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Class of 2013?

Postby StraightForward » Mon Oct 12, 2015 3:41 pm

Anyone else? My new 2 yo arrives within the next week. She knows how to tie, load and pick up her feet. That is about it :lol:

I'm trying to think of all the new things she will need to learn:

Wearing blankets
Cross-tying
Going through barn alleys (she's been raised on 100 acres with a run-in shed)
Getting used to 4-wheelers, tractors, dogs, little kids
Fly spray
Hoses/bathing
Leg wraps/wearing boots
Being away from the herd
More in-hand work (trotting, turning hips/shoulders away from pressure, backing)
Wearing tack
General idea of lunging
Going new places

What are you working on with your babies to prep them for their working lives?
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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby Canyon » Tue Oct 13, 2015 1:42 am

How exciting! Please post pics when you get her settled in.

I'd add to your list - getting used to those scary clippers.

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby Spotted at X » Tue Oct 13, 2015 3:33 am

Make sure you add, loading and unloading safely to your list, even if they do it well now, be certain to practice! Nothing worse then a horse that takes you an hour to load! Ugh.
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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby StraightForward » Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:11 am

Yes, how did I forget clippers? Luckily I have a very quiet pair of cordless ones that are great for training. Then we move up to the A-5's later.

Loading - yes, we'll be going places weekly if at all possible. She pretty much self-loads in a very similar trailer to mine, so that is one place where I think we're good and will get plenty of practice.
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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby StraightForward » Mon Oct 19, 2015 2:16 am

Well she arrived last night and naturally I have to leave town for work tomorrow. But she's here safe and sound and I'll start figuring out what she needs to learn. I washed her socks today because they were dirty from the trailer ride and her PPE noted a minor case of scratches. Had to do most of it with a sponge because she clearly is not used to being hosed, though she did tolerate me spraying her front feet for short bits.

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby Canyon » Mon Oct 19, 2015 4:06 am

Thank you for the photos!

She is very classy looking. Congrats!

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby bascar » Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:55 am

Very good looking for a 2 yr old! I hid Bianca in the back 40 for her first two years. She turned 3 just last month and I'm thinking about sending her back there again....

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby StraightForward » Thu Nov 05, 2015 2:09 pm

Would love to see photos of Bianca, Bascar!

I'm super pleased with my filly. The breeder did a very nice job of teaching her manners, and I think she is also just naturally sensible and laid-back. I had no problem trimming her feet without any assistance last night even though it was getting cold and blustery. She learned the idea of lunging in about 2 five minute sessions and is pretty nonchalant about being blanketed now. We're going to work on to taking the bridle and wearing a surcingle in the next few days. She's got a bit of rain rot that is mostly healed up, but I'm working on getting the scabs off, so might not bother with saddling until those are 100% gone from her back. She's definitely getting the hang of being fussed over!
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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby Kyra's Mom » Fri Nov 06, 2015 5:39 am

Super... Nika, did you come up with a barn name yet? I will have to get over to see her again soon and swoon over her :lol: . My little gray dirty yak doesn't hold much enchantment right now. I'm holding off on the blanket until the temps are consistently in the 40's so must contend with dirt :P .

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby StraightForward » Fri Nov 06, 2015 4:43 pm

They are all getting rather yak-like aren't they? The white socks are total dirt magnets.

Still kind of stuck on a name, but I'm done with my work travel for a few months now, so hopefully I'll be able to spend a little more quality time with her and see if something sticks.

Hope you're getting over your cold! Just give me a call if you want to come by and see her in actual daylight one of these days. :)
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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby Kyra's Mom » Sat Nov 07, 2015 4:47 am

StraightForward wrote:Just give me a call if you want to come by and see her in actual daylight one of these days.


Oh, I will. Yes cold is better. I actually rode today for the first time in 2 weeks. Between my health, my parents (2 parents, 3 falls in the last 4 weeks :( ) and work...my riding has been rather sporadic. That is why if you want to ride something...come on over. She certainly isn't over worked.

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby StraightForward » Sat Nov 07, 2015 3:21 pm

Oh geeze, sorry about the parent troubles. They're lucky to have you close by to help them out. Yes, I will probably take you up on riding Kyra this winter, once I get the garden put away and get through my latest round of house decrapification.
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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby Baroque » Wed Dec 02, 2015 9:14 pm

Mine is more a class of 2014 with this one who is coming up to a year in age now. :lol:

She is a PRE filly from 2 Spanish imports of impeccable breeding and has been with us for a few weeks now and is settling in nicely with one of my other youngsters.
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She's going to be a big girl - mummy is about 16.2hh and so is dad!

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby ironbessflint » Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:17 pm

I have a 13! Hard to believe it's almost time to start thinking about ACTUALLY doing something with him!

He's largely been turned out. Handled regularly, feet picked daily, and worked with on SOMETHING about once a week. He blankets, has worn all tack, stands for the farrier, has been shown in hand, and clips well from the neck down :-P He works quite well in the arena, and moves his haunches and shoulders away when I ask. He's done a bit of very light lunging, and I just introduced the idea of ground driving. He's worn a bit twice. Bathing is the one thing we still DO NOT DO, but that must wait until spring to address more.

We just our breed's futurity show in October, and he handled it SO beautifully. I'm really quite pleased. As a yearling he spent his time on the triangle practicing his airs :lol: My entire goal for this year was to keep him calm and listening. I literally jogged the triangle. But he kept his eye on me and matched my stride perfectly the whole way around, never looking at the crowd or the judge, or listening to the loudspeaker. Exactly what I wanted. I'm sure his breeder was less than thrilled with our second place performance, but his behavior was perfect and if he's relaxed in a dressage ring some day, then I don't much care if he did well on a triangle as a two year old!

The plan is to get him driving next year, and hopefully out and about some more. Then sit on him in the fall, and start riding at four. I'm in no hurry, and right now his legs and his brain seem to operate on different planes many days! :-P

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby StraightForward » Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:52 am

Thanks for sharing Baroque and IronBess. Can't wait to follow along with your guys' adventures.

We aren't doing much this winter. I was hoping to haul over to the indoor tonight but it was raining and windy earlier, and I didn't want her getting excited and slipping on the trailer ramp or something my first time hauling her. The weather was cooperative later but my body decided it was battling a cold and wanted a nap. Oh well, plenty of time

The rain rot is gone, but I'm sticking with a surcingle for a while because she's not exactly thrilled about being girthed (not bad, just goosey). She is taking the bridle OK and learned to lunge within about 4 sessions and has also learned to lead from the off side and stay with me pretty well at walk and trot. It appears that she was trained to disengage her hindquarters so I am working on convincing her that she can move her shoulders instead, or move her hindquarters towards me on cue.
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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby Sue B » Thu Dec 10, 2015 6:53 pm

yeah but, I still don't know what name you settled on, sf. I was going to change Tio's name never did get round to it. His registered name is Ferrero btw. Haven't decided if I should change that either. lol

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby StraightForward » Mon Dec 14, 2015 6:57 pm

Yes, she is Teflon, a name won't stick to that girl.
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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby StraightForward » Sun Feb 21, 2016 3:25 pm

We're having some nice weather here and the arena's usable again, so we're working on this stuff a few days a week. Forgot to add clipping to this list. She is not a fan of the clippers, but we're getting there. Cannot wait to give her a bath; we got an Insta-Hot for Christmas, so if it hits 60 next weekend as forecast, she might be getting at least a partial bath. She is a dirty, dandruffy girl.

Oh, and she's got some thrush, so I guess standing in soaking boots is going to be added to the list pretty soon. That should be interesting.

StraightForward wrote:Anyone else? My new 2 yo arrives within the next week. She knows how to tie, load and pick up her feet. That is about it :lol:

I'm trying to think of all the new things she will need to learn:

Wearing blankets This one is covered
Cross-tying
Going through barn alleys (she's been raised on 100 acres with a run-in shed)done
Getting used to 4-wheelers, tractors, dogs, little kidsdone, though I'm sure we'll discover new kinds of monsters
Fly spray
Hoses/bathingshe stood for having her legs hosed the other day
Leg wraps/wearing bootsstill not crazy about this; a little naughty when I put the hinds on
Being away from the herdso far no problems
More in-hand work (trotting, turning hips/shoulders away from pressure, backing)she's picking up this stuff pretty quickly, but it seems like she was trained to disengage the hindquarters, so still some work to do on moving shoulders instead. Also working on getting her to sidle over and stand at the mounting block.
Wearing tackgetting there; she's not a fan of the girth/surcingle getting too snug and isn't falling for the fruit leather bit wrapping trick that's worked so well on my last three babies
General idea of lungingshe picked this up so quickly. moving on to ground driving soon
Going new placesnot yet; trying to get her self-loading before we venture off the farm

What are you working on with your babies to prep them for their working lives?
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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby Red's Mom » Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:37 pm

I see all these posts are from 2015! Two years old. When are we too old for the Young Horse Forum?

Meet Red, he is a 2013 Thoroughbred that never made it to the track. He doesn't even have a tattoo. He was born in Temecula, California. He was at a training barn, but didn't graduate to the race track. Lucky boy!

He has a very easy going and willing temperament and he is well put together. I measured him last April when I got him, he had just turned 4. He was 16.2+ hands. I believe he will grow another inch. He looks like an Appendix QH. People always ask if he is a QH.

He learns quickly, we w/t/c in the arena, and he performs a decent leg yield. He is left handed, and we are working on improving canter, especially going right. Right lead canter gets strong and a bit bargy. I have difficulties keeping him on a 20m circle going right. Any exercises for that that have helped you, please let me know.

He is also working on trail riding technique. The trails in my neighborhood are very steep and rutted. He has difficulty going downhill. He loses balance and falls into canter! Scary! I now have him in a corral that has a somewhat steep slope, and I have been hand walking him on the steep trails. He is getting better at getting his hind feet underneath himself and not falling on the forehand going down hill. I have had other youngsters that took to trail riding much easier.

How are those other 4 year olds doing?

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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby StraightForward » Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:46 pm

Thanks for resurrecting this thread; a lot has happened since I last posted here, but I think our 2013 models still qualify as youngsters. ;)

The GOV mare I was posting about before bucked me off, then a trainer got her in an accident and instilled a lot of fear in her last November. She has been with a different trainer since April, and is coming along, but will probably be out there for several more months. I'm going to see her on Thursday, and hopefully meet with a new trainer who is more local on Friday to work on a transition plan (current place is a western trainer over 100 miles away).

In the meantime, I decided I needed a project to keep me from getting rusty, and so I'd have something to ride while saving up for another fancy horse if I end up selling the GOV mare. So in April, I bought Annabelle, pictured in my avatar. She's a 2013 Appendix mare that was greenbroke when I got her, but has a great mind and is a pretty nice mover. We had a bit of a rough start with a strangles scare and a couple injuries, but fingers crossed, are on the right track now. We'll be showing at Intro level on Saturday, and I hope to have her going Training/First next summer and jumping small courses. Not sure where we'll go from there, but that's the short term plan. She's lots of fun and I'm learning a lot as I work with her.
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Re: Class of 2013?

Postby Red's Mom » Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:26 am

SF, Glad I resurrected it too! We have a lot in common with our horses. I can't wait to here about the show Saturday. On Sunday, I am taking my 12 hand pony to a driving clinic.


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