yearling, what now?
I have a yearling POA gelding that I have owned since he was 3 months old. He is a great little colt and has the best friendly personality. Anyways, I want to continue his training, but since he is my first horse I dont know what I should be doing with him as a yearling? He already knows how to lead, lunge w/t/c (not to long and hard obviously), pick up feet, tie and cross tie. Ive also taken him over tarps, poles on the ground, and other "scary" stuff. Whats next? I like keeping him entertained and learning new things, but dont want to push him or do anything harmful for his age. Your advice is appreciated! Also what is sacking out?, heard it on other topic, probably a dumb question. Thanks!
You should practice loading him and unloading him.
Sacking out is kinda what ur doing with the tarp. its getting them dead to new scary things and making them work through it and get use to it. You can use a bag on the end of a stick. First work on being able to touch him all over with it, let him sniff it too. Then get him good at standing there while you whip it around and make lots of noise with it. Teach him woe and also teach him to follow the bag. Some horses will stand there and take it but as soon as they have to move they freak out. Try all different things, the more the better!
You don't want to do too many things with him as a yearling cause he's young. He should wear boots or wraps to support his legs when you work with him.
You may have already done some of these, but
Blanketing so he's used to having something on his back
Leading at a trot
Crossing a little water at lead
Get him used to being around (stationary for now) cars and moving bicycles
reverse at lead
If you have a friend with a horse you can borrow, try ponying him so he's used to you being above him.
I am just starting a two year old. I put boots on her to pony on trail to protect in case of a cross fire step or jumping into the horse I am riding. She has had very basic handling for the first two years. I have a very happy eager to learn filly and no bored pissy attitude.
Thanks for your responses. I have done pretty much everything backinthesaddle suggested. He was blanketed all winter, has been trailered 3 times (we are still working on that :?), crosses water, etc. hes really not afraid of anything that Ive introduced him to yet, other than the occasional jump due to loud noises or something. Hes really an awesome little colt, Im so proud of him! I really want to pony him and hes super bonded to my lease mare, so hopefully I can try that soon. Hes been around bikes and cars a lot, as we have lots of kids that ride bikes at the barn. Thanks so much guys!
Have you worked with him to open his mouth to take a bit.
I have read to use the lead rope to practice this. Use the lead rope as like a mock bit, this way he will learn to open his mouth wide (the lead being much thicker than a metal or rubber bit) and the lead is soft so won't bang his teeth or anything like that, thus leading to a positive experience.
oh you don't have to use boots just if ur loading and doing stuff that the horse might knock its legs together or on something then they have some pertection.
Sounds like you've gotten a really good start! He's probably going to be a really good horse.
What about ponying out on trails for short time periods? And being away and handled from others? What about taking him to some shows to just have him watch.
Or letting him get used to strangers, like vet, farrier.. handle him?
Ive seen lots of yearlings at shows, some in halter classes and so forth.
Also there are things such as teaching them to stand still, get used to a bit/bridal.
Other then that maybe you should let him be a horse for a bit; let him run and go play like a horse.
It seems to be working very well for my yearling.
They are still getting training. And still allowed to be a horse.
If you haven't already you could teach him to lunge. If you haven't already get him used to Umbrellas...sounds crazy i know, but at one of the shows i went to someone had an umbrella and my friends horse Spanky freaked!!!
How about washracks? Umm...also you could try a bareback pad to put on his back...they don't weigh anything and it might help him get used to the girth feeling on his stomach and the stirrups on his barrel.
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