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    07-29-2010, 11:59 PM
Too early for training?

i was wondering at what age do most start their horses?
right now I can halter, brush, and pick up the feet of my colt.
leading . . . We just started.
he wa born 6/10
i am just looking for suggestions-
i have herd that if they resist anything, like leading- after 5-10 minutes let them be done for the day.
but then I have also herd, that if you give in-they feel like they won and feel they don't have to listen.
i have the mare, and have been with the colt every day since his birth.
unfortuneately, my scheduel doesnt allow me to ride my horses every day, but I spend at least an hour with them each day.
so I felt comfortable starting the halter. Since he is used to me, and we spend alot of time together.
what are some experiences you have had? What has worked?
this is my first colt-and I am super excited!

btw-i know the halter thing . . .in the pasture . . But I was the only one there to take a pic! ;)

thanks for any advice!
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    07-30-2010, 04:30 AM
With a little baby, keep your training sessions short and sweet and always end on a good note. If you get him to walk five steps, when yesterday you couldn't get one, then quit. The idea is to quit BEFORE they get frustrated or lose focus. Keep in mind, their attention span is only about as big as they are and grows as they do. Little horse, little attention span. Gets bigger every day. Keep the training sessions fun, and not overly demanding. If you find YOU are getting frustrated by anything, you should leave. In my opinion, babies can do no wrong, because they haven't been taught yet. They are just being horses. You have A LOT of time to work with this baby, so take your time. Go slow. Don't drill. Some days, what I would do is walk in, handle feet a little bit, then leave. Others I'll go in, brush, leave. Another day I'll teach a little something new here. Sometimes I'll skip a day. Maybe I'll just go out and read with them loose or eating, and just BE. Also, just be sure to not allow any bad habits to start forming. Coddling and bonding is good, but just don't let the baby become disrespectful, or allow any behaviors that might be cute now, when he is little, but will be dangerous when he gets bigger. Teach him to respect your space.

I think you are on the right track though. I am glad to see you are handling feet. You can never start too early with feet handling. Your farrier will thank you for it later.
    07-30-2010, 11:27 AM
That is usually what I do. Some days I just ride the mare, and let him follow. Sometimes, I just go in to feed and talk to them, somedays they get a treat and a brushin! :) I try to keep it short and sweet! And never end the day on a bad note! It just seems that it would be much easier to work with them when they are young doing the small stuff. Before he gets too strong or too stubborn! Thanks for the advice!
    07-30-2010, 04:32 PM
Yep, there is no such thing as being to young for training. Just like LadyDreamer said, keep things short and kind. However, don't quit when he is refusing or balking, that is a good time to change up your routine and try something different before coming back to what he was fighting.

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