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    04-22-2010, 03:11 AM
Sooo... whats next?

My filly will be 2 yrs old in August.

I have halter broke her. She will now stand tied and ground tie. She willingly puts her head in the halter to be caught.

She picks up all 4 feet on command and I can clean them. (this is a milestone, as she was very bad with her back feet!) She has had her feet trimmed and did good.

She will move in any direction I ask, with very light pressure or voice command. She will back, move her hips over etc with no issues.

She has learned not to crowd me, and to maintain a respectful distance between us when leading.

She is now tolerant of being touched, groomed and handled everywhere. I take her for a walk down the road 2-3 times a week, and she has no problem leaving her barn and buddies behind. I am working on desensitizing her to things like tarps, flapping fabric, flags etc. So far, so good.

So... what is next? I kind of feel I'm at a point where I can't do much more for another year. Besides teaching her tricks, what else can I do to prepare her for a career as a saddle horse?
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    04-22-2010, 07:20 AM
Introduce her to saddles and bridles. If you can I would start to ground driver her and get her used to you putting your feet in the stirrups without her moving. The sooner you start all of this the better, don't ride her for hours but it wont hurt her if you sit in the saddle for a few minutes.
    04-22-2010, 11:48 AM
She is pretty small, she was not fed right before I got her so I'd rather wait til she is bigger to actually mount. She is only about 13 hands right now. She won't be 2 yrs old until August.

Ground driving-yep I can do that! And teaching her to lunge. I've been working on that too.
    04-22-2010, 04:09 PM
My filly will be two in August too! AND she's 13.1! Haha.

Does your filly bathe? Clip? Accept a bit? Accept a saddle or a surcingle? Load and trailer? Pony off other horses?

My filly can do all of that. Except clipping. O_O It's a work in progress. And other than that, she lunges, and we've started ground-driving. Just the other day, I long-lined USING her bit. She can side-step in the long lines, walk, trot, and halt, we do lots of patterns and weaving.

I know you said to "further her career as a saddle horse" and tricks won't really do that, but I have taught my filly to bow because at 8 months, she was still too young to be doing any real work, and this is a girl that NEEDS to be stimulated. She gets very destructive if I just leave her in the pasture. I think tricks would be a fun thing you can do to further your bond with her, and as long as you don't teach her to rear, it will all be perfectly safe [safe as horses ever get, anyway] and she'll be much more trusting when you DO get on and start riding. Good luck!
    04-22-2010, 06:11 PM
I agree with Ricci, there's lots you can do.

Driving, ponying, trotting poles, yoga balls, lounging for short periods of no more than 10 mins, work her through squeezes, WTC by voice command. You can work on flexion from the ground which will translate over to under saddle.
    04-22-2010, 07:24 PM
She will bathe, I haven't done clipping yet. Trailer loads good on voice command, backs out of the trailer slow and gentle on voice.

I haven't saddled her yet, but I've led her around with a saddle pad and a bareback pad on. She wasn't really phased by it.

She ponies... She is a "flirt" and likes to go out and see the neighbors so when I take my gelding out she comes with us. She has no problem with that.

I ordered a surcingle, and I'll start working on ground driving. In the meantime she'll start learning to wear a snaffle bit so when the surcingle gets here we'll be on track.

Ricci she is just like your filly- so naughty and curious, she needs a lot of stimulation or gets bored! Today I spent over half an hour tossing a beach ball at her and she was like... oh for gods sake, I'm supposed to do what? =)
    04-22-2010, 08:03 PM
Originally Posted by draftrider    
Today I spent over half an hour tossing a beach ball at her and she was like... oh for gods sake, I'm supposed to do what? =)
Haha, I've been there. It sounds so wrong to say it because people usually take it the wrong way, but I have spent HOURS throwing things at Gracie. Literally. Pine cones, sticks, branches, tennis balls, soccer balls, jolly balls, grooming supplies, I will throw anything throw-able. Not to hit her, obviously, but towards her just to get SOMETHING resembling a reaction. So far? Nada. She doesn't give a hoot. Haha, I'm just so glad that someone else is at the same place.
    04-22-2010, 08:30 PM
You can get her used to bridle, bit, saddles, leg wraps, going over various objects, clippers, bathing, and everything in between. By the time you get on her as a 3 or 4 year old she should be ready for it, and to be honest, should think nothing of it. Get her used to you flapping stirrips, smacking the saddle seat, putting weight in the saddle using your hand. You can jump beside the saddle, teach her to stand next to fences, and mounting blocks, etc... There is SOOOOOO much more you can do in the next year or two...

Also you can just continue solidifying all that you've done this past year, in order to maintain her confidence, an continue building her up.
    04-23-2010, 12:34 AM
Alright, some awesome tips. Thanks so much ladies! I have a light cordura saddle I'll use on her. My big saddle is WAY to big for her yet.

I am continually amazed by this filly. Coming from where she did to now is just amazing. She's gentled down so fast despite all my mistakes and uncertainty. =)

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