Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Alberta, Canada
Training job - any tips?
A friend of mine is wanting me to train her 2 year old filly in some ground work. She has just recently got into horses and doesn't know a lot about them, including how to ride.
I don't have a lot of experience with riding training - I know how to ride but not the training aspect so much! However, I have done quite a bit of ground training with young horses over the years. Never for pay, just for my own fun and enjoyment and for a challenge.
By 4-6 months the foals I trained could do anything any adult could. Tie, halter, lead, groom, completely desensitized, held their feet like a 30 year old school pony and were very safe to be around. Their owner was amazed and very pleased! Even though they were very friendly and well trained, they were not pushy and begging for treats. I made sure to instill respect in them.
The filly I will be working with is halter broken and has been lunged a little I understand. However she has not been handled a lot and she has not learned much. I'm planning on seeing how much respect she has for people first - my friend said she pinned her ears and tried to nip her the other day.
I want to get her respecting me, and then move onto things like tying, standing quietly, picking feet up and desensitizing.
Any great tips on how to make this a great success?! My friend wants to be part of the training which I think is great as she will learn too! I've never done this for pay before and I just want everything to go real well!