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Unformatted text preview: Maddi Williams How to handle your obnoxious yearling: When dealing with young horses, or horses that have had little or no training, there is one important thing to remember. They are blank slates, and know nothing. From the first time you handle a green horse they are constantly learning and trying to understand their job. During each exercise, lesson, or session they pick up on new things good and bad. One of the first things as a trainer you must do is establish respect. A young horse who acts out is most likely not acting out intentionally. They are herd animals and enjoy playing with their companions. A young horse will feel frisky almost one hundred percent of the time, especially if kept in the stall. In this situation playfulness it not to be punished, rather you must establish a natural order or ranking similar to what would occur within the herd. The fresh feeling and the challenging of herd dominance is best dealt with in a round pen. The round pen will provide a solution to both problem areas, by providing both a safe area in which to work and...
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- Spring '07