We have achieved a great deal in Hevans EV Catorrius’s training to date. Reus has his own paddock, he can see the girls and is not isolated, he is settled and we do not work him in his own paddock. He is lunged, worked in hand and driven in a separate field, there is no confusion on “work” time! We also use a round pen or go for a walk in hand around the lanes. I never let him get bored and am always striving to find new challenges.
I am confident and firm with him, never letting him know he is physically stronger than me. Long reining has given him a great opportunity to see the world outside the farm gates and keeps him focused on going forwards.
A well behaved colt is a well-trained one, I am always on my guard for everything that is going on around us and I am constantly thinking ten steps ahead of him. It is tiring and frustrating to loose placing’s because of his hormones, in time I am sure he will switch off at the shows.
At present, Reus is turned out during the night and stabled during the day! This change has enabled him to have a longer duration of time out in his paddock, avoiding the flies and eating the grass instead of standing in his field shelter out of the sun.
I hope this change along with a structured training plan will enhance his concentration & performance?
He really has a kind nature when his hormones are not aroused……….