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Babies learning the ropes this spring!

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    Babies learning the ropes this spring!

    Hi guys,

    I thought it might be fun to have a thread about our youngsters who are going to be started this spring. My colt will be 3yo in a month and is leaving on the 18th to go be started. I'm beyond giddy and excited He had a bit of a rough first few months due to his mom rejecting him causing me to end up bottle feeding him and finding a nurse mare for him. The vet came out yesterday to do his health cert info for travel. He's 1350 pounds and a hair under 16.1. Yes, he's going to be a giant! He's by Amazing and out of a Thoroughbred mare. Who else has a baby going to learn big horse things this spring?!

    Here's a photo of my boy...

    Dropped my filly with trainer last week. He sat on her after a few days. No antics or tantrums She'll turn 4 In April. She's probably 17h now. I wanted to wait until 4 to start riding since her dam was slow to mature.

    Dam was by Apiro, Sire is Cabardino.

    She looks extra chunky in this photo.
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      I just sent my 3 yr old to be started He will get 90 days. He's a 16-3 h Hanoverian gelding. He is a people horse so I'm sure he will love being worked with. He ties,clips trailers and long lines and is dead quiet.


        We are pulling my coming 4 year old out of the pasture in a month or so. He was started last year, had an easy training schedule for a few months last year (W -T- C and poles on the ground without trying to get him to package up or anything like that) and then plopped into the field to grow a bit more and be mentally relaxed. Seems very level headed, but he has been laid back and friendly since he was born.

        He is the only one I have ever bred, so he is a forever horse for me. We are going very slowly and I am happy with that. He is expected to top out at 17hh. (This must be the giant horse thread from the looks of it - LOL!) He is out of a Rio Grande mare and is by Crown Affair. Here is a photo. Will post full body when he looks less like a yak!


          All lovely (and huge) babies!


            I'll have to wait until next spring (and the year-ish after that!). My baby filly is only turning 2 this spring (Checkmate x Consul). The wait is so hard!


              Does my 5 year old OTTB count? he ran in November.


                Originally posted by Sparky Boy View Post
                Dropped my filly with trainer last week. He sat on her after a few days. No antics or tantrums She'll turn 4 In April. She's probably 17h now. I wanted to wait until 4 to start riding since her dam was slow to mature.

                Dam was by Apiro, Sire is Cabardino.

                She looks extra chunky in this photo.
                She looks fantastic! I love Apiro babies! What are your plans for her?

                I have a coming four year old April baby born on the 20th of 2015. He got 60 days on him this summer and he was fantastic! Aiming him for Young Jumpers when he's five.. Trainer and I will evaluate him when he's four to see if he's ready to start training.


                  Originally posted by Lyons Show Jumpers LLC View Post

                  She looks fantastic! I love Apiro babies! What are your plans for her?

                  I have a coming four year old April baby born on the 20th of 2015. He got 60 days on him this summer and he was fantastic! Aiming him for Young Jumpers when he's five.. Trainer and I will evaluate him when he's four to see if he's ready to start training.
                  Thank you! Hunters I hope


                    Ours goes beginning of March, he turns 4 in May. He learned to w/t with tack on this summer, I sat on him and got lunged a couple times on him. He was super awkward and just kept growing and growing so we left him until now. He's looking more like a real horse and less like someone put parts of a horse together blind. His siblings have been slow growers.



                      My colt has been going under saddle for about 4 months now. Give or take some time due to the Colorado weather this spring. I finally got to ride him for the first time on Monday. Woohoo! He is such a happy boy!



                        Looks great Calzini16!
                        As is our confidence, so is our capacity. ~W. Hazlitt


                          He looks really good Calzini16 ! I tried to start my mare last year as a three year old and let's just say she could have been a poster child for the balking discussion in the "Attitude" thread. I rode her a small handful of times last year with little success, but had my wedding coming up, so stopped (lol).

                          Luckily it seemed that she just needed the time to mature. Here are two clips from a ride last weekend. Much more willing to go forward for 5-10 minute stretches and no rearing . This is probably about ride #20 this year and maybe 4th ride with an intentional canter. I only have a grass paddock to ride in so very much at the mercy of the weather. And, oh my, does my right side collapse



                            My two 3yos are very immature, both physically and mentally (I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong...?) so while they both wear tack and sort of understand lunging, I haven't done a ton with them. This fall I'll step up expectations for them, and back them next spring as coming 4yos. Hopefully they'll be easy enough for me to do it on my own, but at the first sign of antics, I'll send them off for 30-60 days with a pro. I'm too old to bounce!
                            Luckily, they're both keepers (I only breed for myself) so I have plenty of time.

                            Sparky Boy, your filly is lovely. I have an Apiro x KWPN cross due April 2020. I'm super excited as I've wanted one of his for years.
                            A good man can make you feel sexy, strong, and able to take on the world.... oh, sorry.... that's does that...



                              Mine is 4. He has been pasture raised, by my herd. He's a friendly guy, and halter broke around the paddock as a baby, but never actually LED anywhere other than that. So that was the first obstacle, getting him out of the herd, and into my training paddocks. He's now living with his foster mom/half sister, who adopted him after he was weaned, in a paddock. She beats on him without mercy, he takes her direction. He has been doing some free lunging, and I'm happy with the way he travels, though at first he had never actually been asked to travel on a planned route, like a circle, so he was quite disorganized. But he can leap skywards, and come down to earth in a completely different direction, so he's quite athletic and powerful. Big lofty motion, lots of hock action. Getting some flying changes when necessary in the round arena. Fell down once. Then we progress to the indoor arena, to the grooming stall, and exploring the indoor arena, which he has never been in before. He wasn't keen on that at first, but he has agreed to enter the building. He's not happy in there, but so far, I've been able to keep a hold of him and not get stepped on or bowled over, and we have walked around in there, kinda. It's going to take a while for him to relax about it all. But he likes the grooming. Needs his teeth floated, big time.


                                Everyone’s horses are soo lovely!

                                I have a 5 year old who came off the track as a 3 year old and sat for 2 years.. rode him a bit this year mostly trail rides and cow work.

                                I also have one that just turned 4 and had groundwork done up the wazoo before I got him.. he’s had maybe 6 rides in the past 6 months.

                                Thankfully I got blessed with ridiculously ammy friendly horses, they can sit for weeks and end up being the same horse when I goto get on!

                                I was hoping to get a few months of riding in before the end of this year (after I have baby, baby is sitting breech and running outta room)