Hi, I'm in the process of training my 2 year old paint gelding. I hope to be able to ride him lightly by mid-end summer, but I want to wait for him to fill out a bit more and do some more groundwork with him so he gets a really good, solid foundation. I've been doing lots of work with him, but id like some opions on what you think is missing from his training, and what I should continue to work on!
So far, he lunges at a w/t and knows the words 'woah' and 'walk'. I also am working on lunging him with a blanket draped over him at a trot and having him stop instantly when the blanket falls off, in preperation for the day when someone falls off him, so he doesnt just run and kick lol. I have been sacking him out with bags and rags, he walks over tarps, I can blanket and saddle him without issue, been moving the stirrups around and putting weight in them ect. I have not yet bridled him, but when he takes a bit well I am going to spend some time grounddriving him. He is learning to move off presure very well and yeilds his hindquarters when I apply pressure to his ribs, and backs up with just the word 'back'.
Does anyone have anything they think I should add? Also, just a quick question, he stands 14.2 now at 2 years, his sire was I think 15.3, and his dam is about 15.1, is 15.1-15.2 a good guess on what he will grow to?