WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON THIS WEEK with your 3-7 year old?

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  1. TallOak10

    TallOak10 Full Member

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    Just thought it would be a nice idea to share training, approaches and outcomes. This thread is for the person bringing along their own youngster. Maybe we can benefit from each others' contributions and investments into our young ones! This thread is NOT for snarky know-it-all jabs. There are many ways to do something. That's what this thread is meant to share. Start off with how you and your youngster's journey began, where it's traveled and end with what you are working on this week. We can then add our weekly training sessions and results thereof. I'm looking forward to reading and sharing!

    I'll start. I have Cochise. He's my five year old paint gelding. I met him accidentally when I was looking for my missing cat. Cochise was born on my street. It was my first LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT experience. He was eleven months old. He came home with me when he was thirteen months old. I keep a journal of things I want to do and expose him to each year, and then I revise that all of the time. He was started to saddle at around two and a half. I didn't do the 30-60 day thing. There's nothing wrong with it, I just didn't do it. I just worked him lightly two to three times a week. I wanted compliance, work ethic and a routine for him -- but I felt he was still too young to make a lot of physical demands.As I said, now he's five. We do long lines and surcingle work; work under dressage and trail tack. At this point, I am working him in the arena, in an indoor when we can get to one, and in the woods around my house. I try to take him to different place each month so that he can deal with the excitement of a new place, settle in, relax, and work there Walk, trot, jog, transitions are coming along. We are currently working on a consistent canter depart. That will take time. Tomorrow I am taking him across the street to do some cavaletti work and then a small trail ride. It's supposed to rain. I'm hoping that the weather man is wrong as usual. What about everyone else?
     
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    fennecfox Senior Member

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    Grids 4 dayzzz.

    Lots of bounces and one-strides with landing poles. It keeps him a little lighter and more attentive to where he's putting his feet. If I'm able to, I wanna try to get a video tonight. He's a 7yo, planning on moving up to Novice in Fall 2016.
     
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    My lesson Sunday was more of a focus on balance and straightness - correct use of the body. Did some quarter pirouette, quarter forehand, shoulders-in, and piaffe work. Then some medium trot because he likes bigger movements and it's his reward/break.
     
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  4. TallOak10

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    I would love to see a video!
     
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    firegurl979 Senior Member

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    Took my 4 year old Morgan on his 5th ride, 1st trail ride.
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    pippy Senior Member

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    We are relaxing this week, my guy has been pushed quite hard over the last 3 months with dressage schooling. I know its time to back off when he doesn't walk up to me to be caught in the paddock. So we are going on a few trails, and probably XC schooling and to the beach this week for some fun down time.
     
  7. LifeIsGrand

    LifeIsGrand Senior Member

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    My horse is 7. This week I have worked on landing his lead after jumps and jumping over them "slower". I worked on leg yields and serpentines to get him bouncing off my legs and changing his bend (he's not a fan). We also worked on lengthening and shortening. We went through a short trail ride as well. All in all, he's been good. I have a dressage lesson this Sunday so I want to talk to her about what I can do to get him off my left leg better and also work on lateral work to the left because I have trouble in that direction
     
  8. Dream27

    Dream27 Senior Member

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    Are we allowed to post about our 2 year olds? I don't want to cause any issues.
     
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    OF COURSE!!! Just a general age range listed.
     
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    How old is he with doing piaffe work?
     

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