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post #1 of 17 Old 02-27-2012, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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What can i do

I have a 1 1/2 year old filly. What things can I do with her this coming spring/summer that would be safe/ok for her to do. Her ground work is perfect.
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post #2 of 17 Old 02-27-2012, 09:05 PM
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Just what is your definition of perfect groundwork? If we have a bit more info we could help you better.
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post #3 of 17 Old 02-27-2012, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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She's good to lead. Stands tied or untied. Knows whoa. Picks up feet on cue. Knows how to move away from pressure. Trying to think of everything she knows that's solid.
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Well, I'd say that's not perfect groundwork, that's just a few basic handling skills. It would be perfectly fine for you to get her to walk, trot, canter on line with slack in the rope, nicely balanced, jump barrels, back through gates, move sideways when you point, come when you call her by name, Curbside Service (so she's ready to ride when you're ready). I could go on, but let me know when you've got these done .
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jump barrels
I personally, would not jump a 1-1/2 year old over barrels. Too much stress on unclosed joints. I also wouldn't lunge/round pen her very frequently and repetitively for the same reason.
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post #6 of 17 Old 02-27-2012, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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Yea, I do not lunge and would not even think about jumping at this age. That's all stuff I will start next spring/summer. As for coming when called she does that. She knows how to back through gates on cue. Most stuff she already knows is done without a halter and lead. Just looking for other fun safe (for her) things to do with her. Thinking about walking her in hand down the road or atleast near so she gets use to vehicles large and small going by her. I plan to use her for a trail horse which she gets older.
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So, what do you think about a one day old Mustang going along with its mother and the herd over hill and dale, running and jumping anything in the path, arroyos and logs? There's nothing wrong with jumping. I assumed you weren't going to be on her. As to lunging, a herd of youngsters will run circles around each other all day long and spin and cut.
However, if you're not skilled in teaching these safely at this time then don't.
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They are also not asked to hold a person when they get older nor do they live as long, I would just rather be on the safe side.
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I would try out some fun trail obstacles!! You can lead her over tarps, tires, water hoses, bridges... etc! You can also expose her to balloons, loud noises... walking through water, the list goes on! ;)
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I would try out some fun trail obstacles!! You can lead her over tarps, tires, water hoses, bridges... etc! You can also expose her to balloons, loud noises... walking through water, the list goes on! ;)

Ooh wonderful idea. Maybe a umbrella, and a grocery bag I know she hates those lol.
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