Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: in the rainy state
• Horses: 0
you can certainly begin the training process and lay good ground work for your babys future at this point. What you need to remember is that a yearling does not have the attention span of an adult horse nor should they be worked like one. That means short sessions, 10 to 15 mins building up on skills. That being said get your baby used to as many things as you can now such as poles on the ground, tarps, standards, lounging getting used to having people touch him, brush him, pick up his feet, stand quietly, tying and if he is sensible enough maybe cross tying as well, basically anything that you would expect an adult horse to handle on the ground begin exposing your baby to them now. When my 3 yr old was a yearling we taught her to lounge, trailer, be saddled, we played with her mouth, feet, everything!! She could bath clip lounge trailer be saddled (with a bareback pad first and later a pony saddle) and even bridled though we never used the bit for anything. Basically the more they see and do now in a low stress enviroment the more mentally balanced and easier they are to work with later.
As far as actually starting jumping even on free lounging I wouldn't start till they are atleast 3.