Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Port Orchard Washington State
Sorry for being so distant! I was going to start a new thread but I didn't want to clog up the new new ones.
Ok so a lot has been going on with Lestat. His first dose of big boy hormones has kicked in but not in a negative way. He knows he's supposed to feel a certain way sometimes but he also understands through experience that if he attempts to act on these feelings mom gets mad. Not so much angry mad more just like "put it away *flick*" mad.
He's a very smart boy and caught on very fast that talking to the girls wasn't ok when he's being worked, he has to pay attention to mom or whoever else is handling him and ignore the other horses. He also learned that trying to run away on the lunge line means more work and harder lessons so he did a 180 and is working perfectly with his transitions. When I say he's done then he's done and he knows not to try and decide that for me.
I've ground driven him a lot and worked on turning all sorts of directions, walking over trot poles, stopping, backing straight and at all other angles, and trotting all over the place as well. He has a great stop on him and he's very underneath himself. I've lined him to the mounting block and leaned over him, wagged my legs around, patted his sides while I'm flopped over and he doesn't seem to have any issue at all. He's also been worked with mares riding around him, next to him, cutting him off, sitting on his butt and he's been a perfect boy. As soon as it looks like his attention is going elsewhere he is corrected and has come to learn quickly that other horses don't exist when he's being worked.
He has a case of the baby warts that are worrying me a bit. He has a show coming up in June and I don't think the bigger one will be gone by then. I'm not sure what to do about it and I was told to leave them alone because they'll go away on their own. I hope they hurry.
I do have questions though. I was told different things by many different people about riding a 2 year old. I've heard that just sitting on them at the end of a working session is really good for them. I've heard wait until they're 15hh or more to get on them (he's 15.2), and I've also heard don't touch him until he's 3. So what is it? When getting these answers my main question was can I sit on him. I don't want to work him in his transitions but I would like to sit on him and maybe have a friend lead me around for a couple minutes after he gets worked. The sooner I can get him used to someone on his back the easier the rest of his training will be but I also don't want to hurt him or damage his growth at all.
Suggestions? Would sitting be ok? Walking maybe? 5 minutes?
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Last edited by drafts4ever; 05-03-2013 at 01:18 AM.