Our breeders offer a foal to 3yo rearing facility where the breeder and new owner agree under contract to rear the young sport horse until he is 3 years old.
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The foal is weaned from the mare at 7 to 8 months and will be housed in a group of 2 to 3 foals for company over the winter months. In spring time they becomes yearlings we put them outside and just let them grow up.
Yearling training is just reinforcement of lessons you have already worked on. They must stand to be haltered, lead calmly, pick up their feed for the farrier, get on a trailer, and allow you to groom, bathe and clip them. Usually these lessons aren't planned weekly or even monthly - they just happen when the farrier comes for feet trimming or vet comes to administer vaccinations. We usually only bathe and clip once or twice during this year and if they don't need to go anywhere in the trailer we will try to at least load and unload them a few times.
At this stage, jumping over a pole on the ground in an enclosed arena is a good time to introduce the yearling to jumping. This is carried out without any fuss or pressure.
This is the age when they seem to develop a mind of their own and will try to test some boundaries. They are much bigger and stronger, so it is important to keep the leadership role. They don't need to learn anything new - just refresh what they already know and be sure it is firmly established. All lessons should be short, no more that 15 minutes, and focus only on one or two things. We give lots and lots of praise.
Next year the growing slows down and they are ready for some new lessons.
This year there will be additional growth in height, but they still have that "baby" look. Everything does not grow at the same rate, so the but will be higher than the withers, the neck will look thin, the shoulders will be narrow,
Close attention is payed to their growth, making sure that they are not getting too thin or too fat. They will get good nutrition from a low starch, low sugar grain at least twice a day and plenty of grass and/or hay. They are kept on a continuous wormer and/or frequent paste wormer program.
This is the first year we will plan on showing them in hand, where we are required to use a bridle instead of a halter. Their teeth checked before you put a bit in their mouth. Young horses teeth need to be looked at more often than older horses because they are continuously loosing caps and growing new teeth that could be a source of pain. This first outing will be a great foundation of experience in their third year when the will be expected to perform at national young horse eventing and showjumping loose jumping competitions
At three years old, most horses have done most of their growing and are filling out into a mature horse. Irish/Warmblood horses frequently continue to grow in height for a few more years, but it is usually not more than another hand or less. Their growth plates have closed and it is safe for them to loose school over jumping lane grids.
A separate contract for participation in national young horse eventing and show jumping loose jumping competitions. can be drawn up if the owner agrees that this production as a 3yo is of benefit to the young horse.