Re: what do you do with your youngsters?
i got Spag at 6months old, he was treated as though he would be a breeding stallion if anyone thinks i did things very early (unfortunately situations changed and hes now a happy gelding)
so, he was bitted at 9months old as colts had to be bitted at the shows i went to with him, he was in a very gentle mullen bradoon bit n was good off voice command n trotted as soon as i started jogging so no pressure needed thank god =)
he had a roller on as a yearling to prepare him for a stallion harness n took to it like a duck to water =) I also did a LOT of groundwork with him, bout 15 - 30 mins a day basically just playing with him in the arena either loose or in his rope halter. got him used to having a mounting block next to him n me standing and jumping on it as we had a horse in that was terrified of mounting blocks so decided he was to get used to it. he saw a lot of farm machinery almost everyday.
i started longreining him at about 18months old n put a harness on him at 2, then a cart, he loved it n we took him out in it about once a week or so, really got him responsive to voice aids.
I then backed him under saddle as a 3yr old in July, we took things at his pace (which was pretty darn quik as hes a real smart cookie) had a beach ride a month after he first had a saddle on (I'd previously sat on him bareback) 4 months after this we went to Somerford Park n had his first jump, again, he was a natural.
And in November we did an Intro hunt as his finale, he was then roughed off and has been in a field with my Aunty's yearling for a month, and will stay there until the spring when he's brought back into work slowly, longreining in March, maybe a few ridden shows n more fun trips to the beach n fun places to hack that we lack in our area =D
enjoy your time wth your youngsterss people, they grow up real fast, lol, n what you teach them deffo stays with them, my auntys yearling has had a pretty bad start n is a real menace in the field threatening you, so im trying to remember what i did with Spag to get this lil guy to be the same stamp of pony that one day a little girl will love to pieces like i love Spag
piccies are as a weanling his first day with me
his first time in a harness at 2yrs
and his first time with a saddle and rider on at 3yrs =D
ride a gypsy vanner... it'll make your butt look smaller