Got the notion to blog about my adventures with my 15 mo old colt. My reason for doing it is purely selfish/self knowing. If I'm posting what's happening then I will follow thru on my ideas instead of talking all fall about how I should ground drive my colt while I still have him - ha ha ha.
So what does this colt know?
He stands tied to the post nicely for grooming, not perfectly quiet for hoof picking but very close to being a perfect gentleman.
I tie him with a soft rope halter so if he does for some reason really pull back he won't damage the nerves in his poll. I use slip knots with everything so I can pull the end & all would come undone if the horse was in a bad situation. When I tie him he's 18 inches from the post.
For cross ties I've got him in the 30' aisle of the barn which is open on one side and stalls on the other with metal tube gates at each end. I have 2 horses in stalls and another old horse crosstied at the far end of the aisle. Then I bring the colt out of the middle stall with his rope halter & clip the cross ties to his rope halter - the crossties are anchored ~8 feet up. I need to get a halter that fits him that's all nylon/non breakaway.
For the last 3 weeks almost every day I've been tying him to the post grooming him & picking his feet. And 3 days in a row I've taken & put him in the cross ties facing the old horse in the cross ties and his stall buddy (another old horse) next to him. I'm trying for as many days as possible with good experiences in the cross ties so that when he tests them he won't test them too vigorously/too frighteningly - I always keep a lead rope on his halter so I keep them from flipping.
I'll start looking for my straight rubber bit and the little bridle & start putting it on him. I guess I should be playing with his mouth now, huh.
I haven't gone and looked at my books about working with long yearlings and ground driving, so I guess I'll need to look over that material, too.
And everything is on youtube, might have something helpful there.