Exercising a Young Horse
Hello! I'm raising/training my first foal, who will now be 2 in March. She's a bit of a stink, and I confess I'm having a rough time with her. Her ground manners are all pretty good; she stands tied, loads, backs, supples, yields hind quarters, stands for the farrier, etc. She will be going to a professional trainer this summer to have her ground manners polished and start working under saddle (by working I mean ponying under saddle, getting comfy with tack in general).
I only own her and her mother, so she is VERY buddy sour. It makes training incredibly difficult. Right now we are focusing on hand walking, because I don't like to lunge them a lot this young. She has gotten so much better hand walking; we've established much more respect so she doesn't try to run me down, no longer bucks, pulls, etc. But oh my Lord the amount of spooking and prancing this girl can do is unreal!
I think her issues are thus; 50% buddy sour, 50% not getting enough exercise. Her mom is my only other horse, and they are dry lotted for the winter. Their dry lot is almost 1 acre, but her mom is older and very laid back; there's not a lot of movement going on.
The last thing I want is for her to see her training sessions with me as "crazy time". I don't want to just get her out and lunge her until she drops, but when I work her she's wound up so tight! How can I help her relax on our hand walks? How do I increase her exercise? I have two young kids, so I really don't have a ton of time.
I'm doing my best. Thank you!
Last edited by loosie; 01-24-2020 at 05:39 AM.