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        08-01-2008, 03:26 PM
    Originally Posted by G&K's Mom
    Do you have a trainer in your area that could come out and spend a few hours with you and your guy. They could give you some hands on pointers.

    Question? Why would you want to start with a baby if the only experience you have is out of books?

    It may just be the angle he's at, but he looks a bit wormy or hay belly.
    My uncles dad is a retired horse trainer and he can give me help if I need it that badly. He had to retire for medical reasons.

    And because when I bought him I had a lot more help then I do right now with training him and caring for him. Plus I thought it would be a great learning experience.

    He had a bit of hay belly, considering that picture was takin' in February and he was getting back on pasture and not just hay and grain.
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        08-01-2008, 04:30 PM
    Can you get him a goat or some sort of friend? Horses should not have to live alone... You should definitely rent videos, read books, do all you can to get professional help.

    Unfortunately, green riders and young green horses are a terrible combination. Eventually he will be a BIG green horse that no one wants. This groups is great for training info, but it will really benefit you if you have someone there with you showing you proper techniques.
        08-01-2008, 04:47 PM
    Originally Posted by FlameFox
    Originally Posted by palogal
    Ground work is find for foals. Be careful - he's developing and is not ready for hard work. No lunging, no round penning no circling, it's hard on the joints. Teach him to load in the trailer! It's easier when they're little.
    Oh okay!!!! So the lunging and stuff like that comes when he is older? Like 2-3 years old or older?

    I don't own my own trailer yet! I've been trying to find one that I can purchase. Last time he was loaded into one was in April/May and he was a little difficult, so I know that's something I have to work on. I've actually been reading a lot on the proper way to get him in when he resists ect. With any luck I will be able to get a trailer in the next few weeks!
    It's a matter of opinion really, I don't lunge until they're 2 and then I start breaking to ride. As a yearling, you have all kinds of kinks in the works. Growth spurts that give them the uncoordinated baby movement, not to mention the knees are not closed. Most vets will tell you 2 is ok for lunging. I start with very light lunging. If you have another horse you can pony the little one and take walks, that's pretty fun but you have to have a really patient horse to do this with.
    You can also teach him to bathe and clip as a yearling.
        08-01-2008, 09:33 PM
    Ground work, ground work, ground work. Like trotting with you, pivots, setting up, standing, etc. Play with him a lot, socialize and lead him everywhere and let him see all he can!
        08-02-2008, 05:08 AM
    When my horse was a yearling, I did a lot of ground work teaching him to respect my space, like using a whip or your hand to *gently* tap his hind end to step away while his front end stays still -- that kind of thing.

    I also played around with him to the point that he accepted me crawling under him (although I really don't recommend doing this ... I was a pretty good horse person at this time and my horse was pretty much dead quiet), hugging him, even leaning on and climbing on him a little. It's a good time to practice getting your horse to stand patiently at a mounting block too, even though of course you won't get on his back yet.
    You can also encourage him to follow you over tarps you've spread on the ground, over small obstacles (that you step over), into water, all that good stuff that horses are afraid of. I even draped tarps over my horse ... and if it's any measure, he's eight now and will stand for hours in crossties, pick his feet up on verbal command, follow me with the lead slung over his neck, let me wave a flag while seated on his back, and wait like a champ at the mounting block. The only thing we didn't do was trailer load regularly, and I regret it ... he really doesn't like to load unless he's seen another horse walk into the big dark scary box first. ; )

    Seriously too ... Please. Get a trainer. You're really brave for wanting to do this, but it would be terrible for your learning experience to land your horse with permanent training issues and/or you with a serious injury. Even really experienced riders can get really hurt working with young horses, and even really nice horses can hurt riders. For example, my super-sweet, super-docile horse accidentally threw a professional rider once when he was a three-year-old, and broke half of the guy's ribs ... and working with older horses who have training issues is a whole lot worse, because bad habits cement with each time they go uncorrected.

    Also, try moving your horse to another property with other horses ... it will keep him from getting bored, and the other horse people will keep you company too : )
        08-02-2008, 10:28 AM
    Sorry its taken a while for me to get back to you, but the Clinton Anderson training is on a DVD. Its a 6 DVD set. I got mine on Ebay if your wanting to shop around.
    I misread your opening post and thought he was only 3-4 months old. The 10-15 min. Rule doesnt hold for a yearling Still nothing too strenuous like continuous lunging in the same direction till he's at least 2 as others have posted.

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