Yearling - A Day In My Life

thumbnail_DGS-Yearling-Infactuation-ResCh Most of our yearlings are above average in height and therefore we have to carefully monitor their growth rates. Nutrition is important as is monitoring tendons, ligaments and joints.

Although for the most part, the yearlings live outdoors, they are handled on a regular basis. A typical week will find the youngster spending time in the round pen Yearling on Eurocisor either free lunging or being lunged two or three days a week. But first, they have to come into the barn and get ‘hooked up’ to the wall to learn some patience.

Most grooming is completed in the stall, however, they also will take turns in the cross ties in the aisle for grooming as well. Yearling on EurocisorIf inclement, they will be exercised in the indoor arena. Some days, they may go back into the barn for more time on the wall.

As the year progresses, in addition to time on the wheel, they spend time being lead and ‘squared up so they learn to stand and pose. They learn to longe  and a surcingle is added so they become used to wearing equipment and in preparation for ground driving.

thumbnail_DGS-Yearling-HeiroglyphicsWinThey continue with baths, farrier, vet and other services. Loading in the trailer and sometimes hauled to a local facility and being stalled and/or lead around to see new sights.

Some years, a yearling will come along that develops early and is considered a candidate for the Yearling Hunter Longe Line class. Many from our breeding program have won in this venue.