What to do with 18-month old?

Discussion in 'Horse Training' started by imacowgirl2, Sep 30, 2007.

  1. imacowgirl2

    imacowgirl2 Senior Member+

    Feb 22, 2006
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    So, what do you all do with your 18 month olds? I'm running out of ideas quick, fast, and in a hurry!

    She already:
    Stands tied patiently
    Stands for all grooming, including bathing and clipping
    Loads/unloads on trailer
    Approaches/walks through anything scary you ask of her
    Stands perfectly still to have a Wal-Mart bag of aluminum cans dumped over her head
    Has very good ground manners
    Gives to pressure well
    Has been introduced to saddle

    Yesterday I longed her for about 5 mins. on each side at a slow walk to start to install voice commands so we could start ground driving her soon, as that is one thing we had not gotten around to. After the total of ten minutes, she had voice cues picked up. Long-lined her, and felt like I was behind a horse that had been long-lining for years instead of 30 seconds...same results today, even when we worked down the road instead of just in the yard. Basically, after the first few minutes she was pretty much dying of boredom, except when we went down the road.

    We'll continue to long-line her down the road for experience, and work on perfectly refining her other skills, but what else can we do? She picks up on stuff SO fast that she is dying of boredom soon after you start something (someone's going to have fun starting her under saddle!) and at this point it is looking like a LONG year and a half before she is started under saddle.
  2. mattie007

    mattie007 Senior Member

    Sep 17, 2007
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    What you are doing sounds great. You don't want to push or overwhelm her. It will be worth the wait if you do it right and keep working on it, even if she is bored, I don't think that you can do it too much. I would rather have a horse repeating what it is bored with so it will be well trained and ready to go than say ok, she knows it and lets find something else. You won't be sorry that you have repeated all the above. You could try obstacle coarses. I did that with my last young one. We put barrels, cones, and post out like logs on the ground and had them go around over and through it all. If you have her reining going good you could do it while long lining her. I am not an expert, but it has worked for me. I am sure she'll be a great horse with all you've done.

    Good Luck!!!
  3. PeggySue

    PeggySue Senior Member+

    Jul 22, 2006
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    Michelle you can pony her with you when you ride .. this will also help to get her use to you being above her :) You can also just do like i did Moosa work them once or twice a month and let them be horses.. he is two and you know I hardly ever "WORK" him .. I mess with him alot but rarely honestly work him ... the best thing we can do I think is let them be babies while they have the chance
  4. CowGirlUp1833

    CowGirlUp1833 Senior Member+

    Dec 13, 2004
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    Honestly just keep doing what you've been doing. Sometimes with youngsters if you stop working on i.e. loading or tying for long periods of time they will revert a bit... Repetition now will really ingrain in them for the long run.

    This was my routine with my filly:

    Lead in
    Put in crossties
    Clip/Trim/Pull Mane (just a little each day)
    Stand for periods of time
    Load in trailer
    Stand in Washrack (rinse down if warm enough)

    She was such a pro with that stuff that when the riding came it was much easier then I think it would have been.
  5. hmfields3

    hmfields3 Senior Member

    Feb 20, 2007
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    I have a 17 month old Gelding and he also can do all the things yours can. Right now my daughter ponies him 1 time a week but other than that we have let him be a horse.

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