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Okay, I am working with my 6 month old colt. What should he be able to do?

I have worked with:
haltering
leading
rubbing all over
lifting and putting down hoofs
tapping on hoofs
spraying water, fly spray on him
brushing him all over including his tail
rubbing his ears

I have started some lunging both ways
he loads and unloads

What next?
 

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Let him be a horse and don't over do it with him. What he knows now is going to stay with him.
Personally I would NOT lunge any horse before it is a long yearling.

Find a sensible gelding for him to run with and let them be.
I am so use to training 18 months and older that I have certain things that has to be done. I am not as sure with a younger colt. He catches on so fast and seems to enjoy the attention he is getting as we go through our daily routine. He likes to be lunged and he loves the game of stopping and going the other way. Also, when I first started doing it with him, he had been stalled up a lot as he was adjusting to his new environment. Now, he is out with another gelding and they are doing well together.

So, I shouldn't start to desensitize him to things like tarps, clippers (not own him , just the noise) and other things like that?
 

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Play games with him! Start desensitizing him to "strange" objects like bikes, tarps, umbrellas, strollers, etc. Start with the lead rope, and once he can accept that all over his body move on to a flag, then play around with different items! The goal is to build curiosity and confidence. Warwick Schiller is my favorite resource for this kind of work! Keep sessions brief and end on a good note!

You are off to a great start! Use your intuition, this is your horse, and you'll have the best feel for what this lil dude enjoys and what gives his brain something to think about!

I think the possibilities are endless as long as you are keeping his developmental age and attention span in mind. (Engaged but not boring or overwhelming)
 

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Play games with him! Start desensitizing him to "strange" objects like bikes, tarps, umbrellas, strollers, etc. Start with the lead rope, and once he can accept that all over his body move on to a flag, then play around with different items! The goal is to build curiosity and confidence. Warwick Schiller is my favorite resource for this kind of work! Keep sessions brief and end on a good note!

You are off to a great start! Use your intuition, this is your horse, and you'll have the best feel for what this lil dude enjoys and what gives his brain something to think about!

I think the possibilities are endless as long as you are keeping his developmental age and attention span in mind. (Engaged but not boring or overwhelming)
He has done well with the lead rope all over his body. I have loaded him and unloaded him into a stock trailer without any issues. He does well with the wheelbarrow, shovel and rake around him. He leads very well and has learned the meaning of Whoa. He knows the back of command and can take a few steps to back of without pressure. I have taught him to square up and he is starting to park out ( at least know the signal to park out). I don't have him to do it for very long. I plan on attending an umbrella and rain jackets soon.

Thank you for the input!!!
 
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