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terrible twos... when does it end!!? lol

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  • terrible twos... when does it end!!? lol

    That sweet baby turned into a monster about two months ago. He's a little early for terrible twos, he was about 17 or 18 months. Good grief, he's driving everyone nuts, including his mother. He's a good boy, it's just that age. When does he outgrow it?? soon, i hope. lol

    This is my first yearling. The youngest I've ever bought was 4. I was warned he'd have a personality change around this time, I was like, what!? That sweet puppy dog baby?? Never! HA! Eating my words now. Youthful exuberance galore, as well as he just seemed to discover that he has teeth and he uses them on everything. e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g

    ponying him today, he threw himself down into a mud puddle and had a nice roll. It was a nice change from him trying to nip mom, me, play with the lead, stop in the middle of the trail, good grief, I'd have better luck leading a grizzly bear through a salmon farm, and this was one of his better days!! LOL

    I'm just venting, he really is a sweet kid. very, very sweet baby. I just miss the way he was before he got this energy burst!! GAH! How long does this last?

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    Unfortunately the answer to that is never. He has no reason to stop his behavior so why would he?
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    • #3
      Is he a gelding yet?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Laurierace View Post
        Unfortunately the answer to that is never. He has no reason to stop his behavior so why would he?
        I still can't do the multi-quote, so, I'll just ask also. Is he gelded yet??

        Both of these, twice over.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by pal-o-mino View Post
          That sweet baby turned into a monster about two months ago. He's a little early for terrible twos, he was about 17 or 18 months. Good grief, he's driving everyone nuts, including his mother. He's a good boy, it's just that age. When does he outgrow it?? soon, i hope. lol

          This is my first yearling. The youngest I've ever bought was 4. I was warned he'd have a personality change around this time, I was like, what!? That sweet puppy dog baby?? Never! HA! Eating my words now. Youthful exuberance galore, as well as he just seemed to discover that he has teeth and he uses them on everything. e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g

          ponying him today, he threw himself down into a mud puddle and had a nice roll. It was a nice change from him trying to nip mom, me, play with the lead, stop in the middle of the trail, good grief, I'd have better luck leading a grizzly bear through a salmon farm, and this was one of his better days!! LOL

          I'm just venting, he really is a sweet kid. very, very sweet baby. I just miss the way he was before he got this energy burst!! GAH! How long does this last?
          I went back to reread your post. Please stop talking about him like he's an actual human baby. He's a horse. Needs to be treated like a horse, even if he's a knotheaded youngster. He's not a kid or a boy (in the sense you're meaning) or a baby. If he's not had an attitude adjustment (gelded) you better step up to the plate and have some serious training sessions or you're going to be on here telling us about your bad accident with 'the baby'.

          I'm just a bit cranky tonite but this stuff bugs the snot outta me.
          GR24's Musing #19 - Save the tatas!!

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          • #6
            I've been on the other end of a shank with a spoiled rotton yearling, who soon became a 1000 pound two yr old. Not fun!

            Fix his issues sooner than later!

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              He is gelded, and he is in training. And no, he doesn't get away with stuff, but he does keep trying!

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              • #8
                I'm still voting never. Acting like an idiot has nothing to do with age, it has to do with boundaries. He feels there is no legitimate reason to behave. Until you convince him he is very wrong nothing will change. You will be posting about your "feisty senior" thirty years from now provided you both live that long.
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                • #9
                  Why on earth is he anywhere near his mother? As others mention, surely he's been gelded??

                  Ok, and you do own a crop and a chain shank, yes? Time to "nip" this biting crap in the bud.

                  Eh, you've got to get control of the situation because a thousand pound animal that bites and throws himself around is a dangerous animal. I will say that you have your work cut out for you, because once a colt has figured out that he can sort of get away with this stuff, it is a lot harder to get him back in line. The ones that have been expected to mind their manners consistently from the start are a lot easier down the road.

                  Also, there is a period of time in a young horse's life where they need some other youngsters to play with and roughhouse with...or they are going to be looking to play and roughhouse with YOU. Does this guy have suitable turnout buddies?
                  Lastly, if I have a colt going through a particularly bad phase--who knows, maybe really worked up with some cold weather or suddenly getting a little studdy, sometimes they are better off out in the field being ignored for a little bit rather than misbehaving and learning new tricks. A little time in the field to play and grow up is healthy for a youngster in the winter before they turn 2.

                  oops, see that he's been gelded, excellent.
                  But what is he in training for? He's awfully young. If you are having problems with your program it would be more standard to turn him out over the winter and maybe wait until after he has turned two to put him in training.

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