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post #1 of 5 Old 04-26-2016, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Structure and planning!

So when I started Trouble I had absolutely no plan. My main goal was to ride him, and to teach him (insert things here) as we went along. That honestly worked well for me, and I learned a few things on the way and uprgraded my technique a bit. But I'm not here to bicker over that.

When I first taught Trouble everything he knows I went with the wind. Eventually he learned my subtle body cues and we can now successfully get from point A to B - though most of what he knows actually came from ground training. I need help fine tuning. I've been horrible stressed and busy with Graduation so I realized today I need routine to fit into my firm schedule, instead of the notion "I'll just ride whenever I have time." I need to make time.

Making time would be a lot easier if I had everything planned (or as planned as I can get) Before I head to the barn.
So - does anyone have a routine or a plan they follow with young green horses. My previous notion was to just get on and ride but obviously that's not working time wise for me.

What do you do with young horses that doesn't involve just getting on and going, and teaching on the way? That's how I've done it, my father's done it, most of my family. No arena work or round penning, no poles.
My rough schedule is:
Ride 1km easy walk
Ride 2km easy/brisk walk
Ride 5 km rest and 5km back at easy walk.
But to work on fine tuning I need something more. Maybe cavaletti exercises? Obstacle courses? Help me out guys and give me some ideas to make my green boy better! I can try pretty much anything as he has no dirt, no spook he just doesn't know much and walking down the road at a walk isn't teaching him very much right now.
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You can teach a lot, just riding down the road and across the fields. I trained horses for years that way, before I even had an outdoor arena or round pen
Only thing it limits, esp at certain times of the year, is footing, and I have gone down simply by a green horse loosing his footing, loping in snow, hitting an icy patch
Never had time to lunge a green horse when we first started to raise horses. I was working full time in the lab, and had tow young children. I would wait for hubby to come home, and then ride that green horse out, over the fields, often coming home in the dark. You can really get them broke, riding out, and then easy to put other things on them, hauling to an arena now and then
I taught horses flying lead changes and good transitions, simply riding down our gravel road. Don`t need an arena to teach turn on forehand, turn on haunches, side pass or a spin or flying changes. Only thing I had to haul for, is once a horse was ready for a sliding stop. Found out that while they could slide on packed snow, even barefoot, the front feet would slide also, and that scared a horse, and rightly so! (me also, for that matter! )
I had poles in my pasture, so I could do L back throughs, side pass, jog overs, ect. I would go out in our winter hay field, and back around round bales- just us your imagination!
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I'm not in the riding phase yet with my colt, but when we get to the point you are at, it'll look something like this...

Some days just long trail rides with some long trotting (or maybe in my Colts case gaiting, the jury's still out on whether or not he's gaited), short cantering, lots of exposure to traffic, dogs , kids, atvs, etc.

Some days obstacle training...bridges, ditches, water, poles, mattresses, pool noodle tunnels, whatever I can dream up for him to go over under or through.

Some days basic tuneup, steering, stopping, at and from all his gaits, collection, side passing, fore/hind moving...

And some days he'll just get to be a horse. Eventually, probably when he's around five, I'll start seeing if he's got an interest in speed games, or jumping, or if he's better suited to extreme trail...

But those are some of my ideas for keeping things interesting with my young horses
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I'll add it is important to work on circles, small and large at all gaits as well as a smooth reverse of direction.
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You can teach a lot, just riding down the road and across the fields. I trained horses for years that way, before I even had an outdoor arena or round pen
Only thing it limits, esp at certain times of the year, is footing, and I have gone down simply by a green horse loosing his footing, loping in snow, hitting an icy patch
Never had time to lunge a green horse when we first started to raise horses. I was working full time in the lab, and had tow young children. I would wait for hubby to come home, and then ride that green horse out, over the fields, often coming home in the dark. You can really get them broke, riding out, and then easy to put other things on them, hauling to an arena now and then
I taught horses flying lead changes and good transitions, simply riding down our gravel road. Don`t need an arena to teach turn on forehand, turn on haunches, side pass or a spin or flying changes. Only thing I had to haul for, is once a horse was ready for a sliding stop. Found out that while they could slide on packed snow, even barefoot, the front feet would slide also, and that scared a horse, and rightly so! (me also, for that matter! )
I had poles in my pasture, so I could do L back throughs, side pass, jog overs, ect. I would go out in our winter hay field, and back around round bales- just us your imagination!
Okay smilie, you make me completely reassured I'm doing the right thing and you make me want to go right out and do it. That and also the fact that those same words came out of my old mans mouth today. "Stop thinking about it and just go ride!" I thought I needed a bit more structure but that's exactly what we need to do, just go out and ride. Thank you smilie!
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