to Begin Training
just received your audio, "Making
Not Breaking", and it is wonderful. Thank you so much!
do have one question. My horse turned two years old this past March. Is she too
young to begin training (riding)?
so much for any and all advice.
a horse turns two early in the spring like yours, I often do longeing and long
lining training (go to my website for info on these topics) during the summer
of the 2-year-old year and do some light riding training in the fall, then
turn the horse out for the winter and resume in the spring when the horse is 3.
It depends a lot on the breed and size of the horse and the maturity of the limbs
- you might want to have your veterinarian look at your filly's knees to determine
if the growth plates are "closed", that is, mature enough to begin training.
glad you like the tape! Best of luck,
In one of your books you
talked about estrus in the young horse, and you indicated that some mares may
have a particular problem which could be the reason for undesirable behavior.
My two-year old filly occasionally exhibits dangerous behavior such as squealing,
kicking, bucking and slinging her head excessively while being lounged and trying
to jerk free while being led. I think the most alarming thing about these behaviors
is that sometimes they are quite unexpected. The filly will be going along quietly
and then seem to "explode". I know that she is not agreeable to lessons
when it is near her meal time, but isn't this behavior a little too extreme a
reaction to her desire for dinner?
Any suggestions, comments would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much! - Jay
you describe sounds like typical, but not necessarily desirable, young horse behavior.
It is common with yearlings and two year olds receiving training. And because
your horse is a filly, some of her outbursts could be hormone related. With all
that in mind, you still need to implement means of discouraging such behavior
because if left unchecked, it could result in an unruly, even uncontrollable animal.
Safety is always the first thing in my mind when I hear of sudden outbursts, so
Be sure that before you embark
on any in-hand or longeing lessons that the filly has been turned out for free
exercise. This allows her to burn off that excess energy that often shows up as
bucking and head slinging etc. It is hard to expect a horse of any age to not
be a little frisky or head strong if she has not had the opportunity to kick up
her heels and be a horse before being asked to pay attention to lessons.
read other training and riding articles, look under Ground Training
at Cherry Hill's
Horse Information Roundup
it for this month.