I've started a few horses and trained them through solid first both. I
At this stage of training, you need to focus on ensuring the horse is responsive to the aids, yet calm. Don't even think about collection, engagement, etc. From now until she/he is 4-5, just work on teaching her to move away from pressure, to follow your seat, to listen to light commands and respond promptly without hysterics.
Keep the lessons short. No more than 15 minutes, and the horse shouldn't be working hard during that period. Give her frequent breaks.
I found the best way to train was to trail ride with a calm lead horse. All we did was walk. But it helped get them solid on turning and moving away from leg pressure, etc.
The earliest I ever started a horse was as a very late 3 year old, and all I did was sit on his back at the walk for less than 5 minutes at that age. I realize thoroughbreds are raced at 2, but frankly, I don't feel they have the maturity level to handle dressage training until they're at least 4. For a 4 year old, all I work on is doing a lot of changes in direction on big loopy circles, gait changes (walk to trot to walk) to teach them to go forward when asked and to come back when asked. And I still keep the lessons short and give lots of breaks during the ride. With lots of positive reinforcement when the horse shows he/she is trying to do what I'm asking.
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Originally Posted by TexasBlaze
Your right. I do have a basic level knowledge. Ill admit to it. I wish I could make it to the trainer but as of right now its just not possible sadly. Im just wanting to know what I need to work with her on to get her a bit ahead until we CAN make it to the trainer.
And with the two year old riding, we don't go over a trot when riding in the arena. I understand she's young but she isnt happy unless she's worked once or twice a week (which is all I work her) because she gets ornery if she isnt taken out due to she gets bored and distructive. And yes, she is a long two. I know a lot of people who start slow work on long two year olds so that's what I've been aiming for. Bascially I've been working on getting her guilding better at a walk and ill trot her for about a lap or two at a time and make her go around obstacles.
I appreciate yalls concern for my girl. Im working her the least amount I can without her getting disctructive. She doesnt stay in a stall at all except for feeding time because I feed her more than my QH's because she still needs some weight and our pasture is nearly dry (texas drought)