Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Neither here nor there
• Horses: 0
It sounds like she has a good foundation already. I keep building on this and start introducing more and more 'scary' things and getting her used to them - tarps, plastic bags, rain coat, plastic horse eating barrels, etc. as she progresses you can start doing safe and simple trail type obstacles (walking over plywood on the ground, then progressing to low bridge), walking through water, open/close a mailbox, etc. all of this should be done slowly and in a manner that is not too frightening but building trust in one another. Make sure there is lots of time for her to just grow up and be a horse too though, as you don't want her to burn out. And as others said short sessions are better than long ones.
How does she do loading in a trailer?
Eventually you may want to take her to a show environment just to see it all, even if she is not showing. This can help ger her used to 'that world' and all its sights and sounds without lots of pressure so that when you are ready to show (if you plan to show) it will not be too stressful to her. Some of the local shows around me offer trail in hand classes, where you lead a young horse through the trail course (rather than ride them) so that might be something to shoot for.
You can get her used to beng bathed and clippers around her head and face (without a blade first so that she gets used to the vibration and sound).
All of my horses by the time they are ready to go under saddle have seen many different obstacles and gotten used to them, so doing them under saddle is usually a piece of cake.
Last edited by Tryst; 07-01-2013 at 03:26 PM.