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    02-14-2011, 09:56 PM
  #1
Weanling
Starting my 2 year old filly Nova.

Hi guys,
I just wanted to share couple of videos that my husband shot today. I have 2 year old filly "Nova" (Color Me Smart Gal). I got her on Christmas day - basically she had not been handled by people at all since she was born. She is one of the horses that live out on 100 acre pastures and only know humans when they round the horses up to throw them in the stock trailer to move them to another pasture and handle them when it's time for shots and worming.. I have been doing lots of ground work with her. I try to spend time with her every day - even when I have just 15 - 20 minutes (I have one more mare that is in foal and I do have a full time job and commute 4 hours a day 4 x a week)
One week ago I threw the saddle on her for the first time.
- Except for few bucks and one bolt she did rather well. This past weekend I "rode" her for the first time - just walking around the indoor arena..
I just wanted to start Nova's own training threat so that I can refer back to it and see how she is progressing. Since this is my first baby I am starting I would really appreciate constructive criticism and advise.

Here are the links:
Saddling up:

Lunging:

2nd ride on Valentine's day:

     
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    02-14-2011, 11:17 PM
  #2
Started
Looks like you've made a good start with her. Congrats!! Only suggestion I have is not to leave the lead rope dangling so far when your riding. That could be a recipe for disaster. Hope you will keep us posted on your progress with her.
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    02-14-2011, 11:39 PM
  #3
Weanling
Wow for only having her for a couple months you have done a great job it seems! One thing I do with lunging is instead of walking up to the horse when you ask them to stop is to have them walk up to you, that its a good thing to be near you. If you want more info on how I do that just get ahold of me, I use a mixture of clinton anderson, ron olsen, and a bunch of other stuff mixed in for training. But looks like you got a good grasp on what to do! Congrats on the good lookin horse!
     
    02-15-2011, 06:30 AM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Plains Drifter    
Looks like you've made a good start with her. Congrats!! Only suggestion I have is not to leave the lead rope dangling so far when your riding. That could be a recipe for disaster. Hope you will keep us posted on your progress with her.
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Hi - thank you. I did not notice that when I was riding her that it was hanging that low - till my hubby told me LOL and I saw it on the video I was banging my head against the wall hehe- thank goodness she already learned that if she steps on nothing will happen Cause when I first got her she really was not even halter broke, she would not lead or anything, so for like the 1st week if I let her into the indoor arena, I'd leave her lead rope dragging behind her, she got used to it really quick. I did ride her with a colt breaking hackamore I borrowed from my neighbor and it is much easier to turn her head too.
     
    02-15-2011, 06:38 AM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by draftgrl    
Wow for only having her for a couple months you have done a great job it seems! One thing I do with lunging is instead of walking up to the horse when you ask them to stop is to have them walk up to you, that its a good thing to be near you. If you want more info on how I do that just get ahold of me, I use a mixture of clinton anderson, ron olsen, and a bunch of other stuff mixed in for training. But looks like you got a good grasp on what to do! Congrats on the good lookin horse!
- Great - I love Clinton - thank you! That is mostly how I train. About me coming up to her - I actually had to start stopping her a little away from me, because as soon as I ask her to stop she comes running to me and will stop nose to nose with me. I was worried she will get too comfortable being really close to me and eventually will stop respecting my space..
- I don't have the videos from Clinton - I just kinda do whatever I find online - I wish I had the Colt starting series (videos) from Clinton. I did try to trot her under saddle yesterday and she did freak a little and wanted to buck so I shut her down... That makes me think I will really have to wait for better weather to be able to have someone outside in the round pen chasing her around with me being just a passenger..? Any ideas on what should follow next as to get her to go into / trot or canter without freaking out?
     
    02-15-2011, 06:19 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Fantastic progress!

I agree with the lunging issue - it really depends if you want to go natural horsemanship or not, or to what extent. I do NOT want my horses ever walking up to me on the lunge. When I say whoa, it means whoa and stand until I give you another command. I've had to lunge natural horsemanship horses before and it can be a bit of a pain when they're immediately trying to run into you, and creating a dangerous situation if you can't get the lunge line reeled in fast enough. Over the years, I've learned you CAN actually teach them the difference between join up and being lunged, but it takes a bit of training!
     
    02-15-2011, 11:04 PM
  #7
Weanling
I'm not sure if this is a Clinton technique or not but get her into a trot for about three steps then shut her down, repeat and add length when you and Nova feel comfortable. Might be an option.

With the lunging yeah don't blame you at all then for not having her walk up to you. Like I said you are doing a great job with her it seems, hell, I'd be asking you for tips if I had a horse that needed work. Just don't have the time, or more so finances for one at this point in my life, good thing I have friends with them and can go see our old boy Jack whenever I want lol.

I do NOT want my horses ever walking up to me on the lunge. When I say whoa, it means whoa and stand until I give you another command.


I'm sorry I didn't clarify myself enough on what I said. Yes that is exactly what I had meant with coming to you, there needs to be a signal for the horse to come to you. I can't remember exactly what I use at the moment, actually have to lunge the horse to remember.

Wow there were a lot of "I's" in this post, sorry about that, not really a self centered person.
     
    02-15-2011, 11:05 PM
  #8
Weanling
OH and it looks like Nova REALLY enjoys your rewards to her (petting on the forehead) that's awesome!
     
    02-16-2011, 10:38 PM
  #9
Weanling
I am so sorry guys that I did not respond to any of these last responses I got from you.. I actually did not get any email notification so I did not even know someone responded.
- Now I feel really guilty - work has been hectic and I haven't done anything with Nova since Sunday.. anyways thank you for the tips.
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Draftgrl - thank you - yes I agree - whoa means whoa. Nova started coming to me in on the lunge line - I am guessing because I did so much desensitizing on her from the beginning because she was so worried about humans So at some point I had to start setting her back a little cause she started getting almost too comfortable with me.
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<-------- that is what I was going to do but she actually flipped out before she got into trot with me on her.. I will have to get her a little more wore out before I get on her and try to trot her. Currently I am waiting on the weather to get a little better so I can throw her into the round pen outside and whoop her butt she doesn't wear out easily LOL
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MacabreMikolaj:
Thank you!
I agree with the lunging issue - it really depends if you want to go natural horsemanship or not, or to what extent. I do NOT want my horses ever walking up to me on the lunge. When I say whoa, it means whoa and stand until I give you another command. I've had to lunge natural horsemanship horses before and it can be a bit of a pain when they're immediately trying to run into you, and creating a dangerous situation if you can't get the lunge line reeled in fast enough. Over the years, I've learned you CAN actually teach them the difference between join up and being lunged, but it takes a bit of training!

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<------I completely agree.. I think it may be dangerous when they run up to you like that - what if something startles those 800 - 1200lbs and they are moving towards you? I am trying to teach Nova to stop after she turns in on the outside of the circle by raising my forefinger in front of me.. she already knows that cue when she is standing still it means "backup" - so raising the finger while she is moving towards me means "you better stop before I make you"
I really like Clinton's method of training, but I don't hesitate to borrow advise from any other trainers regardless if they are "natural horsemanship" trainers.. I board at a Vaquero barn - and they are quite harsh with their horses - I don't agree with a lot of the training methods they use, but being around then did teach me to be a lot more confident around horses and handling them and taught me to be more assertive when the horse is literally "smoking a cigarette" instead of listening to me LOL - I don't mean by that to mindlessly beat on your horse of course.
     
    02-16-2011, 10:40 PM
  #10
Weanling
Eh .. sorry that post did not display as it was supposed to.. the links were supposed to be quotes from the last 2 people posting to my thread.. still learning how to post - bear with me please TY
     

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