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girl_on_black_pony 03-17-2009 07:41 PM

New horse...
 
I'm getting a brand new horse to start training. She's two. When I get her home, how long should I wait before I start with Clinton A.? I was thinking about a week of just getting to know her, walking her around, grooming and such. Just test what she can handle? Thanks.

Calamity Jane 03-18-2009 01:14 AM

Oh heck, you can start a foal with training (just the very basics, desentizing with your hands and sensitizing with simple pressure by let's say, putting your fingers on his hip and asking the baby to move it over).

I'd go ahead with CA right away. That IS the way that you and your horse bond. What will you do if you are grooming the horse and she decides to step on you? Or kick you? Or bite you or?.... my point is, getting her into the training is getting her into a bond of "me leader, you follower" in a nice way....something that she'll appreciate, cause she wants to know what you expect of her, where she belongs in your herd (you and her).

Horses want to know what's expected of em. The sooner you establish the rules and boundaries, the more relaxed she can get, knowing what's what.

Of course, since she's only 2, keep it easy, no excessive work. But you can do all of his basic ground work series, just keep it simple.

Good luck and congrats on your new horse!

girl_on_black_pony 03-18-2009 01:21 PM

Thanks :D

loosie 03-25-2009 02:19 AM

I agree basically with Calamity, depending on what you do & how you do it. Not really familiar with CA, but he's basically out of the Parelli type mold, so I am assuming he starts at the start - bonding, desensitising, etc.

I say 'basically' above because I don't think you need to stop at 'just the basics' with a young horse. They're a precocial species, meaning they're mentally as capable as an adult soon after birth. Aside from high impact or weightbearing work - ie stuff they're physically immature for, the more the better & apart from actually being ridden(the more exercise the better too), my horses have done everything I would expect them to need to learn within the first year of life, if I can help it. Again, I think it depends on how you go about all that as to whether it's potentially too much - for a horse of any age.

aruraeclipse 03-25-2009 12:01 PM

The more you work with her too, the more that she can get to know you, and the boundaries like clamity jane and loosie was saying. Its nice to get to know the horse and understand how it acts and why it acts under certain situations, so you can find out why she is doing and how to go about it, good luck and keep us updated :)

SamboStar 04-03-2009 07:28 PM

Go ahead and start working her! (not too hard physically, though!)
I'm so far impressed with Clinton Anderson, and have yet to try it on a mustang cross...if you look in my horses, he's "Star".


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