yearlings and being a horse

Discussion in 'Horse Management' started by megan, Nov 13, 2007.

  1. megan

    megan Well-known Member

    ok im humming and haring about putting uno out for a month or so just to be a horse. he is in indervidual paddocks and stable.
    i was going to show him in dec but im running out of spare cash to get all the stuff i need.
    so my questions.
    Does any one else put there young horses out? How long for? who with? and your opinion if i should or not?
    thanks
     
  2. Elysha

    Elysha Well-known Member

    I turn them out for 6 months with an older mare to teach them a few manners and keep them in line. Does them a world of good
     
  3. Lokenzo

    Lokenzo Gold Member

    Hi Megs, I think it is a good idea at certain points to give them a break. Kia had many as a yearling and then another again as a 2yo. It is good to put them out with others too! Kia has never "forgotten" any of her training and usually has come back happier and still well behaved ready to learn the next lot of new things!

    Being young it is good for them to be a horse, be refreshed and to give them a break. They can get very sour if kept in all the time!
     
  4. mav

    mav Well-known Member

    my 2yr old is out at the moment with an older gelding in an acre or so paddock. he is loving it. he has grown heaps and is starting to muscle up and fill out - best thing is that the gelding is a complete stickler for horsey manners and he is quickly being shown who is boss!!

    my only thing with putting babies out is that you would prob still want them to be handled occasionally so they dont go completely feral!! i'm lucky in the sense that he is at my instructors place and i know she would never let him get away with being piggy!!
     
  5. Saiorse

    Saiorse Well-known Member

    Putting a horse out in a herd is a great idea to learn how to be a horse, if the herd you choose are a real herd, lol. Sometimes they're a bunch of horses, dumped on spell or put in foal with all manner of insecurities.

    I'm not short of cash or space, but I still put my youngster out for a while to experience different places, I chose good companions, and I like them to be stimulated by herd interaction (my herd is a bit dull for a youngster) and sights and sounds you don't get in quiet Serpentine. She currently has a bridle path pass by her field, so regular visits by horses and riders keep her amused.

    She still wants to come home, though! LOL.

    I'd suggest if you can find somewhere that helps your pocket, but doesn't compromise on quality company, go for it for a few weeks. He'll clean up in time for December if you don't put him in with rogues. Is there any way the place he's at can be more socialising? Do they have a herd he can move in with instead of the whole isolation gig?

    XJ

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  6. megan

    megan Well-known Member

    unfortantly there is 2 mares with foals and 2 tbs which i dont want him in with
    the rest are paddock by them selfs.
    so its a bit hard
    i do have someone who might have a few youngsters he could go out with just on a hay roll.
    but that is a delemia in its self he is not float trained either.
    im really not sure what to do. i could chuck him out and bring him in for the 08 show season. which is my thinking. He has done so much training in the last few months im thinking it might do him some good
     
  7. Caroline

    Caroline Well-known Member

    Hmmmm.........perhaps you best get him float trained before he gets too much bigger/stronger, and then spell him.
     
  8. JessiTrist

    JessiTrist Well-known Member

    I was just about to ask the same question megs, and after having a good read through these posts I have decided to put Chickie out for 6 months after our show in Decmeber - maybe even longer if it works for her. I will be a regular visitor though, at least every second weekend.
     
  9. pso

    pso Gold Member

    My 2yo is out in a 50ac paddock, with a bunch of nasty old TBs! (Although he is already 6" bigger than all of them!) I know it sounds mean, but he was getting a bit big for his boots, and really needed knocking back into line...(prior to this he was in a paddock with some yearlings, getting fed twice a day...)
    After three weeks he is a much more polite horse!

    They arent fed (will get a hay roll when feed dies down), But I take a nose bag out for him 4/5 times a week, so that he gets some vits/mins into him! Ordinarily, I'd just leave him without feeding him (worked for his brother), but he has been injured, so I have to treat his wound etc, helps if he's standing still eating and if I take a bucket, theres fights...They havent worked out the nosebag!!:D
     
  10. megan

    megan Well-known Member

    I am doing this at the moment. this has not been the biggest thing to do with this pony. He had very litle handleing when i got him. he has done so much training for the past 4 or so months hence the question
     
  11. mav

    mav Well-known Member

    thats what ive done jess. he is out of work for a few months then i'll bring him in after xmas and will get stuck into him - doing all the new experience things like the beach and taking him on walks through the bush etc - then he will either get started or if i think he is still not ready will go out again for a few months.

    the plan is though that he is to be started under saddle around june/july next year and then when he has had a couple of rides all going well he will be back on spell again.... only reason i have this all planned is the o/h wants to have another kid and wants us to be preggers by june.... not something i'm looking forward to thats for sure!!
     
  12. JessiTrist

    JessiTrist Well-known Member

    Hey Nikki, that is a good plan for Mav! Chickie has experienced a lot of new things already, like bush walking, walking out on the roads, meeting all sorts of animals, from dogs to kangaroos etc etc so it is definately time for her to go out and enjoy herself a bit. Dont know how she will handle it as she is very human orientated....
     
  13. Diablo Equine Services

    Diablo Equine Services Well-known Member

    I have just put my foal out with a few other horses - she had a lot of dsifficulties to start with, as she didnt know 'how to be a horse'..she's learnt know, and i think her behaviour towards me and her ability to learn more has improved as a result.
     
  14. Lokenzo

    Lokenzo Gold Member

    Kia went in with 2 cranky old broodmares for a while, that did her a world of good and pulled her off her top peg!
     
  15. Shakhaan

    Shakhaan Well-known Member

    I put Snip out for 18 months, from 1 to 2.5yr old. He was still being hard fed twice a day, and I showed him twice (I think?) from the paddock, so he was still getting some handling. He wasn't in with anyone, but was next to an older stallion, who kept him in line. He nearly always had mares/youngsters on the other side of him. My opinion is they need the break mentally, and need the time and space to grow well physically. I'm not a fan of having young horses "in" for any longer than 8 weeks at a time, as they get sour too quickly.

    Ciao. Kiley.
     
  16. JessiTrist

    JessiTrist Well-known Member

    I agree Kiley.

    Chickie isnt "in" now, she runs in a 3 or so acre paddock with one or two older horses at a time. Ive never bought her into a stable or small paddock for the night or anything like that, so she is basically on a spell anyhhow...
     

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