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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I agree with all of these things except maybe the lunging even in large circles. At two they're still rather gaunty and their joints are still soft, even that can possibly mess them up! I didn't start lunging my filly until she was approaching three years. That's really just a matter of opinion though. Otherwise, here are the basics that I thing they should know by 2.
Leading, catching, haltering manners
Being familiar with trailers- coming up and down, and going for short rides.
Desensatised to saddles, bridles, pads, gates, cones, barrels, jumps etc.
Yield to pressure. Ie; if you press lightly on the shoulder, they'll step away.
Backing up when asked (cues can range from a tap on the chest to pulling back the lead line. It really just depends)
Walk/trot on line (not lunging!)
Sacked out (accustomed to having tack on)
Being familiar with being tied for atleast fifteen minutes at a time
Willing to drop their head/flex neck when asked.
Not head shy
And most importantly, know how to act around other horses! She should be ok with walking around, behind, or in front of another horse without spooking/getting excited or distracted.
Ofcourse, many of those things are optional, but ALL of them will help when you go to saddle train her =]
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