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        08-22-2013, 06:17 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Please Critique My Training Schedule!

    Hi, I was wondering if you guys would check my list of things that I want to achieve with my Connemara as he grows up? Hoping to bring him on slowly but steadily. Obviously, I will not expect him to be utterly in tune with this schedule but it lets me keep organised.

    He is fourteen months old, and was gelded today By the way, the riding lessons are not on him, lol, I am just staying in practice until he is ready to ride!

    Raising and Training Schedule *

    Age 1 - 2: Gelding, Basic Handling and Groundwork, Socialisation, Desensitising, Grazing
    Professional Costs: Riding Lessons, Gelding, General Vet/Farrier
    Checklist:
    Catching in field/bringing in/turning out (does this)
    Walk calmly and politely through gates and doorways (does this)
    Leading in hand at walk/trot for vet (does this)
    Leading in hand at walk past traffic/livestock/dogs/cyclists/children/other horses (does this)
    Halt/move following shoulder of handler as opposed to leadrope
    Standing quietly when tied on yard/in trailer/in stable regardless of distractions
    Back up on command (does this)
    Yield hindquarters on command
    Loading/unloading (does this)
    Stabling (does this)
    Grooming/checking feet/picking out etc (does this)
    Bathing/sheath cleaning
    Worming (does this)
    Rugging/unrugging (does this)
    Stand quietly for vet/farrier (does this)
    Stand quietly at *mounting block whilst being groomed *

    Age 2 - 3: Basic Handling and Groundwork, Bridling and Bitting, Long Reining, Light Lungeing, Socialisation, Desensitising, Grazing
    Professional Costs: Riding Lessons, General Vet/Farrier
    Checklist:
    Standing quietly in arena with other horses working around him
    Leading in hand at walk/trot in the outdoor school/indoor school/showring situation
    Leading in hand under trees/over tarpaulins/past scary objects
    Light lungeing at walk/trot in the outdoor school/indoor school
    Long reining at walk/trot in the outdoor school/indoor school/on the road/over poles/around cones
    Loose schooling at walk/trot in the outdoor school/indoor school/over poles/around cones
    Back up in a straight line/circles/squares
    Stand up squarely
    Pivot on the hindlegs both directions
    Sidepass from the ground
    Leg wrapping
    Clipping
    Standing quietly at mounting block whilst being leant over *

    Age 3 - 4: Basic Handling and Groundwork, Long Reining, Light Lungeing, Breaking and Backing, Socialisation, Desensitising, Grazing
    Professional Costs: Riding Lessons, Breaking and Backing, General Vet/Dentist/Farrier, Saddler
    Checklist:
    Tacking up/untacking
    Light lungeing at walk/trot/canter under saddle in the outdoor school/indoor school
    Long reining at walk/trot under saddle in the outdoor school/indoor school/on the road/over poles/around cones
    Loose schooling at walk/trot/canter in the outdoor school/indoor school/over poles/around cones
    Standing quietly at mounting block whilst being mounted/sat on
    Standing quietly whilst rider dismounts
    Walking/trotting quietly on the lunge with a rider in the outdoor school/indoor school
    Walking/trotting quietly in hand with a rider in the showring situation
    Hacking out quietly in hand
    Standing quietly for the dentist/saddler *

    Age 4 - 5: Basic Handling and Groundwork, Lungeing, Schooling Under Saddle, Socialisation, ***** **Desensitising, Grazing
    Professional Costs: Schooling and Riding Lessons, General Vet/Dentist/Farrier, Saddler Checklist:
    Walking/trotting quietly with a rider in the outdoor school/indoor school/showring situation Walking/trotting over poles/around cones with a rider in the outdoor school/indoor school Cantering on the lunge with a rider in the outdoor school/indoor school
    Loose schooling over small jumps
    Hacking out quietly alone and in company *

    Age 5 - 6: Basic Handling and Groundwork, Lungeing, Schooling Under Saddle, Socialisation, ***** **Desensitising, Grazing
    Professional Costs: Schooling and Riding Lessons, General Vet/Dentist/Farrier, Saddler Checklist:
    Walking/trotting/cantering quietly with a rider in the outdoor school/indoor school/showring situation
    Schooling over small jumps with a rider
    Cross country schooling
    Pony Club
    Forest rides
    Endurance training
    Dressage schooling



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        08-22-2013, 06:46 PM
      #2
    Foal
    Dear me, I have no idea where all the asterixes came from!
         
        09-10-2013, 06:32 PM
      #3
    Weanling
    I feel like by 5 years old, he should be walk/trot/cantering quietly, and then by the time he turns 6 you could be starting him over fences!
         
        09-10-2013, 07:24 PM
      #4
    Showing
    I love how you aren't in any rush :) That's admirable.

    I feel like you have a very nice plan!

    Depending on your plans, you don't need to put that much distance between the canter-work.

    My horse did not learn to canter until the past 2 years. His trot needed work when I met him but we went 8 months on it and then he learned to canter and now his trot is amazing and his canter is getting there.

    So I feel age 4 (but closer to being 5), good to start working on the canter so that by age 6 he's nice and confident and balanced and it can be refined.

    Great plan though :)
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        09-10-2013, 09:15 PM
      #5
    Green Broke
    Depending on the breed, I think you can start work under saddle a bit earlier than 5/6.
         
        09-10-2013, 10:02 PM
      #6
    Yearling
    I really do like how you're taking your time. However I agree with Sky.

    As for starting age, just because a horse is a certain breed does not mean that you can start it earlier. No such thing as a breed of horse that matures faster than others, only individuals.
         
        09-11-2013, 02:54 AM
      #7
    Weanling
    There is nothing wrong with your schedule and taking your time and letting him mature. Too many people rush horses and want to cram everything in on a 3 y/o. Horses are not mature until at least 5. All that early work does is risk injury.
         

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