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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I don't think it was necessary to bash OP, he did come here for help after all, and until recently was receiving it well. There is no need for name calling on either end.
OP- I do think that it is best to give your girlfriend's filly some time to be a baby and just do some light work for a year or so. Perhaps you could ground drive her on the trails to get her used to unexpected circumstances, or once you feel more comfortable, you could pony the filly off of your mare. Tying your mare is a perfectly acceptable way to teach her patience, but as noted- keeping an eye on her is necessary. Horses, as you are learning, can be a bit unpredictable at times and you wouldn't want her to get hurt.
You are in no way stupid, just possibly not ready to take on the task of training a two year old. Most people aren't...I've been working with horses for 6+ years and I have discovered first hand that I am not ready either. However, with the help of a reputable trainer, I really think you guys can get back on the right track and have a nice little trail horse in a year or so. It takes patience though, because she is a baby and she is going to mess up and get overwhelmed easily. The worst thing to do in situations like that is get upset though, it takes a steady hand and seat and a lot of time to make a nice riding horse!
Other than that I think that you've gotten about all you're going to from this thread. I really do hope that things go well for you and your horses, and that you can find a great trainer to help you along.
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