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post #1 of 13 Old 11-18-2009, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Not sure what to do next?

I have 2 weanlings that i got 3 weeks ago. Since then they have come on loads. They are in the stable together as i was unable to separate them. Ruby is 6 months and Poppy is 5 months. I have been doing a little a day but im not sure how to bring them on abit further.

Ruby was at first the more experianced, but over time Poppy has become a little more braver. Ruby dosn't like the broom at all, but i dont know how to 'cure' that. She is getting really crabby especially with Poppy.
Her progress so far:
  1. I can brush her all over apart from her back legs and tail.
  2. I can take the headcolar on and off.
  3. I can lead her (with hay tempting her on.)
  4. She picks up her feet almost perfectly.
I think thats it, although it may seem like little. She is really good but im not sure what to do next. Me and my sister were leading her the other day and she must have got excited, and she kicked my sister in the head!! Should i let her out in the field, or wait until she is a little bit more comfortable being caught? Also how do you teach a horse to lead, or do they just pick it up?

Poppy was untouchable at first. My dad put her headcollar on, after much fuss. She is a little darling, she follows me around the stable, grooms me etc... However she has not been outside the stable at all. I groom her in the stable and everything.
Her progress so far:
  1. I can touch her all over
  2. I can brush her all over apart from her back legs
  3. She picks up her front feet for a couple of seconds.
  4. Lets me clip the lead rein on
  5. I can get her to back up.
Its alot more than Ruby but i still want her to keep moving. Im not sure whether to take the headcollar on or take it off. I have the same problem with her as i do with Ruby, she wont walk on the lead. I really want to lead her out im just worried that she might run off!

I just need a little advice. Shall i let them into the field or keep them in for a bit longer? Do they need chaff in their feed of just stud cubes?
Thank you!!
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post #2 of 13 Old 11-18-2009, 01:49 PM
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I would work, on the above as you stated, until they can do it in stride, but to add onto your routine i would also work on making it so they are easier to catch, :) that way when you are ready to turn them out, you wont have a hard time, do you have a round pen or a smaller enclosure ?

Also you might want to work on Tieing them up :) So that they stand still.
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post #3 of 13 Old 11-18-2009, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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I dont have a round pen, but i have a smaller field that i work with them in.
Poppy already ties up, Ruby does but only with a haynet.
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post #4 of 13 Old 11-18-2009, 03:04 PM
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What do mean by 'broom'?

Why are their back legs not being messed with? Do they always kick? That's a problem that needs to be taken care of while they are still small, or it will just get worse. Take a rope, or a long stick with a glove attached, and get them used to their back legs and under belly being touched. Your sister getting kicked in the head is not a good situation at all, it is very dangerous. If you are scared, call in a professional. Also, a rump rope will help when leading, but, you can't use that since their back feet can't be messed with. I would seriously work on those back feet before anything else. When they kick, get on to them. When they don't kick, use the approach and retreat method.

I have a 5 month old colt, you can touch him everywhere, his sheath, ears, everywhere and I don't have to worry about being kicked. Of course he was handled at birth, then his mom kept him away from us until we caught him and moved him to a small pen recently. But my mom went out there and worked on petting him everyday for about 10-15 minutes, as anything longer than that, they get bored as their attention span is short.

But you don't need to be in a rush, you can only do so much until they are old enough for saddle time.

I would not turn them loose until they are easy to catch.

I am not trying to sound mean, but those are just things I would work with first. ;)

Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back. -- Unkown
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post #5 of 13 Old 11-18-2009, 03:12 PM
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yes i understand your problem! we had a young pony who needed to be brought along a lot but he wasn't at quite an early stage as you but i still understand the situation you're in!
well first of all i'd keep up what you're doing consistently for a few more weeks and then maybe i'd let them out in to a small paddock.
to catch them you should always use the same tone of voice and at first use the help of a bucket of feed as in to get the message across that when i want to catch you, its a good thing! :) i hope this helps!

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like chevyprincess said you have to get them used to their legs been handled if only for the farrier to trim or shoe them you can,t expect a man to get lamed for the sake of a few pounds/dollars
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post #7 of 13 Old 11-18-2009, 05:03 PM
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Hey Sophie123 great to hear that you are getting on so well with them already. i have let mine out and brought them back in with leading bailey, yes he is still the only one to catch but archie would follow him to the end of the earth. archie is hard to move on the lead too when i do work with him and i found that tying a lead to him and having some feed in your hand or even the smell of it on your hand and he figured that if he follows you he might get something. but dont use food all the time, i encourage by using the parelli games like hide your hiney and use a schooling whip to touch the bum if he doesnt get the idea.
you are doing so well keep on going with what you are doing and the stick with the glove on the end of it works very well, thats how i got arhie to accept my hand on him, i also rub the lead rope all over their bodies and over their heads and on their feet, only got one bad reaction from bailey where he bucked and tried to bit me a lot, but that is sorted as he wasnt getting away with it,

keep me posted
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post #8 of 13 Old 11-18-2009, 10:56 PM
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recently purchased a 2 yr old quater horse. He was hard to handle at first but with consistency he is now very comfortable with me. Treats for reward work very well and they will look up to you as their "lead mare". Also clicker training works well too.
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post #9 of 13 Old 11-19-2009, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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What is clicker training? is it the same as it is with dogs??
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post #10 of 13 Old 11-21-2009, 03:42 AM Thread Starter
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Going to try the glove thing today!!
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