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Old 06-18-2019, 01:36 AM Thread Starter
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Giving yearling exercise

I have a yearling pony and am finding it hard to give him sufficient exercise. We take him on walks and sometimes let him loose and he chases our car around. He is by himself, in the day he is tied up grazing and the nights he's in a pen. You can easily tell that he has almost no muscles but is very energetic and I think all his pent up energy gets him angry so he will bite some times.
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Old 06-18-2019, 08:30 AM
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He bites because he is a mouthy yearling and thinks he can get away with it. Best would be turn out time for longer periods so he can exercise himself. Letting him run is good, chasing cars not so good. Can I ask why the limitations? You said he is tied out to graze - how much traveling can he do? Is there sufficient grazing to keep him walking the whole time he is tied out?
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Old 06-18-2019, 11:48 AM
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He should ideally be with other horse - this would teach him some manners, plus it would be healthy for him to have a 'herd'.

I would work on ground work with him, but beyond that he is still a baby and I wouldn't worry as much about actual exercise. As long as his pen is big enough for him to run & frolic in and just be a horse.
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Old 06-18-2019, 11:56 AM
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Completely agree with the posts above. Why is he tied while grazing? He's just a baby, doesn't really need intense work. Let his mind just do its thing, and give him this time to be a horse and figure things out. I'd work on manners for sure, whether that be with the "cowboy" kind of method, or just time with him.
I make every horse I work with learn some ground manners by simply walking. Walk backwards, sideways, forwards, stop, bring their head to the ground and let them think, turn and stand, allow them to submit by their own will, not by any force.
I'd really try and find some other horses for him to go out with. He's not learning anything except cockiness by being alone. Like a kid, he needs to be socialized in order to live a successful life.
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Old 06-18-2019, 04:03 PM
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I think yearling is a great age to exercise their minds and bodies. See how much control they can develop.

Easy things like lifting legs, doing stretches, practicing going faster and slower, walking over a pole on the ground, walking next to him while you drag a bag around. Just fun stuff for them, and getting brushed and pampered if that's the kind of horse you want!
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Old 06-18-2019, 04:54 PM
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If he doesn't have another animal to play with, I would at least get him a big ball. Kick it away from him so he can go check it out or chase it. Some youngsters play pretty rough with balls, so make sure it's not one that pops easily.
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Old 06-18-2019, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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Well I live in Mongolia and how people do things is a bit different than in America or other places. The horses are wild and they live in the wild mostly...just running in a herd. Some of them they break and train to ride when they are yearlings. The horses are almost never calm and have a really hard mouth. Everyone has a yard with a tall fence to keep the animals out (dogs, horses, goats and sheep, cows) So if we let our horse (Caspian) loose on the mountain he will run away or get lost (though he does know where we live and has gotten loose several times and always comes home) or get stolen so we have to tie him up. He has a decent length of rope (maybe we should make it longer) Were thinking about getting him a young sheep to keep him company but he can't really play with it. He likes it if we just sit out there with him but we can't do that all the time.

And about putting him with a herd, we are going to do that this winter (hopefully) but until then I don't think we can put him in a herd or with other horses.
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Old 06-18-2019, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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So you can't think of any way to exercise him? Cause he gets angry and in a bad mood if we don't.
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Old 06-20-2019, 06:12 PM
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See Filou's post (#5). Correct him for being rude and biting or it will just get worse. That correction could be his teeth meeting your elbow or the side of your hand in which you have a tack or push pin so he "stings" himself. It could be as aggressive as getting after him with a crop or whip depending on just what he is doing. If he is halter broke and you can get him behaving and interested then you could set up a small area with poles and if you are able to keep up trot him through a pattern. Set up zig zags for him to go through forward and back. You could look up obstacle courses on google and set a few baby courses up for him. The ball isn't a bad idea either if you can get one. We have had over the years several mylar balloons make an appearance and the horses love to chase them as they don't have enough get up and go to do much more than skim above the ground but a good wind sends them scampering around and the horses think it is a great game.
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Old 06-22-2019, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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ok! thanks for the advice!
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