I will be training a 3 year old Fjord when I move Mayder to the new barn (Fjord will be 4 technically next spring summer) That I know of he has had a rider on his back that was being lead.
I asked his owner(the bo) where I should start from and she asked me to start him from Ground Zero- Hawk, seems like a very sweet guy and I'm very excited to start training him. What I have heard about horses who have not been started started until three is sthat they can be hellions and hard to work with because they'll have a few bad habits now. (Mayder's owner said he was absolutly horrible as a 3 year old but now as a 5 year old she must have done somethin' right to make him a saint)
Does anybody have some tips that you would like to share in begining of ground training and (maybe) riding-I don't know how well his ground manners are if they're good I may get to them before it snows but if not it will hold off until next spring and I'll work with ground work for now and until the winter time.
Thank you =]
My list to work on with him:
-Leading at a walk/trot (quietly)
-Space (mayder barely has that with me.. with little kids he'll fallow a mile behind them to not step on me- nope not mom be in her lap)
-Standing for Grooming, Farrier (and opposite, also including and picking up legs, then standing nice for his Fjord Cuts)
-Streatching his neck and warming up (a good friend of mine could do all awesome stuff with streatching with her little man before he was a yearling)
-Learning to stand square for judges (I would love to show him for her and it would be good to learn to stand nice now, I have a hard time with Mayder now cause of it.)
-Stuff swining around him and his leg (suggestions on what "stuff" could be por favor?
-Baths have to be next spring cause its flat out too cold now.
-Some free lunging (maybe)
-Anything YOU lovely people of HF that want to add?