Hi, I'm planning on purchasing a weanling for the beginning of September (looking at one this week to put a deposit down). I'm not planning to show or breed, just a lifelong riding partner. She'll be staying at my parents' farm (free board, yay!, just pay for hay in winter) with my 21 yr old mare (used to be an excellent broodmare) who can teach her herd manners.
This is my basic plan and please let me know if you see errors/flaws or omissions.
I'll be getting her at a little over 5 months old and she will be halter broke and have her feet worked with. My plan is to let her "wean" for a week or so, and let her get used to the new surroundings. I'm planning to keep her separate from my mare for the first week or so and then have them together. I'd only be there to work with her on weekends (so a couple short sessions Saturday and Sunday, then she has the rest of the week off). I'm planning on working with her on leading, picking up her feet, and being touched all over (especially head). I'm planning on working with her for 10-15 mins at a time, always ending on a good note. I was planning on working with her on this for probably a month or so (or until the snow falls).
Next, I was planning to get her used to blankets, tarps, and a bareback pad (its fleece and maybe weighs 3 lbs, and has a fleece girth. I was not planning on doing up the girth, just touching her belly with it/getting her used to me reaching under for it. I would plan to do this for another month or two (until Xmas time).
I was then planning to leave her until spring maybe (which occasional weekend refreshers, but not introducing anything new). As a yearling, more desensitizing (clipping, bathing, etc.) and maybe cues to walk, light trot, stop and turn (in round pen), but I'm not sure if that's too young.
That's as far as I've planned so far, so if you see any flaws please let me know (in a nice way haha). Also, when should I teach to tie, is it too young to teach as a weanling? Also, how to do that? I have the blocker tie ring and was planning to use that.
Thanks in advance and sorry for the length of question!