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post #1 of 14 Old 10-22-2010, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Talking training my fjord! me

I just got a 2 year old fjord!
She was barely halter broke when the lady before me got her.She worked
with her and she is now halter broke but still doesnt like to be caught unless she is in a stall and sometimes she will try and avoid you. You have to be patient with her. She picks up her feet and lets you clean them.She will let you groom her all over. She also leads but sometimes gets in a hurry and her body will go pass mine so I turn her in a circle and then we stop and start over again. She will also back up some.

She is scared of water!
I wanted to give her a good scrub down before winter really hits but I think I might have to wait till next spring to work on that. I would still like her to get use to it. I plan on pony-ing her with Gidget once she really gets use to things and calms down.

Is there any way I can get her to calm down? She is herd bound and very anxious. She almost ran me over cause she couldn't see her friend. I have her in a stall in the barn while the paso hangs out with Gidget.

Any tips would be great. This is my first time training a young horse but I really want to do it and I want her to be great.

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post #2 of 14 Old 10-22-2010, 10:46 PM
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Honestly, id keep her by herself & just spend some personal time with her for a while (or however long you can), that way she learns to depend on you/people for food, companionship, leadership & attention. Atleast until she starts coming to you & is easier to be caught.
Groom her, bring treats, longe her, etc.
If you're gonna turn her out, turn her out with a horse who will be dominant (but not misserably mean!), who likes people & doesn't run from a rope, as that could very well rub off on her, especially since she's so young.

"If a horse fails to do something that is because he was not trained to do it. If a horse fails to do something properly that is because he was not trained properly."
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post #3 of 14 Old 10-23-2010, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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thank you.
I will continue to keep her stalled. Gidget is a good girl..she's my first horse and my favorite horse ever! I think I will let her hangout with Gidget in the pasture on some days.
I just can't believe how hyper she is! I will practice backing her up,whoa-ing,easy,etc. I think she really needs to work on those! She is just anxious right now but I do want to work with right away so she knows that I am the boss and not her,ya know? I have been giving her alfalfa cubes as treats when she is being good.
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post #4 of 14 Old 10-23-2010, 12:26 AM
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I respectfully disagree; horses become easily bored and irritated if they're stalled for long periods of time. Think about yourself being limited to your bed (not just your room, but your bed) - boring! The filly probably hasn't had much done with her, but you have to be able to let her out and work on things while out of a stall.
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post #5 of 14 Old 10-23-2010, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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what would you recommend since she is herd bound with the paso fino?
It's really bad. We need to seperate them. There is a peruvian paso that a lady said I could put her in with.
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post #6 of 14 Old 10-23-2010, 11:23 AM
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Maybe try that then? Youngsters especially need to be out and interacting with the herd dynamic; they learn lots from their herdmates.
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post #7 of 14 Old 10-23-2010, 11:49 AM
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I totally disagree with you and what you are doing. You sound like you have no experience with horses and now you trying to train your own horse! This horse also seems to much for a beginner. I know this sounds harsh but you should look for another horse and leave this one with a more experienced person.
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post #8 of 14 Old 10-23-2010, 12:24 PM
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I agree with Charis--get this filly outside and moving! A moving horse is a busy horse, and a tired horse is a good horse. Why not keep her in a pen or pasture with a new horse? Or in an area where she can see other horses, but isn't as confined as a stall?

To me, she sounds stressed out. She will likely calm down once she has settled in more. For now, I would let her have some time to herself--overwhelming her with training at this point is going to do more harm than good. Give her a day or two to settle in, then start working on the training stuff. ;)

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post #9 of 14 Old 10-23-2010, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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Thank You. I will turn her out. I took her out last night to spend some time with her and she was calm.

I am sorry that you think the horse is too much for me. Yes, she probably is but I plan on training her with the help of my husband(he has trained a yearling before and did very well). I also plan on taking her in for training by a about $$$$ but it will be worth it.
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post #10 of 14 Old 10-23-2010, 01:14 PM
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Hi Gidget,
I want to compliment you on knowing when to ask for help. Fjords are great horses. I worked with several who were therapeutic riding horses and what gentle horses they are. Talk to your Fjord and tell her that you are her new friend and will take good care of her. You will be building trust between you and her.
You have a very young horse who needs lots of exercise and and needs some companionship. Companionship can still exist with a fence in between horses.
When I had my young filly, Suki, and worked with her, I was there at feeding time and I had some oats she liked. I would put on her halter while she was eating and then once that was done gave her some of the oats as long as she didn't fight me when I put the halter on her. I did this several times during one eating session. I would try and do that several times a week. Once it was easy to get the halter on her in her stall, I moved to taking her out in a fenced area (a round pen for example) and turned her loose. I came back in and put a bit of hay on the far side of the area and let her eat. I walked up to her and worked in an open space to put her halter on. I also rewarded her with a few oats when the halter was successfully on her. Again I would take the halter on and off several times in that one session.
You must be patient. This may take a month or more. You have a very young horse who is learning and it is important to take one step at a time and not push lots of training on your Fjord.
If you want to see more how to work with a horse, I would suggest the PBS series with Dennis Brouse called Saddle Up with Dennis Brouse. You can set your cable box to record these half hour shows.Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.
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