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post #1 of 7 Old 02-18-2012, 01:48 AM Thread Starter
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Things to do with a coming 1 year old?

Hello there horsforum members!
I was wondering about some things I could do with Lakota, my colt who is turning a year old in April. We have already worked on leading, picking up feet, tying, giving baths, clipping, and backing up, all of which he does very well. We also worked on moving his hind, and shoulders with only a light touch which he does perfect. I can walk him through water, over tarps, throw blankets anywhere on him even over his face, play with his ears, mouth anything without even a halter on.

But I'm feeling like he's getting bored, and so am I honestly lol. So what else can I do with him at this age? Is it too early for ground driving and all that?

Any suggestions welcome! Thanks everyone :)
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-18-2012, 01:55 AM
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I personally would let him rest and be a horse. You can still groom him and such but I wouldn't start any kind of work work until he's around 2 1/2. But that's me.
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Hmm, what about ground tying? I'm not sure how I would teach that..
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post #5 of 7 Old 02-19-2012, 01:48 AM
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Ground tie, cross tie, hitch, trailer.

Pony him. Go for walks on trails.

LIGHT lunging. Pressure and release exercises.

Ground side passing, yielding (which it sounds like you are already doing some of)
Work on flexing. Even teaching him to bow

I stretch my filly's legs every time I pick them up. I also run my fingers down her rump to her tail bone and down the sides and do a little back lifting stretch and do some tummy stretches.

I am sure I will think of more later, but all of what you have done and what I named should be carefully planned over the course of his first 2.5 years in life.

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I'm getting a yearling in May or so, and we're planning on working on fake obstacle courses, trust, what my trainer calls "lunge" basically having the horse walk around you in a circle so she gets the idea of it later. No pressure! Just working on the verbal commands of move out and halt. And also - the "ghetto" obstacle course. Its made up of like old mattresses, tires, trash cans, gates, lumber piles, basically any junk you might come across in town!
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Okay! And I can't really teach trailering as I don't have one..lol. But I like the stretching idea. And the obstacle course..I am thinking I'm going to go outside today and do some of this..if it stops raining that is.
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