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post #1 of 4 Old 05-12-2013, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Working with young horses

I've just been debating on buying a lil 2013 colt for a future working cow horse/cutting horse. I've dealt with 2 year old and up. I was wondering what everyone does with their young ones before riding starts. How often you handle them before their weaned, after their weaned. What kind of ground work at what age.
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-12-2013, 03:54 PM
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We start handling them after giving mom 3 days of bonding. After that, handling for 5-10 minute periods 3-4 times a day. They are usually easy to handle after a week, and come to you/don't want use to leave after 2 weeks. With all the handling, haltering at 3 weeks is usually no fuss at all. We then go to leading, standing tied, and concentrating on the verbal commands (clucking, whoa, back, move, and of course..QUIT), and lifting their feet. That's basically all we do for the first couple years....handling and a good foundation.
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We try to handle them right after birth and again at 10 days when the mares are in heat and then we leave them alone. We catch them and teach them to tie when they are weaned, we deworm them when they need it and leave them alone. When they are a year old we get them in, tie them and handle them a little and then turn them out and leave them alone until we start them under saddle.
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I am dealing with my youngster in a similar timeframe as Cherie.
He was given basic handling as a young foal, then more extensively as a yearling.
He leads well, ties, loads, etc. Has been mouthed and lightly backed at 2 1/2, but pretty well left out in a big rough paddock to his own devices.
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