I am home schooled and have 5 siblings. 2 brothers and 3 sisters. I do not live on a farm, but wish for the day where my horse(s) can be in my backyard!!
I owned a 12yr old gray Peruvian Paso mare. Her registered name is 'WF Flor Peqeuna', we call her Nina. I got her in Jan. of 2007 and I just sold her to a lady nearby. I joined PHW to get help from as many Peruvian experts as possible, and they all were very helpful with my learning experience. It sure was fun and challenging. I am moving on to a half arab that I can show at 4H and local shows.
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Hi Hannah! Seems like you are on your way..I am sending this link to help you with some very good pointer about what to do when training a stallion. No matter how small or how well tempered a stallion is..he is still a stallion and a stallion can be unpredictable in many ways. The trainer/handler must always, ALWAYS, always keep thir attention on the horse. Remember, horses tend to view humans as another herd mate. You must ALWAYS be the dominant 'horse' in order to have control over the hore you are handling. This is rule number one in training a stallion or any horse for that matter. Check out this site and take every workd to memory. It will help you. In the beginning of your training, remember to walk, back, stop, do half halts, walk in circles and do it again and again until you and this horse are one. It is the best way to start before asking for m ore complicated things. Let me know how you do. Here is the link to go to: http://www.equiworld.net/meredithmanor/handlingstallions.htm
Hi Hannah! Yes, of course, I do remember you..good to hear from you.
In answer to your question...
I see no reason why you cannot train and show your horse while you are young. This is the time to learn and gain experience. If you are riding this young horse now, and would like to get him show ready, there are a number of things you can do. First, ride him a lot over the next 3 months. Do not worry about 'training' him per se, just get to know him inside out, let him get to know you. This is the first very important step. Your horse must bond and gain a sense of trust with you. The more you ride him before starting any program, the better. Spend time grooming, all the things that go with that, i.e, bathing, clipping etc. Walk him a lot on the halter, and make sure he stays at least a half arm's length away from you while being led, and that he does not push forward on the lead. When your 3 months have past, begin the next phase. Begin riding in an arena or similar space that will mimic your shows. Ask him to walk, trot, and canter. Do this for at least 1 month. Patience and more patience, and repetition is the key. However, be careful not to bore him..if he gets tired of what he is doing, pack it up for the day. Do your training every other day. You must give your horse time to recover from the work you will be asking him to do. This helps prevent injuries and a sour attitude. You should de-sensitize him to the sound of loud noises, being around people other than yourself, play loud music, and make sure he does not spook at fluttering paper, flags, clothing etc. Following the 1 month of walk, trot, canter routine, begin a pattern of whatever your show will consist of. Remember, every other day is the key. Being patient and doing a lot of repetition is important. Develop a trust with your horse, and let him know you are the boss, but a benevolent one.
Email me privately and I will answer your question in more depth. Best of luck.
You are welcome, Hannah. There is much that be done today for horses affected with DSLD, to keep them happy and pain free and still useful. The first step is to get a definitive diagnosis, and then a regimen of treatment. The DSLD group has lots of people who have DSLD horses, and have good information to share on how to treat and care for affected horses. It is well worth it to join the group. I hope that Nina s owner will join...it will prove to be a wealth of help for her and for Nina. I will keep my fingers crossed that it is not DSLD.
Tell Nina's owner to go to Yahoo groups and sign up. She can then access the group and get all the information and help she needs there. It is a wonderful supportive group with all kinds of help available.
No, we never discussed DSLD. It is thought to be a hereditary disease, but no one knows for sure. It can manifest itself beginning with windpuffs, but there are a lot of other things that will show up...for instance, mild lameness, or reluctance to move; switching from leg to leg when standing, and when a fexion test is done the hosre will have definitive lameness following it.
There is an excellent website that deals with DSLD, and a support group that has a lot of very good information about it. I suggest that Nina's owner visit the website and join the support group for lots of good help and information on how to handle it if Nina, does, indeed, have DSLD. But first I would have a vet check her over and make sure it is not something else. There is an ultra-sound protocal now available to vets that will help determine the presence of DSLD upon having an ulta-sound done of all four legs. There is information about the protocal on the website.
The webiste is ..www.dsld.org
Have Nina`s owner go to the site to learn about DSLD and what can be done to help horses with this disease.
Hope this information helps.
Good to hear from you, and hope all is going well with you. Take care.
Hi Hannah! Wonderful to hear from you and to know that you are doing so well. I am happy for you. Keep up the good work. I expect to see great things from you in the future. Keeping your eye on your goal and working hard pays great dividends. Good luck in all your "horse endeavours"! Please continue to keep me posted on your advancements. I love hearing from you!
All the best,
Hi Hannah! Good to hear from you and to know you are happy and doing so well with your new horse. Nice to hear, also, that Nina is good, and happy, as well. Your horse life sounds very exciting, and I wish you all the best and lots of success. Keep the faith, and someday you just might have your dream horse....I can see already that you are the kind of girl who will go far in the horse world, and will someday have your own horse farm. Everything is possible!! Take care, and best wishes,
HI Hannah! I looked at the photos and I do agree with Jeff that Nina has a rather lower set neck than ideal. Her throat latch is somewhat thick also and this will hamper her a bit from carrying her head up higher as well. Her neck is a little wider than I would like to see, and she is rather cresty as well. She does look like she is an easy keeper and could benefit from some weight loss. She is the kind of horse that will always have head carriage lower than normal, but she can improve it more by losing some weight and working harder to develop more muscle that will allow her to carry her head a big higher without exhaustion, thus keeping her from wanting to lower her head when under saddle. A fit horse will always perform better. I know it is hard for you to work her more often, what with school and all the things a young woman your age has going on in her life. However, if you could exercise her more often it would benefit her greatly. Nina is quite compact also, and a horse with that type of confirmation must not be allowed to get too heavy. So, if possible, cut back on her grain rations if you are giving her that, and maybe a little less hay, cut into several portions per day, with the greater portion being given in the evening to prevent bordeom and chewing on things she shouldn't. I think her head is really quite nice, and pretty. If she can lose some of her chubiness it will make her look much more feminine.
Her neck is set lower than ideal and she appears to be an "easy keeper"- as she gains in condition this will help the consistency in carriage. She will never have a real high and elegant carriage, but has the ability to carry herself better than we saw at first, which it sounds like you're teaching her to do.
It's very good to read about the improvements in the even walk (the real basis of good gait) and that you're bumping her head up. It sounds as if the improvement continues and it is interesting to see that she's getting easier to catch. All of this tells me that you are all on the right path and there will be more success stories to come.
With CONFIDENCE comes CONSISTENCY, and with more CONSISTENCY comes even more CONFIDENCE. You cannot have one without the other and as you see, they always feed off of each other.