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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
My recommendations for each are different, because their ages are very different maturity-wise. Either way, no lunging at all until two- and only at a walk and LIGHT trotting in large circles, 15' radius and wider. 20-25' preferred.
Go ahead and start mouthing him. Have him wear a bridle over his halter when he's working so he gets used to it as a piece of equipment.
Yielding to pressure at the poll, shoulder, hindquarters, nose, mouth, and legs. You want him to eventually move over with even a light tap and the verbal cue 'over' to any part of his body.
Ground driving. Can be done in a halter until he's sufficiently mouthed. Drive him over obstacles, on the trails, around your farm...everywhere.
Teach him to be sent through things.
Don't mouth him just yet. Wait until he's a year and a half, atleast. It will be hard to find a bit that fits him at this age. He'd probably need a 2 1/2 " or 3".
Yield to pressure.
Sent through things.
Once he's closer to two, you could start ground driving him as well. Then when they're both ground driving well, once they're 3 or 4, you can send them to a trainer to be trained to drive, or find a trainer that's willing to train you to train them.
Other than that, my recommendations for what equipment to buy, is not to go out and spend money on a cavesson. I never used one and I never really felt like I needed one. Don't buy side reins or draw reins. Invest in a bridle with blinkers and maybe a super cheap nylon bridle just to introduce them to bridling with. Its a HUGE pain to try and bridle train them with the blinkers and figure eight style, plus the noseband and such. Ask me how I know xD
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