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        05-04-2011, 12:42 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Newish to horse training, any tips?

    Hello! I'm new here

    I've got a three and a half year old quarter horse mix gelding, who is eventually supposed to be my trail horse.
    We've been working with him for about a year (I know, I know, 2 and 1/2 is too young to start riding a horse...)
    But all of his training up until now has been very light. We started with just light round pen work, tacking up, messing with feet, introducing scary objets (we have yet to find one that phases him), etc.
    We started ponying him on trail rides and eventually, the next step was to get on him.
    Since then, he has learned to walk and trot short distances with a rider (never canter), back up, respond to leg pressure, and is starting to understand neck reigning.
    He has been an absolute dream to work with, he is so sweet and respectful and smart.
    I have trained one other horse in my lifetime, but his training was very basic at best. I never used him for more than trail riding. I would really like to take this horse farther than my last one...
    I used to show in english and western, but I always had horses that new how to do things. I just had to learn the commands. This little guy is no show horse, but I would really like to discipline him as one.
    I guess my question is, what should I teach him next? And how?

    He is so smart and loves learning new things, and I need a few beneficial training drills that we can play with since he is still too young to do any serious stuff. Anything beyond neck reigning and backing up would be great
         
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        05-05-2011, 11:29 AM
      #2
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by missmellow    
    Hello! I'm new here

    I've got a three and a half year old quarter horse mix gelding, who is eventually supposed to be my trail horse.
    We've been working with him for about a year (I know, I know, 2 and 1/2 is too young to start riding a horse...)
    But all of his training up until now has been very light. We started with just light round pen work, tacking up, messing with feet, introducing scary objets (we have yet to find one that phases him), etc.
    We started ponying him on trail rides and eventually, the next step was to get on him.
    Since then, he has learned to walk and trot short distances with a rider (never canter), back up, respond to leg pressure, and is starting to understand neck reigning.
    He has been an absolute dream to work with, he is so sweet and respectful and smart.
    I have trained one other horse in my lifetime, but his training was very basic at best. I never used him for more than trail riding. I would really like to take this horse farther than my last one...
    I used to show in english and western, but I always had horses that new how to do things. I just had to learn the commands. This little guy is no show horse, but I would really like to discipline him as one.
    I guess my question is, what should I teach him next? And how?

    He is so smart and loves learning new things, and I need a few beneficial training drills that we can play with since he is still too young to do any serious stuff. Anything beyond neck reigning and backing up would be great

    Well it sounds like he has a great base to start off with, so good job on that.

    I guess it depends on what you want to teach him. I am a firm believer that most horses can perform most English and western tasks (mind you it does NOT mean they will be good at it :P )

    I would teach him the basics of what you want to go into with him. For example, if you want to do reining, really work on turning and yielding his hind and front. You want to make him light on his cues so that he can later learn how to roll back and do a sliding stop. Also teach him to back long distances, and back straight up. Using leg cues is extremely important.

    If you want to teach him something like barrel racing, I would start introducing him to the barrels at a walk. Get him used to just walking the pattern. It will set him up to be able to run the patterns later.

    A horse this young will always benefit to learning to yield to leg pressure, no matter what you want him to do. Practice that, along with getting him to bend at the poll. Another important lesson is a "fear" lesson. In other words desensitize him and get him to understand that when he is afraid he needs to look to you for leadership. That will give him confidence no matter what he goes into.

    And my best advice: Whatever discipline you decide to go into, find a trainer who has trained a horse in that discipline before. They can give you the best excersizes, lessons, or training that your horse will need to excel and really understand what you want from him

    Sorry for the novel, hope that helps!!
         
        05-05-2011, 11:49 AM
      #3
    Foal
    Thank you for your input
    I know my question is rather broad, so sorry everyone!
    Let me try to narrow it down...

    I would like to make him a good all around horse.
    He has a pretty color (red line-back dun) and is about 15h, but he has a very small frame and narrow chest and back. (not really sure what he is...maybe I'll post a picture later.)
    If I had it my way I woul teach him everything, but I've never ridden anything beyond western and english pleasure (which I used to be very good at...not so sure anymore!) and trail courses.

    Someone posted a "horse fantasy" thread which got me thinking...I have always been so intrigued with dressage although I don't know too much about it. It is just so beautiful to me and the level of control and communication involved is incredible :) This guy is clearly not going to be anyone's top pick as a dressage horse, but maybe I could work in that direction just for fun since it is something I always wished I coul pursue...

    Obviously He is not there yet. He has a lot of riding hours to get in still, but are there any dressage people out there with some helpful ground exercises or any small challenges that we can mess around with that are at (or not far off from) our current level?
         
        05-05-2011, 11:55 AM
      #4
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by missmellow    
    Thank you for your input
    I know my question is rather broad, so sorry everyone!
    Let me try to narrow it down...

    I would like to make him a good all around horse.
    He has a pretty color (red line-back dun) and is about 15h, but he has a very small frame and narrow chest and back. (not really sure what he is...maybe I'll post a picture later.)
    If I had it my way I woul teach him everything, but I've never ridden anything beyond western and english pleasure (which I used to be very good at...not so sure anymore!) and trail courses.

    Someone posted a "horse fantasy" thread which got me thinking...I have always been so intrigued with dressage although I don't know too much about it. It is just so beautiful to me and the level of control and communication involved is incredible :) This guy is clearly not going to be anyone's top pick as a dressage horse, but maybe I could work in that direction just for fun since it is something I always wished I coul pursue...

    Obviously He is not there yet. He has a lot of riding hours to get in still, but are there any dressage people out there with some helpful ground exercises or any small challenges that we can mess around with that are at (or not far off from) our current level?

    Well dressage for me is probably the one I know the least about. However I know there are many people on here who are extremely talented in dressage. Any horse can do dressage, and it is good for them. It really frees them up to do any discipline and teaches them basic flexing and control, along with sensitivity to cues.

    Sorry I can't help more but you picked a good discipline, dressage is a beautiful art and can teach so much to both horse and rider.

    Good luck :)
         
        05-05-2011, 12:02 PM
      #5
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Lakotababii    
    Well dressage for me is probably the one I know the least about. However I know there are many people on here who are extremely talented in dressage. Any horse can do dressage, and it is good for them. It really frees them up to do any discipline and teaches them basic flexing and control, along with sensitivity to cues.

    Sorry I can't help more but you picked a good discipline, dressage is a beautiful art and can teach so much to both horse and rider.

    Good luck :)
    Thanks that's what I've heard and I think that's why I like it so much. Any horse can lumber down a trail (well, at least any horse that I've ever owned...) But I feel like it takes a really special level of communication between horse and rider to do dressage.
    Unfortunately, The only time i've ever done any research on it, I couldn't find ANYTHING. Like its some closely guarded seret or something lol. It seems like the only way to actually do it is to have a trainer
         

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