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post #1 of 2 Old 05-22-2013, 06:06 AM Thread Starter
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Starting young horses

Okay, well I have 2 horses (one gelding and one filly). the filly has had a halter on her twice when she was about 2 and now won't let you touch her much. The colt has only had ropes on him when he was gelded but is now very friendly and can touch his neck, cheek etc. They run in a mob of about 10-15 other horses but now I really want to start working them.

What are the prefered methods from people on starting their young horses? (Also, what age, equipment, time frame.. etc)

Any information regarding young horses would be relevant as I'm also doing this for my year 12 research project!

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post #2 of 2 Old 05-22-2013, 06:41 AM
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Whether you choose a big name trainers method, such as Clinton Anderson or Parelli, you should have a well experienced trainer helping you in person. You can learn a lot of information about the different methods on tv, DVDs, on the Internet and books and magazines. However, if you don't have a good understanding of when and how much pressure to apply and when to release it, you will have problems.

Personally, I like Clinton Anderson. He is easy to understand and follow. His methods do have similarities to others. His aren't new but neither are others.

Find one you like, study it as much as you can, but have someone there to guide you.

As for age, you should start from day one. Every time you interact with a horse, you are training. Whether you are just leading, grooming, or riding, you are still training.

Equipment will change depending on what you are doing. Halter, lead rope, cue stick, rope halter just for starters.

Time frame: it will take as long as it takes depending on the horse. Some learn quicker and progress faster than others. If you try to rush it, it will actually take longer.
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