Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
Oh, the poor darling. So glad to hear that you're going to wait until she has physically matured before starting her under saddle. She looks like an absolute sweetie.
The good news is, it's never too late to start a horse. A few years ago, I started an 11 year old mare that had never been ridden and she did fine.
Try not to overdo, especially with the circles. Keep the lunging sessions short and sweet. At this point, I'd probably even wait another year before teaching her to ground drive. I'd make sure she led well, stood well for the farrier, was calm about being touched and rubbed everywhere (udders included) and, when it gets warm enough, teach her to stand for bathing. Other than that, turn her out with a herd so that she can grow and mature in a natural-ish herd environment.
The more land you can turn her out on, the better.
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