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post #1 of 8 Old 11-10-2008, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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Question Picking up the correct Leads PLEASE HELP!!!!

So today I was lungeing my yearling and gettting him some exercise because he was in his stall most the day due to it being really rainy outside and I was wondering if anyone could help me with getting him to pick up the corrrect leads. The only way I could think of is making him go faster at the canter and then he does usually change it but can anyone give me some tips or an easier way to get him to pick them up better. I know he wont be 100% perfect but is there any exercises or anything to help with picking up the correct leads while lungeing. Any tips will be much apreciated and thanks in advanced
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-11-2008, 12:45 AM
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I would stongly advise against lunging your yearling, especially at high speeds. The torque is very hard on their developing legs. Do you have an arena where you can lunge him at liberty? That would work to get his energy out, and keep the stress of circling off of his legs. Personally, I would not worry about teaching leads on a lunge line to a yearling... these things will come in time.
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-11-2008, 08:37 AM
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I agree with AK...it's wayyyyy to hard on their joints and can lead to serious problems later in life. And I also agree....I wouldn't bother trying to teach him leads now...wait until he gets older
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Well then at what age would you lunge them. He is almost two in janurary.
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Personally, I would save lunging as a regular form of exercise until well after age three...I would ride regularly before I lunged regularly. This preference is based on what I have read and heard about the impact lunging has on developing legs. I think you could probably free lunge in a large round pen earlier as long as it was not to fast or repetitive.

Also, a lot of this comes down to personal choices on how we should raise our babies. Some people start jumping horses young (around 3), whereas I would prefer not to start this until age 5 or 6. There are futurity horses out there being ridden at Nat. level shows heavily at age 2, where I prefer to saddle break at 2, but really start at 3.

For my baby (who is six month now), as a yearling I plan on introducing him to the bridle. I plan on ponying him on trail rides, teaching him to yield to pressure at all the key riding spots (from the ground), teaching him to ground drive in a bridle, continuing to develop his in hand manners, and exposing him more (started this kind of stuff from day one) to clippers, bathing, farrier, banding, braiding.
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post #6 of 8 Old 11-12-2008, 09:26 AM
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You'll see alot of show circuits that have longing for yearlings as classes with end of year awards, I think even AQHA does it but I have to agree with everyone on this, longing a baby is not a great idea. There joints really arent ready. Since your baby is almost two though I can see you starting with easy work. Do a lot of in hand type stuff...

As for the leads, don't worry about them yet. He's so young that he's really unbalanced so he's doing whats easiest for him. his issue is most likely a balance issue...

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Ok thanks everybody and AK thanks for sharing what you are planning on doing with your baby because it gave me some ideas for what to do with my boy. I am going to do more in hand work and take him back to the trails and get him used to that.

I guess I was just worried he wasnt getting enough exercise. With the rain and all he hasnt been able to get out as much so I was worried he wasnt getting enough exercise, but I have been letting him get out for at least an hour a day.

I have been putting the bridle on him and he does quite well. So thanks again for giving me some much needed advice as this is my first baby that I am raising and I want to do it right
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I see where you are coming from with wanting to get your boy exercise...it is really important. Hopefully your rain will pass, and he will get out to play more. I think if you at least keep him engaged mentally, and practice your in hand work, it will keep him occupied through the rain. Yeah, if you could get him out ponying on the trail, or even ground driving on trail, I am sure he would LOVE it - and what great prep for when he gets ridden later!

I remember talking to someone this summer about the Deb Bennet books on horse structure and conformation, and discussing how new research is showing that the backbone on a horse is one of the last things to develop, and is not fully developed until around age 6! To think, we are sitting on and being supported by an undeveloped part of the horse for years, even those of us who start later.

When to start horses on different things in their training has and is quite a controversial topic...I would personally err on the side of waiting longer to do things rather than risking the long term health of my horse (and as I learn more, this belief develops - I rode my six year old a bit more as a two year old than I think I will do with my horses in the future - to no ill effect that I can see now, but why risk these things).

sorry for the tangent...

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