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Date Posted: 08:59:50 10/07/06 Sat
Author: Robin
Subject: Trained?Two year old friesian gelding
In reply to: Muriel 's message, "Green Gelding" on 21:24:57 09/26/06 Tue

>Are you considering selling him because he's too green
>or for other reasons? How old is he? The link for the
>photo you put up is not working. My gelding is 3 and
>was/is much greener than represented as well... though
>he is progressing quite nicely and has become much
>more of a gentleman. For the first few weeks of owning
>him, I wondered if I had not made a huge mistake. He
>was easily spooked, didn't listen, and had terrible
>ground manners. I have been working with a great
>trainer and we started on the most elementary things,
>and I did arm myself (stud chain, dressage whip)... it
>did not take much for him to understand and he changed
>quickly. Now, he is just great to be around.
>
>I say all this not knowing how much time you have
>spent around horses... I have been riding horses for
>quite a long time, but never had spent much time
>around young ones, and never really in a training
>role. The greatest asset I found is my trainer, and
>the right kind of trainer is important. I know
>trainers that have no patience with green horses, and
>others who love that stage in a horse.
>
>We are looking for another Friesian, a gelding, but
>for my husband, and so at least 6 or 7 years old. That
>is why I ask yours' age. Also, what part of the
>country are you in?

My two year old friesian gelding just arrived a week ago. I had him trained twice a week for the last year. He supposedly did everything; so far since he arrived, he can not stand still on the crossties, refuses to let us pick his feet, crowds me when walking and spooks easily so I can't even walk him around the barn....all very disappointing, not that I was expecting a perfect horse, by no means, but I thought I'd be safe when working with him. I have a trainer coming this weekend to work with both of us. Like you I have had no experience working or training a horse of this age. I was wondering if you have any tips that may have worked for you and your horse during the first few weeks? Picking his feet is definitely up there on the list of HARD TO DO....thankfully I have him boarded at a barn where there are men there to help me with this particular issue. He slams his feet back down and he's strong! Good luck with your horse. Stick with it. Robin

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