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Training A 2 Year Old.

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        07-12-2009, 10:10 PM
    Choooooooooo chooooooooooo!!!! I hear a train coming 'round the bend :]
    I've got my orville redenbacher's (sp?) too, spyder!

    Listen to what all the other posters are telling you, especially when it comes to finding a KNOWLEDGABLE trainer. And finding a vet to snip-snip his manliness... We do not need more unwanted, who-knows-what-breed-they-are-but-they-look-like-a-rhino foals running around.

    If you are still set on riding a two year old, wait til he's closer to 3 and only WALK for about 5-10 minutes a ride. And that is only if he's mature enough, physically and mentally.
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        07-12-2009, 10:56 PM
    K guys just try to keep it clean in here I think she is new, just cut some slack
        07-12-2009, 10:59 PM
    It is quite clean in here, but I don't think this situation deserves any slack.
    I didn't respond right away because I couldn't tell if you were planning on training the two year old to jump or if you were looking to sell him because you were in over your head.
    Pretty much everything has been said here. No two year old needs to be being jumped, he needs to get a solid beginning on him and be given time to be a horse. Everything now should be very basic.
    From the sounds of it you need either get a very experienced trainer to help you and your horse or you need to pass the horse on to someone who knows what they are doing.
        07-12-2009, 11:01 PM
    Originally Posted by morganshow11    
    K guys just try to keep it clean in here I think she is new, just cut some slack

    When I eat popcorn I do not drop crumbs all over ! I am very clean.
        07-12-2009, 11:12 PM
    Originally Posted by Spyder    
    When I eat popcorn I do not drop crumbs all over ! I am very clean.

        07-12-2009, 11:27 PM
    Originally Posted by LiveToJump    


    Sure. I have extra but remember as per morganshow...we MUST be clean.

    Here you go..

        07-13-2009, 09:17 AM
    I have a two year old stud that I am hoping to run futurity barrels with.
    That said, he has less than 15 rides on him with a whopping 60 to 80 min. Total saddle time. 2 min. Of that was at the trot and 1 min. At a lope.

    Next year I will start working on putting some handle miles on him. He will be three. Sessions will primarily be walk & trot and not to exceed 60 min. Each. That winter I will start slow work on barrels.

    When he nears four, I will start easing him into exhibitions to get him use to sight, sounds, and different ground.

    He will not actually RUN a barrel pattern until he is 4. Everything up till then will be flex, whoa, transitions, handle, and <conditioning (at 3)>.

    Any professional trainer worth their salt will tell you that your horse needs to be BROKE (aka been there, done that, almost able to ride him bridleless ) before you start pushing them in their career. Most physically rough futurities are for at least 3 yr olds and it is held in the fall/winter. Barrel futurities are 4 or 5 yr olds.
    TB racers are the ones notorious for running babies at two and breaking them down by 5.

    We are not trying to bash you (I get comments when I talk about riding my guy at two), but just want you to be aware of what should really be happening at this stage of your 2 yr old's training and the length of time a professional would take before actually (in your case) jumping a horse. Most jumpers (the horse) aren't in their prime until 10 yrs of age. That is when they are just getting going good.
    Every thing before that is foundation work, primarily in the form of dressage training for handle and conditioning.

    Control, control, control.
    You want that horse to be so tuned and trained to feel every shift of your body and respond as if they are reading your mind. Barrel racers rate their horses three strides before the barrels, and jumpers count strides before, after and between jumps, which means you have to be able to adjust the length of your horses stride with a shift of your body. That doesn't come through going straight to taking jumps.

    OK, going to quit now.
        07-13-2009, 09:49 AM
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    LiveTojump, I want to thank you for responding in a friendly and helpful manner. You gave your opinion and you offered sound advice.

    There is a difference between ignorance and stupidity. People come to this forum to learn. If you plan only to post snarky remarks meant only to open the doors for "attack-like" posts then you will be infracted.

    It is one thing to offer an opinion that differs from the OPs. Unless you are willing to offer advice and help to educate them, or follow up with your comments, refrain from posting.

    Thank you,
        07-13-2009, 10:00 AM
    Okay guys, this girl has a serious issue she wants help with. Lets keep this nice and give her the help and information she needs in a kind way.
        07-13-2009, 05:52 PM
    I don't think you should go striaght into jumping, now if I can give you some advice I really do believe the slower you go the better of jumper your going to end up with, to jump well and have a good partnership with your horse, he needs your confidence, but im sure you will do great on him when you are both ready. You know your own horse better than anyone on this. So just go with what you think, but don't do nothing stupid you could hurt an amazing horse, and an amazing bond!.

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