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post #1 of 9 Old 08-27-2010, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Questions on a 2 year old

So I started work for this guy he's helping me break a really quite 2 year old geilding. He's a little on the small side 14hh so he's only halter broke. I'm only 95 pounds, but I still want to wait. He's perfect on the ground and fallows you around like a dog. I was wondering what else I should do before he get's bigger. Like is it ok to put a bit in this mouth and put a saddle on him. I've broke horses before but they where always 3 or 4 and much bigger. And I was wonding if you guys knew of any good tips, pointers, book ect. When we do decide to get on I could always know more.

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-27-2010, 05:20 PM
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I have an almost-2.5-year-old filly. I had her saddled(light English saddle) when she was 20 months. She can now be saddled, bridled, and we are perfecting her lunging. Make sure his ground manners are perfect. Sunny(my filly) still has some leading issues and doesn't like her back legs being brushed, so those are some things we are fixing. You can do maaaany things with a two-year-old. When Sunny is a master lunger, we will long-line(ground drive), and right now we are working on giving to bit pressure while at her head. Make sure he bathes, ties, leads, clips, picks feet, trailer loads,etc. Handwalking on trails is fun, and you can pony him with another horse, which is a great training tool. Desensitize him to multiple things. The sky's the limit. Good luck.
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Thank you so much. That's good to hear about your filly. So far he's doing good. Just needs a name. Tomorrow I'm going to walk him around the whole property just to see what he'll spook at and how he spooks. He'll get trimmed next week. I will keep you guys updated. :) thanks again.
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Anytime! Definitely keep up updated, and pictures! If you made a thread with some pictures of him everyone could give you some name suggestions if you wanted. :)
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Oh, yeah. There are tons of things that you can do with him. Get him used to the saddle, the bridle, teach him to give to the bit, teach him to ground drive. Everything you can think of that will help you once you get in the saddle is a good thing to work on.

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Yeah I will. Thanks guys!
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post #7 of 9 Old 08-28-2010, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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So I worked with hima bit this AM. It's pretty hot today so I quit early. He was great to lead dose sharp turns and backs. He also when through a bunch of gates and stalls. He stod nicely fo me, when I brushed, crurried, and srpayed fly spray on him. He also even stoud still for me when I put swat on a back cut he had.

It truns out hw
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So I didn't mean to post that. Sorry guys. I have no idea how to delete it. :(
Anyways. It truns out this poor little guy had strangles pretty bad. He's all better now. But pretty thin. Do you guys know of anything to feed him besides grain. I'm worried he'll grow to fast with grain. Oh and I think he's part TB, he's about 14hh. Thank you guys for everything!
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-28-2010, 01:15 PM
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I feed Nutrena Safechoice. Sunny, who is a TB as well, is a hard keeper. She has gained weight beautifully and is more calm, and I feel better because it's much healthier than what I was feeding.
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