Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Keep reinforcing the basics, but let him be a horse! Youngsters learn more from being in a herd of horses than you can teach him, as far as body language and respect go.
Other than that, make sure you can touch him all over. Play with his ears, neck, body, belly, legs, etc etc.
You can try some leading exercises, like working around an obstacle course of "scary" stuff, like walking over/under a tarp, around cones, over poles, etc. Desensitizing him to this stuff now will pay off big when you're working him under saddle and he doesn't freak out over the wind blowing from a different direction.
Keep him up to date on all vaccines, farrier work and deworming - that is something, as a buyer, I always look at.
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