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post #1 of 6 Old 09-30-2020, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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New Yearling Help?

Hello All!
I'll be getting a yearling gelding in the next couple weeks. He is the sweetest little man, already 13.3 at 15 months (he's a BLM mustang, that's pretty tall).
I'm not going to be doing anything too strenuous with him (no lunging, no poles, etc.), but I am interested in hearing what you have done with your young horses to best prepare them for a riding career. Activities, objects to desensitize, how best to prepare for vet/farrier/teeth floating since he's never done those before.
I'd also love some advice on how to best get him settled at the new barn!
Thank you!

(also: any guesses on how tall he'll mature at? my guess is 15.2)
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First, have you provided info on him & his parents elsewhere, to be able to make more than a completely wild guess at his height? Why do you say 15.2, esp when you say 13.2 is 'pretty tall'(I'm gathering you mean for his type)?

Settling in... Just make sure he is kept turned out with some other horses, and work toward a willing relationship first, before trying to teach specific things/get things done.

Training... What training does he have so far? Does he understand yielding to pressure, leading? That's where I'd start, and 'driving' pressure too. There was a good discussion just recently about desensitising to 'Things' forget name of thread tho.

I'm a great believer in the more the merrier, when talking training/experience of youngsters. More exercise the better too. BUT obviously not pushing any limits, physically or mentally - work WITH him & focus on teaching him you are nice & fun to be around, so he will choose willingly to 'play your games'.

As for physical limits, no 'hard tying' or otherwise doing stuff they may fight hard against, no high impact stuff like jumping, no repetitive stuff like lots of circles esp if at speed, no real weighbearing until around 3yo. No 'real' riding - eg long, hard, high impact till around 5yo
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There is a string test you can do for height. I don't know how accurate it REALLY is though. I think Mustangs are usually anywhere from 14-15 hands. They aren't super tall horses but to me that's about a perfect height anyway.


How "wild" is he? Did he come from a BLM auction? Has he been haltered?


I would do the normal stuff with a yearling - halter breaking, basic ground manners, tying, hooves, grooming, basic desensitizing... etc.
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First, have you provided info on him & his parents elsewhere, to be able to make more than a completely wild guess at his height? Why do you say 15.2, esp when you say 13.2 is 'pretty tall'(I'm gathering you mean for his type)?

Settling in... Just make sure he is kept turned out with some other horses, and work toward a willing relationship first, before trying to teach specific things/get things done.

Training... What training does he have so far? Does he understand yielding to pressure, leading? That's where I'd start, and 'driving' pressure too. There was a good discussion just recently about desensitising to 'Things' forget name of thread tho.

I'm a great believer in the more the merrier, when talking training/experience of youngsters. More exercise the better too. BUT obviously not pushing any limits, physically or mentally - work WITH him & focus on teaching him you are nice & fun to be around, so he will choose willingly to 'play your games'.

As for physical limits, no 'hard tying' or otherwise doing stuff they may fight hard against, no high impact stuff like jumping, no repetitive stuff like lots of circles esp if at speed, no real weighbearing until around 3yo. No 'real' riding - eg long, hard, high impact till around 5yo
@loosie , the OP says this is a 'BLM" mustang. It means "Bureau of Land Management", and so this is a feral horse, captured and sold. It may have been born in captivity, in a holding corral, as many youngsters are, or it may have been rounded up as a foal. One might know it's dam, but not necessarily its sire.
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@loosie , the OP says this is a 'BLM" mustang. It means "Bureau of Land Management", and so this is a feral horse, captured and sold. It may have been born in captivity, in a holding corral, as many youngsters are, or it may have been rounded up as a foal. One might know it's dam, but not necessarily its sire.
Yes, I know. That is why I asked if they have any info on parents or... anything more that would give some clue, rather than just giving a wild guess. My guess would be he's unlikely to make 15hh if he's a feral. OP obviously has some ideas otherwise, if they reckon 15.2hh but where are they getting that idea from??
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I have a 15 mo old TWH gelding that has been on our property since weaning at 6 months. Now granted we visited him since he was a month old and he was already halter broke to lead when we got him. Iíve taught him to stand tied, accept grooming, accept fly spray, accept hoof cleaning, trailering, stand next to the mounting block, drop his head, & back up on command. While heís at the mounting block, I stand on the top step and reach over to pat his neck, touch his ears lightly, and rub his butt. He has been trimmed by my farrier twice and been seen by the equine dentist. We are doing some simple ground driving. I also take him for about a mile walk several times per week out on the road to get used to traffic and leaving the property. I live on a remote gravel road in the mountains so we only meet about 2-4 vehicles on our walk. Most of our training is only about 10 minutes at a time but he learns very quickly. I really didnít realize that Iíve taught him as much as I have until writing this! I also just spend quite a bit of time loving on him. Must be doing something right cause at times he would prefer to be with me rather than his buddies! Also, most importantly we are building a relationship of trust and partnership.
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