Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Chilton, Wisconsin
Suggestions for a training program
Looking for suggestions for a "training" program.
For those who don't know, I have recently rescued 3 horses. I am attempting to work with these 3 myself. I am not doing anything special - simple pleasure trail riding, western. Looking for ideas, tips, and the like for a training "schedual", if you will. I have been tring to work with these 3 every day - if nothing more than to aquaint them with human contact.
Thunder, is a 6yr mare, never been ridden, but handles very nicely. So far she will walk on a lead rope, and follow 90% of verbal commands - walk, whoa, and about 50% of trot. She does not know what I want when I try to lunge her (only tried twice). I have put a pad on her back, with sucess, and a saddle, with no problems at all, and have gotten on her back, no problems. She has had a bit, no problems besides the expected chewing.
Bullit, a yearling (coming up on 2yrs), has very little ground work done. Never been tied even. Again, I have simply been walking her every day. She will also follow simple verbal commands - walk, whoa and the like.
Jake is about 3 months old. I have been working on catching him several times a day, and walking him. He will even follow verbal commands, and visual preques ( I stop without saying anything - so does he). Brushing, touching his back leags, holding feet up ect.
Also, specificly, is Jake or Bullit too young for this?
Can I start working on tieing Jake? Too young?
Would it be bad to start getting Bullit used to a saddle pad? Bits? Lunging?
Is it reccomended to work with horses in the winter (Wisconsin)? Wait till spring? Doesn't matter?