I like Roo's idea. Get her started going over small obstacles and exposing her to different things. I know a lot of folks don't like Parelli, but the games are good to play with babies, don't just work her around the barn either, take her on walks and do things outside the arena. Just don't work her to long at one time.
So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.
If she is good with the basic groundwork, I would not quite start with lunging etc, but do tons of desensitizing! Show her as much as you can, the more she sees and interacts with, the better she will be under saddle in the future.
Skutter - BelgianX born: May 28 2009
Spring - Standardbred born: May 2005
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.
To be fair, you can't really compare a wild mustang to a tame horse. Horses that are domesticated are wanted as riding companions for longer than a wild horse would be, and I have never seen wild horses run around in deep sand over and over...?
I agree with posters, basic work, but don't over do it, and I wouldn't want my youngster jumping anything at this time.
i like throwing a tarp over their back and rubbing it all over them. also those big exercise balls are fun to desensitize them too, my mare will let me bounce it off her back and her butt now. does she know how to yeild her hindquarters/fore ? what about back from a distance ?
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