Leading yearling TBs as a pair
How many of you lead your youngsters in/out of turnout as a pair? And at what stage do you start leading them out as singles?
I ask as I've been helping out on a friends barn with 2 broodmare and 2 yearling fillies. The yearlings go out in their own field and usually get led out as a pair. The more dominant filly is quite boisterous and usually snakes her head all around on the walk out to the field, the other filly tends to drag behind and annoy the dominant filly even further by testing her patience.
The other day, I go caught in the middle of the fillies in the gateway as they were spooked by a big bird that flushed out of the hedgeline....basically, I got the business end of the dominant filly on my hip/backside as she was flipping out and I had no where to go....now I'm a bit wary of leading them out as a pair when I'm there but also know that trying to lead one out and close the gate and get the other through the gate without letting the other out will be a bit of a circus at the start.
My friend has been not been very well lately with issues with her health coming back, and I think hasn't felt strong enough to tackle the training issue. I'm gun shy having been kicked by the one filly, but know something needs to be done here to nip this in the bud.
Any training ideas? How do you guys handle your yearlings if you only have a pair on the farm?
Thanks in advance, sorry for the long post.