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Breezy2011 11-30-2012 11:59 PM

2 year olds... Need I say more?
Is there such thing as terrible twos for horses?

Oldhorselady 12-01-2012 12:06 AM

Terrible twos....terrible fours....and terrible nevers. Depends on the horse I guess.

AQHA13 12-01-2012 12:08 AM

Most definitely. I feel my mare didn't grow out of her terrible stage until about 5yrs of age! lol

Breezy2011 12-01-2012 12:09 AM

Okay, because my two year old is a brat, I am trying to get her out of it, she is just deciding not to listen when I am almost done with her. She will try biting, bolting, threatening to kick me and attempting to rear, I slap her everytime and stop her from rearing and kicking

PaintHorseMares 12-01-2012 06:05 AM

Our old saying is that horses don't get brains until they're 10 years patient ;-)

Herdof2 12-01-2012 06:23 AM

Ahhh, youngins :)

Jazz is now 3 1/2 and still very young. For me, I'm just really aware of how long I'm working/schooling her, or how long I've asked her to stand quietly, so I'm not pushing too hard... Just enough that we Have met our goal for that particular moment or day.

The only thing I really feel strong about with young horses is that "slow and steady" will pay off. If I try and rush or I overwork or I damage the trust between her & I, I will eventually end up having to go back to square one and fill in the gaps. I'm too lazy for that! I rather take my time and keep plugging along in the right direction.

Tomorrow is a new day, hang in there :)

rookie 12-01-2012 06:39 AM

yep and then they will be really great for a period of time and then try something new. Patience is key, consistency is key.

Oldhorselady 12-01-2012 10:29 AM

Be patient and calm....sing or laugh. Don't get caught up in anger and frustration. You'll end up in an arguement you won't win and the horse won't respect you.

Rookie said it too where you will just think you made it over the hurdle,then BAM!...another test from the horse. Stick with it and be consistent for many more years.

Thunderspark 12-01-2012 11:54 PM

Doesn't matter what age your horse is, they all test you......some not so bad though......

Eolith 12-01-2012 11:59 PM

My mustang is a two year old and he's just as sweet as can be... it's extremely rare that he ever tests me or acts out. I guess I'm sorta lucky.

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