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of any games or training or anything that I can do with my yearling? I get lots of horse magazines but they all have to do with older horses that you can ride. I usually work on all the basics with my filly, (leading, backing, picking up feet, brushing, spraying, getting used to things) but I think its getting a little boring for both of us. Does anyone have any ideas of what I can do thats fun and different than the normal? Thanks! =)
 

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take her for walks. off the property too. do anything now that you can think of that will help her in the future with training. actually,,, anything you do everything you do with her is training. so make sure its positive or ends positive. throw saddle pads, throw a saddle on... get some treats have her follow you .. some tricks. put carrots low and in between her front feet and see if you can get her to bow. have fun with it.
 

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Despooking. Walk the horse over things like a blue tarp, a piece of plywood, a metal surface, and differant highths like up a hill and then back your way down it. over logs and things. You can make a wall if pop cans hanging from strings to walk her threw. crack whips, plastic bag on a stick. basicly anything that is new to the horse that makes fast motion or nouse will help to desensatise it and teach it to think before reacting instictivly. All this will help alot when you get them out on the trail where anything can hapen.
 

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Expose her to everything and anything you can...The last filly I raised I would toss a ball at her throw tarps on her and let her walk around with it. I just plain out agrravated her, but she took it all in and turned out to be a good trail horse without any refusal's. Good luck!!!:wink:
 

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You have gotten some good ideas here. I like to make mini-trail courses. The bridge, water box, walk-overs and trot-overs especially. I also like to teach them to pivot on haunches and forehand, as well as sidepass, from the ground.

A great thing to do if you can is pony her. It gets her used to having someone above her, and it will let her try something new.

Let us know if you come up with some other ideas. I'm always looking for new things to do with my horses. =)
 

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Get her use to vehicles and other animals. My old barn had a golf cart and we use to drive it around outside the paddocks and let the horses get use to the noise it made. We also had a flock of chickens that where always flapping around and flying up onto ledges.
 

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You have gotten some good ideas here. I like to make mini-trail courses. The bridge, water box, walk-overs and trot-overs especially. I also like to teach them to pivot on haunches and forehand, as well as sidepass, from the ground.

A great thing to do if you can is pony her. It gets her used to having someone above her, and it will let her try something new.

Let us know if you come up with some other ideas. I'm always looking for new things to do with my horses. =)
How do I get use to her being ponied? I have a horse that I can ride and would trust to ride bareback with just a halter but her and my filly dont get along the best. I dont want my filly to freak out when Im on the other horses back and I dont want the horse I'll be riding to try to kick her.
 

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I should add that she's a quick learner and will do almost anything for me. I've had her walk over metal gates that we had laying down, jumped around near her, walked her over branches in the pasture, walked her up and down hills(but never backed her), and other stuff like that. Thanks for the suggestions they're all really good and I'll try them out when I start feeling better.
 

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I just saddle up and go. The first time, I only walk, and only do it for five or ten minutes. That way, you can see how they're going to react to moving together. If the horse you're riding is very responsive, it should be pretty easy to keep it under control. It will take your filly a while to get used to it, but with practice, she will probably come to love it.

The goal is to keep your filly's head next to your leg. I usually keep my hand about 18 to 24 inches down the rope from the halter. If you're worried that one of them (or both) are going to be a little antsy, you might put them in splint and/or bell boots. I like using bell boots, especially at first, so if they step on each other, no one will get hurt.
 

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Thanks again! I'll try that but first, I'll have to ride the mare first cause its been awhile since she has been rode. I just have one more question, you dont tie the lead rope around the horn right? cause i've seen some pictures where they're doing that and it looks dangerous.
 

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I just carry the rope. I never tie off. If I know both horses involved and they both do well, I might loop the rope over the saddle horn if I need both hands for something, but I always pick the rope up again.
 

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Ok, thanks again for your help. Trust me, if when I first start to ride her(which will be like 2 years or so) and she's fine with it, you're getting some of the credit. =)
 

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I have trailered my young ones to a local weekend show or county fair. I always stall next to a buddy the little one is used too. This way they get used to the excitement, other horses, rides, etc... This has worked well for me.
 

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There are a few things which if you do it before you ever get on her back will make her a better horse under saddle (at least easier to break).

1. Although she's young you can teach her to steer (with help from a friend) by teaching her to bend and move in the direction you want by using long reins (driving reins) or even lunge lines attached to the SIDES of her halter, and standing behind her (far enough away that if she gets scared you do NOT get kicked).

(Do this in a small confined area since you're doing it with a halter and won't be able to stop her if she gets scared.) Using this method and voice commands teach her to "walk on" (followed by a click at first and if neither of those work have helper stand by her head and lead her forward, Whoa (stop), turn left (Gee), turn right (Haw). Once she knows all that it will help her understand (using same voice commands) when you eventually get on her back. Eventually you can ditch the helper and just use the voice commands to get what you want.

2. You can teach her the start of leg yield from the ground. Start by standing near her girth area on her left side. Taking your fore finger "prod" her where your leg would normally ask her for forward while bending her neck left. The first time she may do nothing so prod a bit harder and add a click (or two).

Even if she does nothing more than shift her (hind leg) weight AWAY from you - praise her. :D Repeat until she steps away from you until you stop bending her and or stop the prodding.

Make certain you do this on BOTH sides because when a horse learns on one side it does not automatically translate to the other side. :?
 

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open environment

According to me she needs to be free to the open environment and remaining, you should consult to the specific person in this sector. He will assist you as much as possible.
 

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Another thing that will help alot later on is for you to set up on the fence and pet her or giver her treets from there. Getting her use to you being above her will prepare her for you being on her back.
 

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Turn on the haunches and turn on the forehand are great things to teach younglings. Or get them to step away from you sideways. Teaching them to move in more ways than backwards and forwards is great.
 
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