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Arizahn 08-22-2013 06:17 PM

Please Critique My Training Schedule!
 
Hi, I was wondering if you guys would check my list of things that I want to achieve with my Connemara as he grows up? Hoping to bring him on slowly but steadily. Obviously, I will not expect him to be utterly in tune with this schedule but it lets me keep organised.

He is fourteen months old, and was gelded today :-) By the way, the riding lessons are not on him, lol, I am just staying in practice until he is ready to ride!

Raising and Training Schedule *

Age 1 - 2: Gelding, Basic Handling and Groundwork, Socialisation, Desensitising, Grazing
Professional Costs: Riding Lessons, Gelding, General Vet/Farrier
Checklist:
Catching in field/bringing in/turning out (does this)
Walk calmly and politely through gates and doorways (does this)
Leading in hand at walk/trot for vet (does this)
Leading in hand at walk past traffic/livestock/dogs/cyclists/children/other horses (does this)
Halt/move following shoulder of handler as opposed to leadrope
Standing quietly when tied on yard/in trailer/in stable regardless of distractions
Back up on command (does this)
Yield hindquarters on command
Loading/unloading (does this)
Stabling (does this)
Grooming/checking feet/picking out etc (does this)
Bathing/sheath cleaning
Worming (does this)
Rugging/unrugging (does this)
Stand quietly for vet/farrier (does this)
Stand quietly at *mounting block whilst being groomed *

Age 2 - 3: Basic Handling and Groundwork, Bridling and Bitting, Long Reining, Light Lungeing, Socialisation, Desensitising, Grazing
Professional Costs: Riding Lessons, General Vet/Farrier
Checklist:
Standing quietly in arena with other horses working around him
Leading in hand at walk/trot in the outdoor school/indoor school/showring situation
Leading in hand under trees/over tarpaulins/past scary objects
Light lungeing at walk/trot in the outdoor school/indoor school
Long reining at walk/trot in the outdoor school/indoor school/on the road/over poles/around cones
Loose schooling at walk/trot in the outdoor school/indoor school/over poles/around cones
Back up in a straight line/circles/squares
Stand up squarely
Pivot on the hindlegs both directions
Sidepass from the ground
Leg wrapping
Clipping
Standing quietly at mounting block whilst being leant over *

Age 3 - 4: Basic Handling and Groundwork, Long Reining, Light Lungeing, Breaking and Backing, Socialisation, Desensitising, Grazing
Professional Costs: Riding Lessons, Breaking and Backing, General Vet/Dentist/Farrier, Saddler
Checklist:
Tacking up/untacking
Light lungeing at walk/trot/canter under saddle in the outdoor school/indoor school
Long reining at walk/trot under saddle in the outdoor school/indoor school/on the road/over poles/around cones
Loose schooling at walk/trot/canter in the outdoor school/indoor school/over poles/around cones
Standing quietly at mounting block whilst being mounted/sat on
Standing quietly whilst rider dismounts
Walking/trotting quietly on the lunge with a rider in the outdoor school/indoor school
Walking/trotting quietly in hand with a rider in the showring situation
Hacking out quietly in hand
Standing quietly for the dentist/saddler *

Age 4 - 5: Basic Handling and Groundwork, Lungeing, Schooling Under Saddle, Socialisation, ***** **Desensitising, Grazing
Professional Costs: Schooling and Riding Lessons, General Vet/Dentist/Farrier, Saddler Checklist:
Walking/trotting quietly with a rider in the outdoor school/indoor school/showring situation Walking/trotting over poles/around cones with a rider in the outdoor school/indoor school Cantering on the lunge with a rider in the outdoor school/indoor school
Loose schooling over small jumps
Hacking out quietly alone and in company *

Age 5 - 6: Basic Handling and Groundwork, Lungeing, Schooling Under Saddle, Socialisation, ***** **Desensitising, Grazing
Professional Costs: Schooling and Riding Lessons, General Vet/Dentist/Farrier, Saddler Checklist:
Walking/trotting/cantering quietly with a rider in the outdoor school/indoor school/showring situation
Schooling over small jumps with a rider
Cross country schooling
Pony Club
Forest rides
Endurance training
Dressage schooling



Thank you for reading! Ice cream and cookies for all still present:lol:

Arizahn 08-22-2013 06:46 PM

Dear me, I have no idea where all the asterixes came from!

Hailey1203 09-10-2013 06:32 PM

I feel like by 5 years old, he should be walk/trot/cantering quietly, and then by the time he turns 6 you could be starting him over fences!

Skyseternalangel 09-10-2013 07:24 PM

I love how you aren't in any rush :) That's admirable.

I feel like you have a very nice plan!

Depending on your plans, you don't need to put that much distance between the canter-work.

My horse did not learn to canter until the past 2 years. His trot needed work when i met him but we went 8 months on it and then he learned to canter and now his trot is amazing and his canter is getting there.

So I feel age 4 (but closer to being 5), good to start working on the canter so that by age 6 he's nice and confident and balanced and it can be refined.

Great plan though :)

Zexious 09-10-2013 09:15 PM

Depending on the breed, I think you can start work under saddle a bit earlier than 5/6.

TheAQHAGirl 09-10-2013 10:02 PM

I really do like how you're taking your time. However I agree with Sky.

As for starting age, just because a horse is a certain breed does not mean that you can start it earlier. No such thing as a breed of horse that matures faster than others, only individuals.

G8tdh0rse 09-11-2013 02:54 AM

There is nothing wrong with your schedule and taking your time and letting him mature. Too many people rush horses and want to cram everything in on a 3 y/o. Horses are not mature until at least 5. All that early work does is risk injury.


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