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sarahlovesmycob

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What can I do with my 6 month old cob?

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soniadevereux

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RE: What can I do with my 6 month old cob?

continue with picking the feet up, and start getting his legs in the position for the farrier.

Ask him to lead

Get him used to things being placed on his back ( ready for rugs)

when grooming do under the belly too.

If you can, wrap your arms round his belly and see if you can make them meet.

Get him used ti wheel barrows and tarpauliin.

Get him used to respect by getting him to go back when asked, move his quarters over when asked, not play up when leading.

I have found a good book called training your young horse by Richard Maxwell it has been very useful.

I have a surprise colt born in may this year  that i have done a fair bit of work with. He leads well, I can open and close gates leading him and his mum on my own, has had his first Farrier trim, had his passort and vetting done ( to get him insured). He has rugs on, me leaning on him, wrap my arms around his belly, and play with his ears.

Good luck. xx

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sarahlovesmycob

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RE: What can I do with my 6 month old cob?

ahh brilliant,thanks alot xx

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Horses Naturally

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RE: What can I do with my 6 month old cob?

Going to get a reputation for repeating myself here! But if you want to get off to a great start and have your Cob really trust you, look into clicker training with him. Also "Teach yourself Horse" by Heather Simpson is a great start at learning about your horses needs in advance of backing him. Good luck and dont forget everything you do together should be fun, for both of you.

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Lothmorwel

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RE: What can I do with my 6 month old cob?

Have you had the farrier, vet and dentist out? They don't have to do anything, but introducing these important people at a very young age is a good idea - get them used to strange people poking them, flexing their legs, having fingers in their mouths. How about clippers? Again, you don't have to actually clip him, but do some work on getting him used to the noise and vinration will help immensley for later. What is he like with being washed? Does he walk through puddles? Does he walk and trot calmly at your shoulder without the need for yanking at the headcollar? Have you put a rug on him?

 

Of course, you can't go about all these things unless he trusts you - if you go exposing him to scary and weird stuff he may not learn good things - he may learn to stay away from the odd person who weilds buzzing things and introduces strangers! Make sure you've done loads of groundwork, that you've touched him everywhere (in mouth, ears, around his delicate parts), that he doesn't mind you're presence. Test his trust in you by introducing him to a dustbin or something similar at first - teach him you're there to help him, to lead him and to be there for  him. Then move on to more stuff.

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sarahlovesmycob

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RE: What can I do with my 6 month old cob?

 hi yes he had farrier out,vet a few times,hes as good as gold bless him..he had his first bath few weeks back n he was really good!! excellent with traffic ,we go out for walks a lot ,yes hes fine with puddles ,i make sure he walks passed or threw them ,and same things with drains ..i always let him have a smell n look at things were walking passed ,hes really nosey haha ..yes hes been rugged ,only a few nights cus i bathed him ,hes staying in a stable at nights now with 2 other geldings ,hes friend who he lived out with went to a new home so i wasnt letting him stay out by himself ,he seems to love it tho ,we open the gate n he trots off into his stable !! havnt shown him the clippers!! thanks for that ,,sorry havnt been on here for months so only just see this!xx

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