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jingojewel 06-26-2012 03:11 PM

What groundwork should I still do with him?
Hi, I'm in the process of training my 2 year old paint gelding. I hope to be able to ride him lightly by mid-end summer, but I want to wait for him to fill out a bit more and do some more groundwork with him so he gets a really good, solid foundation. Ive been doing lots of work with him, but id like some opions on what you think is missing from his training, and what I should continue to work on!

So far, he lunges at a w/t and knows the words 'woah' and 'walk'. I also am working on lunging him with a blanket draped over him at a trot and having him stop instantly when the blanket falls off, in preperation for the day when someone falls off him, so he doesnt just run and kick lol. I have been sacking him out with bags and rags, he walks over tarps, I can blanket and saddle him without issue, been moving the stirrups around and putting weight in them ect. I have not yet bridled him, but when he takes a bit well I am going to spend some time grounddriving him. He is learning to move off presure very well and yeilds his hindquarters when i apply pressure to his ribs, and backs up with just the word 'back'.

Does anyone have anything they think I should add? Also, just a quick question, he stands 14.2 now at 2 years, his sire was I think 15.3, and his dam is about 15.1, is 15.1-15.2 a good guess on what he will grow to?


Corporal 06-26-2012 03:27 PM

Backing, turn on the haunches, turn on the forehand, loose lunging and taking cues for walk, trot and canter, and transitions between the gaits.
Many people would be on his back by now. I applaud you for wanting to spend this time with him. Many horses are being worked too hard under saddle, as well, at 2yo. Check out Dennis Reis and what he recommends for ground training. =D

BarrelBunny 06-26-2012 04:17 PM

I love Clinton Anderson for groundwork. I'm getting my boy ready to ride, too! So far, so good! Your horse is adorable, btw!! :-)

Saddlebag 06-26-2012 04:19 PM

Check out equine agility. It's very popular in Great Britain. It helps refine your groundwork and adds some interest for both you and your colt.

jingojewel 06-27-2012 12:24 AM

Thanks corporal! What do you mean by loose lunging? Like off-line? And I have started horses at 2 before and I find they sour young If you ask to much of them, I don't want to push him to hard mentally, even though he's big enough to hold me physically.
Barrelbunny, I've been looking into his methods and liking what I see, Im gonna start watching some videos! And thank you, he's my big baby :)
I've never heard of equine agility before Saddlebag, is it like dog agility?
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possumhollow 06-27-2012 12:29 AM

Do you have a surcingle and a set of longe lines? If you do you can ground drive him to teach him right, left, backing up and all of that and keep him interested.

Foxtail Ranch 06-27-2012 01:15 AM

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Prinella 06-27-2012 01:22 AM

Floating. In hand shows if that's what you want. Walking trails
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NeuroticMare 06-27-2012 01:23 AM


Originally Posted by possumhollow (Post 1568290)
Do you have a surcingle and a set of longe lines? If you do you can ground drive him to teach him right, left, backing up and all of that and keep him interested.

This is awesome advice, much easier on their body than longeing too! Even if you haven't bridled him yet, you can use a longe caveson or sidepull to ground drive, even a well fitting halter will work (like the one that is on him in the picture).

PS... just saw your question about height. It's really anyone's guess, the sire and dam are sometimes a good indication, but some horses defy their breeding (ask my friend who bought a 16hh 2 year old out of 15.3 and 16hh parents, and the Appendix gelding grew to 17.1). They grow at different paces too. My gelding was 13.2hh at 2 years old and then had a massive growth spurt that summer and went to about 14.2. He is 14.3 by the stick measurement, at 9, but seems larger because he is a pretty stocky built QH, plus in dressage training so he's built quite an awesome topline.

Corporal 06-28-2012 08:58 AM

Loose lunging is lunging without the lunge line, and normally done in a round pen. You push the horse away from you and pull them towards you to change reins. My small training area is 55 ft x 65 ft, rectangular and I loose lunge in it, as well. Check out Dennis Reis. CA is great BUT if your horse is mild and already listening to you he'll be confused by the method that CA uses for wild, uncontrolled and disrespectful horses. Reis establishes a relationship and "dances" with his horses, just like a dance partner. He uses small cues and keeps his horses very calm. They both have their place, but Reis's method would augment the work you've already done. =D

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