Well, it has been awhile since I trained a young horse and now I am getting a chance to work with a young filly that a friend of mine owns. We kinda made the agreement that we would work together on training this filly. I kinda had the background and she had the place.
This filly is out of a Pony/QH mare that is about 14 hands tall, and a Paint stud... background on the stud is unknown as it was a not really a plan breeding... but got a beautiful buckskin filly. The filly is 1 1/2 years old, she will officially will be 2 in June of this year. She is a little more refined in her make up then her mother and slighly smaller, but has a better attitude.
The following ground work has been done:
- Lunging, stopping at the "Whoa" command, changes directions with a cue
- Worked on despooking
- Can stand tied
- All four feet can be picked without trouble
- Pretty easy to catch
- Can be saddled with a tighten cinch, both with a large and small saddle.
- Has been ponied around with a rider leading
- Can load in trailer with no problems.
Well, I wanted to get some opinions on working with young horses on the ground with a hackamore or a bridle. I have been able to get a hackamore on the filly and use a set of draw reins. The filly can turn and back okay. However, how far does some take this type of training before they actually get on the horse? Yes, I do believe that the filly will be just fine on the first ride, but that is not planned for another possibly 6 months. Reason is because we want her to mature in size and weight a little more before someone rides her.