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Romance 05-03-2011 11:11 AM

The next step when breaking a 4 year old!
Has anyone got any ideas of what to do next on my young horse? So far I have sat on her and had somebody lead me around while I lightly nudge her and stear her, but I don't know what to do next without pushing her too far and me ending up on the floor!
Should I just go around on her alone or be lunged?? HELPPP!! =D

mbender 05-03-2011 03:41 PM

Question. What kind of ground manners have you done with this horse? How old is she? Breed? Is this yout first time breaking?
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haflingerlover 05-03-2011 04:19 PM

Ground driving. Get her used to the bit and let her learn right left and whoa. Then get on her and ride her again. When riding a green horse use your hands NOT legs except for go, also be careful of your seat she has no idea how to balance you up there. Just remember she knows nothing and take your time.

mls 05-03-2011 04:21 PM


Originally Posted by haflingerlover (Post 1022242)
When riding a green horse use your hands NOT legs except for go

I don't understand what your reason is? I use my legs the very first time I ride a green horse. More legs than hands actually.

haflingerlover 05-03-2011 07:38 PM

When we ride the green ones the first few rides are to teach them how to balance you up there then to walk trot and canter. The less you do the easier it is for them to learn how to balance you with out you flapping around up there.

momo3boys 05-03-2011 08:06 PM

I have to agree with the legs idea. When starting my 3yo I used my seat and hands more than my legs. We never walk in a straight line but that's ok for now. If I give him leg he just goes faster so I will work on that, but not yet. One thing at a time.

luckyT 05-03-2011 08:19 PM

I would suggest doing groundwork and work her with the bridle and voice commands for a while until you can control her with the bridle on the ground with the slightest twich of the reins.Then when you are on her she will respond nicely to your hands,while you work on balance and stuff.

luckyT 05-03-2011 08:24 PM

That's what I would suggest, but I'm not an expert.That is the way I am training my horse and she does terrific.

Romance 05-04-2011 07:54 AM

On the ground I have done everything she is halter trained, perfect at lungeing and has good manners. I have given long reining a go but I don't know how to get her to move forward, she doesnt understand.

I dont know her breed but I think she has some thoroughbred in her, she is 4.
When I ride her i nudge her once and say walk on, she does so, but when I turn her she just does a really sharp turn. I try to nudge while turning but she doesnt understand (this is all done with somebody leading me).

mbender 05-04-2011 09:25 AM

She's young and lunging her is so important. Ground driving after she's learned to move forward would be the next step. That will help with the steering part. And don't get frustrated with her as she is probably not sure what you want. I would definitely go backwards and start her lunging.
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