Equine Partnership should start young
At our ranch, we handle our babies daily. Everything from catching to bring in for feed, or walking out onto the field with a brush and spending the time out there loving on them. Our babies seek out the attention!
This is how its started for us.
Teaching the youngsters to catch up.
You can hardly get anywhere around here with out our horses coming over & being involved with what ever your trying to do.
This is not done by treats.
They value & respect our presence. They just know We are there offering them something as basic as a good scratch where they can't reach so easily. Each and every day we build that up. Doesn't take very long for them to realize the more they hang out with us, or follow us, the more attention they receive.
as you can see with the images, they are accustom to people being up above them already, and that is a good thing.
We can be who we are around them.
They are all used to us being loud with our bodies, or tarp, flag, bull whip...They already now know all about emotional fitness. Those things are not directed to them, don't worry about it.
How cool is that?! thats like Most of our work when New Training horses come in.
Respect our space. Just because they are young, doesn't mean they can run us over. Defining a space is simple. It doesn't need to be firm, just a "hey, don't go there" move with our hand.
Nibble Kissing... is super cute and we are probably all guilty of allowing it once or twice..but what happens when the pest 2 year old colt turns nibble kiss into HAHA gotcha bites..
Yup, set some boundaries around the teeth.
We have a colt that is constantly playing & rough-housing the other horses, so we know he will try it with us. I keep half an eye on him, and if he comes in for some attention, I let him know right away "sure I will rub you" but You keep your Teeth to your self. If he breaks his responsibility then he gets in trouble for it & fast. Cause he is swift at retreating & taking off in his Oh So Fun game of Chase me.
Don't be afraid to catch them, halter & lead around to do some fun stuff. Its great practice for them!
Take them over obstacles, tie them up in front of oats, pick up their hooves..do everything to them!
Actual training will be a breeze if they are good citizens on the ground.
Have Fun with your youngsters, they are super curious, adventurous, and wanting to be around you.
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