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    05-23-2013, 12:28 AM
Training Yearlings

Hi I have 2 registered AQHA yearlings: Fancy is a liver chestnut mare and Drifter is a sorrel stud. I have already trained them to lead, lunge, have a saddle on there back, stand tied but does anyone have any other training tips or stuff I can do@
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    05-23-2013, 02:02 AM
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    05-23-2013, 02:10 AM
You have done enough, turn them out to pasture to let them grow and clear their minds. Leading, ground manners, and a bit of longeing (if you are showing in longe line classes), are all that's needed IMO. Regular handling & grooming are fine, then turn out to be a kid. Makes for a happier horse when they are old enough for saddle training.
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    05-23-2013, 10:27 AM
Just keep working with them. Haul them out and about. Get them used to different locations and learn that they are expected to behave away from home as well as at home. We pony our yearlings, lightly lunge them, teach them to have patience, stand tied & cross-tied, handle their feet & ears, load (and STAND) in a trailer, ground-drive. Once they ground-drive take them out on the trail ground-driving them if you have a safe enough area. Let others handle them. Basically spend the year setting up the foundation for everything to come. Rinse & repeat - OVER & OVER & OVER again.
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    05-23-2013, 11:12 AM
Thank you! Does anyone have any suggestions for working with there feet I can pick up the front ones but not the back
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    05-23-2013, 11:28 AM
Back Feet ~ A lot of patience!
What is working for us (have a yearling filly who is stubborn - had her since birth so not that she hasn't had them handled). For her we are using the old "use the lead rope" trick. Literally reaching back with a soft rope (cotton lead) and rubbing it around their back leg then letting it drop down around their pastern as we use that to "ask" them to lift the rear leg. Let's us stay out of kicking range while working on lifting the leg. Once she calmly lets us lift the leg that way we will use the rope to ask her to pick it up, then reach back and rub the leg and hold the hoof with our hand. Some days we can brush down her hindlegs and the pick up the hoof without a fuss, others we take a few steps back and use the rope. But we never make a production or a fight out of it. Just more of a "hey, I know you know how to do this so we are going to go back and do it again"
Sometimes having a 2nd person to hold them while you work around their hindquarters makes it a bit safer for you while you are teaching them that you are not that big bad dog trying to attack them.
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    05-23-2013, 01:11 PM
Awsome thanks!
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    05-23-2013, 01:25 PM
I agree with what everyone here has told you but truly what MGTS has said is great advice you can't over do the time spent on their feet. Teach them now while they are small to be respectful. The cotton rope around the fetlock is great, I will even teach horses to lead by a foot. With the rope its tempting to think " I could tie a foot up" I am not a big believer in that, if the horse is a real snot then to tie a foot up works well. But training to tie a foot up will not give you the ability to release to reward good behavior. Just use the rope to get them use to giving up the foot soon you should be able to stop using the rope and go to using your hands.

But as "waresbear" said don't over do it let them be also. I think we don't give horses enough time to just be a horse.

Sounds like you are doing a great job. Keep us updated.
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    05-23-2013, 02:43 PM
Thanks I will!
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    05-23-2013, 03:16 PM
Ditto - don't tie the foot... just use the rope in your hand for a give/release ~ using it just like you would your hand.

I have had very few reasons in 21 years of handling and training to actually tie a foot up. And it is never for training purposes.

Rinse Repeat and continue - time and paitence trains up the best horses for the long term. Which I am sure is what you are wanting to do with these two yearlings. Just don't get tempted to rush them. If you are BORED and THEY are Bored... set up an in-hand obstacle course, walk through "scary" things, over "scary" items, open and shut items, backing through poles laid out in shapes on the ground. Anything you could possibily image you would ride through...set up as an in-hand. Nothing that would hurt them, but lots to make them THINK. Then change it up and do it differently! Babies are fun to work with, but the really smart ones will keep you challenged to come up with new ideas to keep it entertaining before they come up with their own mischevious ideas.
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