them, polo wraps can be good, but if you choose to go that route, please be sure that you know how to correctly apply them, for the safety of your horse.

    Have fun, and best of luck!
        09-06-2009, 08:53 PM
    I agree with Scoutrider when it comes to trails. They are the easiest way to spook proof a horse and not bore them. Going up and down hills will also muscle him up. I'd say work on bending and work with other horses. You can also work over ground poles, but only a little
        09-06-2009, 09:49 PM
    I would work on him understanding what it is your hands mean when you do certain things, such as turning, pivoting, yadda yadda. I would establish that he does not do anything forward or backwards unless asked of him. I work that my horse does not take one step forward unless asked of her. When I say lope, we lope, we don't piddle fart around with that fast trot getting into the lope. Work on listened solely to you when you're on him. Build that trust needed to correctly do all the manuevers you plan to ask of him. Do lots and lots and lots of ground work no matter how much you may or may not hate it. You'll love yourself for it in the end.
        09-07-2009, 05:27 PM
    Thanks guys for the posts.
    I wish I had trails to ride opn, but the stable I board him at doesnt have enough land. Sadly they don't have any trails. :( Ill try riding him around the property though that might keep him interested. I work alot on stopping, starting and backing up right now. He knows how to turn like a champ already. Whats nice is he turn almost completly by leg commands, he is very very light on the mouth. When I first got him he wouldnt back up, but after practicing alot I barely have to tell him to back up and he does it. The other really big thing I have spent hours working on is trotting beside me. When I first got him he would actually start to freak out whenever I tried to get him to trot beside me, but with help of another boarder at the barn coaksing him with a lunging whip and just letting him get over it, and now he does it like he has been doing it for years. No more freak outs, YAY. He is such a quick learner though. Everyone at the barn is jealous at how smart and quiet he is. At only 2 1/2 I could walk under him he is that quite. I do loads of groundwork, Lately I've been working on practicing getting him square, because I hope by next year Ill be able to take him to a couple of schooling shows and show him in some halter classes. The biggest problem I've been having lately is that whenever we stop he turns his butt away from me so he isnt straight, do any of you have any suggestions that could help?
        09-07-2009, 06:32 PM
    I was going to say trail riding, too lol. Anyway, I like the Parelli 7 Games. It's a great way to build trust and respect.
        09-07-2009, 10:09 PM
    When a horse turns his butt away it's very tricky for me. This is mainly because when they are baby babies, it's better for their butts to be away as a sign of respect and so they won't kick me.

    How do you ask him to stop when you're doing the halter? There's a chance that your body language is telling him to do so. You can try a "shoot". You take two jumps about two feet and make enough space between them so you can walk (or it can be the wall and a jump). It just has to be in an area where when you ask him to stop he can't sidestep in any direction. He could just not know what your asking.
        09-07-2009, 10:35 PM
    Im not familiar with the parelli games, what is the best sourse to find those?

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