As some of you know I said I would make a separate thread if I was selected to participate in the Youth and Yearling Mustang Challenge. I got my acceptance letter on Wednesday. I will be picking up an un-handled yearling this Friday at 8 a.m. I do not know which horse I will get, whether it is a colt or filly, big or small. It will be a complete surprise. After that I will have 90 days to train and gentle this yearling, and then I will go compete on July 25-26. There are three separate parts to this competition; Handling & Conditioning, Leading Trail Class, and Freestyle.
The handling and conditioning part is how manageable your yearling is, and how well it is taken care of (body condition, coat, hooves, etc.).
The leading trail class is where you lead your yearling over obstacles such as; ground poles, tarps, cones, load into a trailer, pick up feet, etc.
And freestyle is where you do whatever you want to show your yearlings athletic abilities and trainability.
For those of you who don't know me, I'm Emma. I have worked with horses for 5+ years, and always wanted to have a career with horses. I plan to go to CSI and get a degree in horse management. I currently own a Appaloosa Mare, Misti, and a Paint gelding, Kiowa. And since I am in absolute love with both of them, there are some photos below. This will be a huge challenge for me, but I suspect the reward this yearling will give me will be greater than I can even imagine.
If any of you have any tips or ideas, they would be greatly appreciated! This is the first time I've trained a horse from the ground up, so I will probably seem stupid to you guys who are amazing with horses. If you took the time to read all this, thank you!!