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How much do your yearlings play?

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  • How much do your yearlings play?

    My yearling filly is turned out with a 4 year old mare and an 'old as dirt' grandmotherly type, both ponies. There's only one other yearling at the facility...but he's a colt, and intact, so he needs to stay precisely where he is (not in my filly's pasture.) However, I've noticed that she just doesn't...play. She was born on a breeding farm and grew up socialized with 15-20 other foals. When I acquired her as an 8 month old, she was living out with just 2 other colts her age and 2 older horses, so I feel like there was at least a 'transition' period for her.

    I have never seen her initiate play, even though her and the 4 year old are that never-to-part, lets share food/do everything together type. Her previous pasture mate was an active (read: obnoxious) tiny fat younger pony and I never saw them romp either (unless I was chasing her around to take pictures, then she'd kick and snort and play bite at him some).

    She's very 'serious' by nature-- not a noise maker or blanket ripper, keeps herself and her stall clean. NEVER seen her pace the fence line/scream/crib/indicate she's bored in anyway. But she's BIG and I want her moving around on those joints...moreso than walking as she grazes. She has a jolly ball, but she couldn't give a hoot about it.

    How often do your yearlings run around? Am I depriving her of a 'childhood'? She has GREAT social skills IMHO--meshes well with buddies and has hand walked trail rides with other horses...never starts problems or causes trouble in the pasture. But I'd be happy to know she was causing a little trouble if it meant she was romping around a bit

  • #2
    Ya know, my yearlings never played very much... kind of odd. Now when they were wittle they did!


    • #3
      She will play if she wants to. Sounds like she has a good buddy with the 4yr old. Sounds like she has a good head on her shoulders, and I think your lucky with that. She doesn't need to run around to keep her legs strong you'd be surprised how much they really walk if you were able to see how far they walk in a day in the field.
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      • #4
        The two I have play several times a day. Usually the running, chase, follow the leader type stuff. They also like to sleep right next to each other.
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        • #5
          We have 2 fields of yearlings with 5 colts and 5 fillies. Our colts play all the time. The fillies either ignore each other or kick each other. This has always been my experience with warmbloods young and old in the pasture together. Colts will rear, mount, strike, etc. The girls mostly eat.


          • #6
            I have two yearlings together - they play alot - then I added a mare with a 2 month old filly to the mix - now the three of them play all the time. Putting the yearlings in with the foal was the best thing I could have done for all concerned.

            It means the filly leaves mom alone - ho is rebred and just wants to eat (and needs to eat) and the yearlings are having a lot of fun playing with the filly. The yearlings have also made the filly much more confident.

            The yearlings put up with the filly coming up to them and rearing, kicking and bouncing around them - then all three of them will run around the field. They are so good with the baby.

            Here's a pic of the three of them together.



            • #7
              My two always ran laps around the pasture. They are a month and a half apart in age. My gelding loves to run the most, but the filly will run laps with him and play. My 22 year old gelding roughouses and plays with my youngster, and sometimes my mare, who is his mom.

              They are now both 2 and still run laps around the pasture. They still sleep side by side as well and tend to graze in pairs.

              I have two 2 year olds, one 9 year old and my 22 year old together. Sometimes my pony goes out and plays with them too.
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              • Original Poster

                Thanks for all the replies. I was afraid I was going to hear "ARE YOU CRAZY, MOVE HER, you're going to make her socially crippled."

                Jewels--I laughed out loud at that. How funny. I feel like I'm constantly getting "the eyeroll" from my filly...very mature for her age. I just want to ruffle her hair, slap her on the butt and say "LOOSEN UP AND GO PLAY" sometimes. Once I was flapping around in the pasture enticing her to play BOOTED the jolly ball at her--made this huge SLAP as it hit her in the shoulder and she didn't even jump away...but was not amused. Laughed for an hour. Got a very stern stare before she returned to grazing.

                Prodomus--thats what I want!! I'll ship her right to you--theyre all SO cute! How ideal that mom gets to snack too but they can all play.

                Makes me want to go steal some scruffo PMU foal for her to play with. Too bad I can't give it back when I"m done 'playing' with it


                • #9
                  We have two yearling fillies, three weeks apart. One is 3/4 TB-1/4 RID, the other is a TBy paint. They are in adjoining stalls with a common paddock at meal time and turned out with a three year old ISH filly, a five year old TB filly and a mature TB mare on about 8-9 acres of pasture. Mine play like CRAZY!! With each other and with all the others in the pasture. Tag and flat match racing. I was taking some pictures this evening and using a Walmart bag for attention getting...the Irish filly grabbed the bag and started waving it around...I figured the paint filly - the object being photographed would leave the county...no, she had her picture taken, then walked over and took the bag away from the other filly and started waving it about!!
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                  • #10
                    My first colt played often as a yearling. His younger half sister was never a big player (although now at 11 she has been known to rip around bucking and kicking, it's not more or less than when she was younger). My next one played hard. My next one is more laid back, but I do see her getting her pals riled up and running and playing.

                    All mine were raised in 'only baby' situations with herds ranging from 4-20+ yrs old.


                    • Original Poster

                      Hmm...still seems like she plays less than usual compared to you guys. I know the colts owner plans to geld him, maybe I should hassle her to hurry that along so she can have a playmate Unfortunately he's not the 'frisky' sort either, but at least they could stand around and be lazy together. Kids these days.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by irkenequine View Post
                        Hmm...still seems like she plays less than usual compared to you guys. I know the colts owner plans to geld him, maybe I should hassle her to hurry that along so she can have a playmate Unfortunately he's not the 'frisky' sort either, but at least they could stand around and be lazy together. Kids these days.
                        I think it really depends on the horse. Tisors horse on here NEVER played as a yearling. She kept wondering why he was so mellow...he just was. Now as a 2 year old and in a new herd he runs around and plays with they boys.
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                        • #13
                          My two yearling geldings play constantly. Everytime I look at them, they're rearing at ech other, running around together, playing 'bite face,' or one is biting the other one's withers, etc. They have a really good time! My 2 yearling fillies, on the other hand, don't play!
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                          • #14
                            The 3 colts roughhouse constantly when they are not eating or sleeping. I always feel bad for the one who lays down for the first nap as the other 2 will pick on him until _he_ gets up and they will squabble over that spot until the quicker one sneaks over and flops down on it! The funniest part of them is that they all have different sires but the most picked on has a different damline...so the other 2 seem to think he's an outsider. Not to worry though, he is the most graceful, so he blithely skips away from their shenanigans without a worry!

                            The filly is out with the big mare herd. She is an old soul and does her best to keep up with the older fillies when they go for their evening 'race around the pasture at full speed' jaunt. Someday she'll be able to keep up but for now she just cuts the corners and then heads to the waterer to wait for her friends! Very smart girl...
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                            • #15
                              My yearling gelding plays a lot. He can't get the 27 yr. old to do much, but he does get the 8 yr. old gelding and the 2 yr. old filly going. Especially the 2 yr. old. Those two play all the time.
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                              • Original Poster

                                Agh they all sound so sweet. I want that! I want the rearing, squeal-fart-rip around the pasture, crow hopping silliness. 'Old soul' might be a good way to describe her. I think the moral of this story is, my next buy should be a COLT not a filly


                                • #17
                                  The only thing I have noticed over the years is that any of the foals, yearlings, 2 yr olds etc that are TB or have a large portion of TB tend to run around in laps in the pasture almost from day 1. It seems the more WB in my babies, the more lazy they are. They might "canter" and then go off and eat, but they won't keep up doing laps when there is grass to eat. Right now I have a 2 yr old filly and a yearling filly who spent all morning doing laps around the pasture while the 3yr old WB sat and "watched". He will play Grab face with my other gelding, but they won't take off running, just for the fun of it...and they never did even as younger horses. Just my observation at our farm.

                                  PS when I open the gate to let my 2 yr old filly, 3 yr old colt and the 20 year old dam of the 2 yr old filly out into their pastrue--it is the 20 year old mare who takes off at top speed. She is my foundation TB mare and is still running strong.


                                  • #18
                                    Anyone who wants to see how colts play, please come visit Sugarbrook. From birth the colts play. The fillies play with their barbie dolls and pin ears at each other.
                                    Our yearlings, two year olds and the two three yr olds play non stop. Rearing, running, nipping and having ever so much fun. Its the only time in their life they are able to do this because once they are a 'show' pony life changes and we worry about the nips and marks and tend to place them in pastures with not much going on.

                                    The fillies are in another pasture and they still pin ears, try to kick and in general run a tight ship with the chain of command.
                                    The boys chain of command changes by the hour. LOL

                                    Have any of you noticed how under control the mares keep their fillies, while the same mare when she has a colt will let them run ruffshod over them.
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                                    • Original Poster

                                      Play with barbies--too too funny. If you were closer I would indeed stop by and watch. Nothing like watching babies play. I suppose if the other fillies act like boring snobs around the lunch table, then mine's not abnormal. Maybe I should be more concerned about the COLT in the other field who's just standing around :P


                                      • #20
                                        Bring him here. They will make him join in the fun. LOL
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