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post #1 of 17 Old 09-16-2020, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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Need Help with Breaking 2 yearlings...

I am a first time horse owner too wanting to know how to halter break 2 yearlings. I am learning as i go but would love any advice I can get.

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I'm no expert but when I halter broke mine I put him int he round pen with a nylon halter and a long thick lead rope and just left him (supervised) for a few hours a day for about a week. He walked around dragging that lead rope and stepping on it. He learned give and release by himself. I did make sure the rope was thick enough that it wouldn't wrap around his legs and get tangled or cause a rope burn and like I Said - I did monitor her while he was in the pen. I would just put him there while I was cleaning stalls or doing yard work. When I started hadn't walking him, he already knew not to pull away from the pressure but to move toward it. It was pretty easy....

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Ah, the new thread!

I strongly advise you to find a trainer to work with, or at very least, an experienced friend to give you lessons, because while we can give you lots of bits & pieces here, if you're a newbie to horses AND you don't know(assuming from what you asked) you are also not knowledgeable about training AND you have baby horses, that's a HUGE learning curve & heaps to go wrong if you just 'go it alone'.

As far as halter breaking, youngster's 'green' bones & joints are very easily damaged & while I do suggest the exercise Farmpony described, I'd hesitate to do this with a yearling, because if they step on the rope & panic, they could hurt themselves severely. So I'd wait until they were around 2yo before doing that personally. And for same reason, I wouldn't tie firm, or do anything 'high impact' with them at that age either.
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What I always did was to first turn them around. Facing their rear pull them around until they have done an 180 degree turn. Do this from each side. They cannot resist as hard in a turn. Always keep your eyes where you want to go instead of looking at the horse but be aware of what it is up to. Once you've made your two about faces then get in front of the horse, your eyes looking forward and put some tension in the lead rope. Try to keep that same tension at all times even if they start going backwards until you get the least amount of forward movement. This may only be a slight lean of their body towards you without their feet moving. You should be able to feel it through the lead rope. Release pressure, praise and give them a rub. Tension again on the lead asking for forward movement and don't let up until you get a foot to move. Just one foot is good enough. Immediate release, praise and a rub. You can stop there for the day but no more than 1 more time because youngsters have very short attention spans.

Next day do the same thing with the turns but when you get to the forward movement no release and praise until they take a step. Next all 4 feet have to move before release and praise. Again you can stop there or one more time depending on how long you've been working. For yearlings I'm going to do 15 or 20 minute sessions.

I usually trained for leading when they were at least weanlings and oldest horse I got that wasn't trained to lead was a 2 year old. I only had one weanling filly that was still resistant by day 3. She was a stubborn one and was still resisting occasionally, if she wasn't in a cooperative mood, when she was a 2 year old. We finally had to have it out for her to learn she didn't get to dictate when and where she was going while the halter was on. That part is just so you know that a particular method may not work on every horse. I had success with other methods too over the years but the one I described just seemed to work the fastest and easiest for me.

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Originally Posted by Becky1234 View Post
I am a first time horse owner too wanting to know how to halter break 2 yearlings. I am learning as i go but would love any advice I can get.

Hello OP. Some more information would be helpful.

Am I understanding you correctly that you purchased two unbroke yearlings for your first horse(s)?

What prior horse experience do you have? Riding? Training?

This might give us a better idea on how to guide you. However, it is always a good idea, no matter how experienced or inexperienced you are, is to take hands-on lessons with a reputable training. In person lessons are invaluable.

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When you say "halter break", do you mean that these yearlings have never been haltered? Or that you want to start doing ground work with them (in other words, they can be haltered, they just don't know how to be led)? What is the background on these horses? Normally horses get used to wearing a halter from a very young age. Were they just left out in a pasture for a year?

I would also suggest getting a professional trainer involved as it is too easy to make a mistake that will be costly down the road. Young horses are so easy to shape, and if you create the wrong type of association, you can quickly end up with unwanted behaviors that will be much more difficult to overcome later. Not to mention that it can become dangerous very quickly. Think of it as a great opportunity to learn about horse training! You can ask to watch and help so you can learn.
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i can get close enough to themn that i can rub there heads and some on the neck but as soon as i pick up the halter and go to themn they run to the other side of the pen wont come near me theyve never had halters and hadnt been touched or fooled with just left out in pasture i have no training exsperience at all just learning as i go with themn one is a female one is a male i know not to walk behind themn and always talk to themn when i approach themn they do follow me around
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they were given to me and no i have no exsperience in training a horse
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Please, for your safety, enlist in the help of an experienced trainer.

If one of the horses is a male do you know if he is gelded? If he is a stallion he needs to be gelded very soon so as to not have any unwanted breeding/babies happening.

Are there any riding schools or lesson barns in your area? They may be able to help you or at least point you in the right direction.

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