Thank you so much! I will be doing what you said for sure! So far I have not saddled or bridled her, but am planning to in the next few weeks. I have been lunging her only a little bit, because I know it is hard on her joints. I have tied her, and left her for 10 mins at the most, and she loves to be groomed. Mostly I just drop the lead rope, and not tie her up.
I have had the bareback pad on her, just to get use to the girth around her stomach. And I am going to contact someone with good horses, to maybe pony her around on nice days. I just have to get her use to other horses being around her in the open (she doesn't like them in the open, will try to kick the others, and gets really pushy) so I have been working on that also.
Thank you again, I really appreciate it, and I am looking into different horse training methods, including the ones you mentioned.
I have an old book by Pat Parrelli that was published by Western Horsemand in the '90s. There's some useful stuff in there. I don't know much about his new stuff, though. Buck Brannaman is also good. John Lyons has some good stuff as well.
- get the horse used to the bridle, and responding to the bit (warm the bit up with your hands first, and don't do this if it's -20 C).
- ground driving
- pony with another horse, if you know someone that has a well-broke horse who could do this for you. Alternately, you might want to saddle her, lead her to the corral fence, and climb the fence, so she gets used to seeing you above her. But I wouldn't suggest jumping on her at this point.
- get her used to being groomed, having her feet picked up, etc..
- eventually tying her up. This is one of the last things I do, as I want the horse to really understand that it needs to yield to pressure at all times. I only leave the horse tied for short periods at first, and I'm always there in case it gets into trouble. You probably know this, but make sure you use a quick release knot, and only tie to something very solid, like a post. Don't use a corral panel.
I'm north of Battleford. I've been riding this winter, when it hasn't been too cold, so I'm sure you can do groundwork. Just make sure the footing isn't icy, and don't sweat your horse up, as she could catch a chill when she cools down. I also wouldn't work her too much in really deep snow, as it might be hard on her joints at that age (I don't know that for a fact, but just guessing).
I don't know what you've already done, but I usually do the following:
- round pen/lunge lining
- yielding to pressure with the halter, then later with a bridle.
- desensitizing, with the goal to get the horse to control its fear and trust me, rather than get it used to everything that could possibly scare it.
- lots of saddling and unsaddling. She should stand still, without being tied, eventually.
Hello, I just wanted to say hey, I live in Saskatchewan too! I live in Birsay if you know where that is?
Anyways, I wanted to ask you a question also. Do you do any groundwork with your horses in winter? I have a 2 year old that I am training, but we have been doing the same thing over and over again. I want something new to do with her. I know some things she will need to continue doing, but I want to give her more of a challenge. Any Ideas?
I am asking this because you know what it is like in Saskatchewan, and what the weather is like.