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    04-16-2011, 09:51 AM
Starting a yearling

I am wanting to start my yearling now in preparation for this winter when she goes under saddle in early March of 1012. I have a side pull and a surcingle and am wanting to start her driving. Is it alright to use my side pull on her? She is right now 14 months old. She officially turns two on 2-21-12.
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    04-16-2011, 10:10 AM
I'm curious to see what other people say but I see no reason not to provided she understands things like giving her head to pressure, having a surcingle on, lines around her body, etc.
    04-16-2011, 10:19 AM
Just remember that she needs to see and use these things one at a time over a period of time. There little minds can only handle so much at once.

It would be better than lunging her too much that young anyway.
    04-16-2011, 10:38 AM
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I also would make sure the basics are covered before introducing the tools. Moving away from pressure, giving in to pressure, all that stuff. Then go ahead with the suricingle. The suricingle may be a tough one as it will wrap around the girth area so go slow.

Make sure that the horse knows how to yield to pressure on the face. Not sure that is how how I wanted to say it but hopefully you understand. And yes one thing at a time. Good luck
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    04-16-2011, 10:40 AM
Even though a side pull, without a true snaffle bit is not a bad thing for the time being just a halter is best though. Introducing the side pull is best saved for when your horse is started under saddle. A side pull is very much like a bosal hackamore. I have seen side pulls with a snaffle bit added. When you first bit up your youngster the side pull can help get your youngster accustomed to holding a loose-ring snaffle in it's mouth.
    04-16-2011, 12:47 PM
Yeah she gives to pressure rather well actually. I have been doing leading exercises with her for some time now. She does a lot of things decent the only thing I am having a problem with right now is getting her to pivot. I am wanting to show her next year as a two year in showmanship.

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