TRAINING MANZER // Versatile Horsemanship


in this video I’m going to show you what
I consider a really good training session with a three-month-old colt when
are you gonna start training him I hear that all the time
and I’m gonna be honest with you I have been training this little guy since the
moment I laid my hands on him when he was minutes old
every time I touched this horse I make sure that it’s with quality
today is August 16th and I’m working on just working on some separation here and
there doing so good with this kind of stuff I really hope that this helps with
the weaning process I just want to make it as easy as possible for both um I
don’t want it to be I don’t want it to be a traumatic situation but for right
now just letting him know that not being in a stall by herself no big deal and he
gets to come and go as he pleases my daughter’s Pony Bear is really
worried about being in a stall and I’ve got a couple other horses that have been
that way too and somebody was telling me that you know one way that some folks we
nurses is they bring the mom and baby into a stall and then take the mom out
and the babies left in the stall and if you think about it that’s a really
traumatic way to go about it for that baby because the last thing they
remember is their mom was there and then suddenly she wasn’t and the feeling that
they have well being in that stall so to be left with that feeling of sheer
anxiety over oh my gosh where’d she go and I just don’t want that I want him to
be in there and be content and he’s got the ability to come and go so there’s
not that stress of I’m trapped but eventually I will be shutting the
door and then maybe he can just go out in and out that back door and you know
make it so he can still leave but you know he can’t see his mom mosquitoes are
bad so I’m like hood up I like the fact that I’ve got these
these windows on this door that I can open and close because Nika can stick
her head out and they can still see each other so that’s good so anyway this is
just me experimenting it’s what I do it’s how I I like to watch the horses
and see how they react to things to determine what I feel is the best way of
doing something so he’s pretty happy here with his grain now eventually I
want him to be able to eat his grain off the floor but he can’t reach it yet so I
think we’re pretty close to being at that point but so I’ll just keep feeding
him in the stall and make it so it’s a really good routine where he knows he
comes in gets his grain and then I’ll just I’m gonna keep lowering in this
bucket so he has to reach for it a little bit more but for right now I just
want it to be I’m not gonna add that into because I don’t want to cause any
stress but keep it as simple as possible but I don’t want him putting his dang
feet up there that’s not gonna help anybody I want to be in here with him a
lot too and pet nom and just kind of being around him when he’s eating it’s
good for them hey little dude whoopsie
watch that step it’s a doozy here Hubble is going to stop I’m really
taking so much advantage of this moment that I have with them while they’re
eating he absolutely loves to be groomed and what a great opportunity you know I
have this opportunity to spend with him I’m going to be over here anyway so if I
could just make it that much better for him by grooming him I love a horse that
is expressive when they’re getting groomed you know and he’s just like oh
this is wonderful so I can do this kind of stuff with him now I want him to
think that humans are awesome I want him to have the best experience with as
humans I can take this opportunity and pick up his feet brush them a little
more a little more I can put my arms over on this side of them and feel under
his girth he can see me on this side we can work on changing eyes that way so many good things to work on here it
really doesn’t take a whole lot of effort I can rub his flank get him
comfortable with that and I just pick it up and when he’s soft
with it I set it right back down I’m not gonna try to make him hold his feet up
or anything like that when I rub him I’ve got my hands on him real good I’m
not doing too light of a touch because that can be kind of stimulating but it
feels good too when you rub patting does not feel good to a horse so when you pat
him real hard like that I’m not gonna do that that scares them I want him to be
easy to handle for anybody I’ll be the one primarily handling them but you know
something could happen to me I want to make sure that this guy is pretty set up
for life you know make sure that if I’m not around to take care of him he’s easy
to handle the horse is easy to handle they got a better chance at a good
future where he’s too big now he kind of moved a little bit that’s fine hug I
want him to be okay with I’m gonna hold you there as soon as he gives that
pressure and release I’m working towards halter training him by doing that kind
of stuff give the pressure I want to make sure
that he’s so used to me walking around him and clover you’re not you’re not
helping me so I want him so used to me walking around him that is just
completely normal because if for some reason he’s some day you know I don’t
know loose in my arena and some kids run behind him for some reason which no I
don’t let kids unattended run behind horses but if something happened I want
to make sure I want to make sure that he is
comfortable with it I don’t want him to be nervous about movement behind him so
I’m trying to go around him a lot and get him really comfortable with people
being behind him it’s important the cool thing with horses is they don’t care how
you look they don’t care how much money you have they don’t care what kind of
car you drive they don’t care about any that kind of stuff all horses care about
is how you make them feel when I decide to swing a leg over his back someday I
feel like I might have a better chance of him being comfortable with it you
know for him to be so comfortable with me having my hands all over him like
that and you know knowing that all I have to do is just reach down and rub on
him to let him know you’re okay it’s gonna be okay
I’m excited about that I’m really looking forward to this whole process just right here folks is the world’s
friendliest cat noxious I can come back here and I can work on the starch of
doing a tail pull so we take a hold of the tail I can lift on it add a little
bit of pressure to it get him used to I rub it in at the same time while I’m
putting pressure on his tail this is good for him this is a excellent stretch
so I just have a hold of his tail I don’t know if you can see me very good
or not but just got a hold of the tail and I’m just putting pressure on it this
is good for them to have the tails handle if something ever gets caught
underneath that and that happened just a couple weeks ago one of the kids was
sitting on her horse and hold nine – a pony her horse turned and the pony’s
rain ended up underneath her horse’s tail could have been a really bad
situation the horse she was on I got him broke to
drive and so he’s used to having a CREP around his tail so it wasn’t a big deal
like this okay great for him to have me pull his tail
up have him get used to something being under that tail they feel vulnerable I’m
just gonna kind of take the Bison pressure downward let him feel that nice
stretch this is good for his back he’s kind of leaning into it a little bit
probably feels really good now I’m gonna give his butt go up like that I’m gonna
do it again what’d he get a good grip on his tail
head I’m gonna bring it down on him back excellent stretch our vet shows us this
all the time seen her do it on a lot of horses but he goes leave like that I
want to make sure you never want to just like drop the tail so I got to make sure
that I go with them a little bit keep that pressure there take this opportunity to pet his ears
he’s I’ve been handling his ear since he came out of the room every time you
touch a horse or either training it to do something good or training it to do
something bad so think about that the next time you touch a horse and how do
you touch it what you do I try to think about that all the time and gosh I could
get so much better than I am but I’m learning I’m still learning I will
always be learning I’m just trying to be better
always and when I’m used to having a steel
brushed it’s all I’m gonna do with him and that was a little I don’t know I
spent like I can’t I just can’t I can’t get away from them they just come
everywhere my animals are taking over he’s probably been in this stall for a
total of thirty minutes away from his mom there’s not been one single noise
from either of them they’re both just munching on their food eating hey he’s
getting brushed loving every minute of it now he’s got a cat – cat scratching
on the wall that he’s watching all of the little things that he gets the seat
but that was a great you know I consider that an outstanding training session for
him we get to work on a lot of different little things and none of it was a big
deal it was always all of it was just really easy easygoing no big deal and
that’s what I like I like every time I work with a horse I like it to be just
hey we’re just here hanging out and doing some stuff together and no big
deal no big deal that’s what I that’s what I prefer so
anytime I can make it be that way that’s what I that’s what I like to do I don’t
like to have conflict with them at all no stress
I don’t like stress for me or for them you know I don’t like getting kicked I
don’t like getting bucked off I don’t like I don’t like any of that stuff it’s
not fine sex so and they don’t like it either they don’t want to be that way
the only time they do those things is when they’re trying to protect
themselves for some reason and I don’t want my horses ever feel like they need
to protect themselves well if you want to learn more about horses and follow my
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the videos and about Mainzer and anything else the cats whatever whatever
you want to talk about I love hearing about it so thank you so much for
watching have a great day by


84 Responses

  1. DoIt On my own

    December 31, 2019 8:41 pm

    Manizer is really coming along under your patience and soft manner Brandi. Heโ€™s going to be a wonderful adult horse! ๐Ÿ™‚. Happy New Year to you and your family. All the best for 2020!

  2. Gina Caparotta

    December 31, 2019 8:47 pm

    Hi! So my Uncle recently gave me one of his new ponies. His just a baby. His a shetland cross. Now my Uncle struggled with him when he was on the lead line he didn't want to do anything. he was giving my Uncle a heard time. When i came to his house and he had put him on the lead line I was able to walk him around the yard. He actually listen to me. i was calm and talk to him. told him that everything was going to be alright and it worked. Anyway here is my question…. he doesn't like his face being such. His there a way how to handle that to break him out of that?

  3. Zoe Dreeszen

    December 31, 2019 8:55 pm

    I had no idea patting a horse is a scary thing for them! No idea! Plus, Iโ€™m telling you, I want one of your cats!

  4. Ashley Motto

    December 31, 2019 8:59 pm

    I'm my honest opinion I think you are doing such an amazing job with Manzer, I can't wait to see what he turns out to be.

  5. Lisa Gay

    December 31, 2019 9:02 pm

    Great,video so,beautiful I love him so much ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฆ“๐Ÿฆ“๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜

  6. Elizabeth Brower

    December 31, 2019 9:09 pm

    Thatโ€™s a good idea to wean him that way. Iโ€™m a big boy now๐Ÿ˜. There is more than one way to train a horse too so you do what works for you. Heโ€™s still a little weak in the hindquarters but this is old so Iโ€™m hoping he is stronger now. He is VERY well behaved for a colt too. Colts can be bratty sometimes compared to fillies. Happy new year to you and your family and your animals

  7. Tracy Rain

    December 31, 2019 9:10 pm

    Well, that was a mightily mis-titled vid! Should have been something like 'Clover & Friends'!! Lol

    So love watching your positive interactions with horses. Better to train well 5 minutes a day than have to fix a lot of problems later on. And, Manzer's reaction to getting groomed is priceless.

    Hope you and yours have an awesome New Year and may 2020 bring all your heart's desires…God Bless from Scotland x

  8. Jeana Lowe

    December 31, 2019 9:10 pm

    The thing is, all horses are different. Just bc one person says…..this is what I did….doesn't mean that works for all horses. You obviously love & respect your horses therefore, they trust you. That's the most important thing

  9. Martine in France

    December 31, 2019 9:12 pm

    Awesome video, thank you. Perfect explanations. Manzer is so adorable and seems very sensitive to touch๐Ÿ˜. I noticed that non horses people have a tendancy to touch the head or tap a horse anywhere. Either the horse doesn't react or flees the contact putting his head up. They seldomly scratch or rub horses, most probably because they don't know what horses prefer. Is it true that the chest of a stallion is an erotic zone to avoid rubing ? An elderly woman who had a channel here was explaining all the zones to touch on her horses males and females if you know whom I mean. I think she was in the Netherlands.. I think each horse has his own preferences. The Kitty just wants your attention ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. suzy klitgaard

    December 31, 2019 9:18 pm

    Hi Brandi.
    Manzer in my opinion will be a fantastic therapy horse someday. But I always say this. My gut tells me in every video uploaded. โค๐Ÿค—

  11. Chloe's Dream

    December 31, 2019 9:19 pm

    Love & Attention = Creating a really Great Bond of Trust with him – Manzer is doing so good. & O' Boy he's Loving the brush – Best Wishes for a Blessed Happy New Year ๐Ÿ’ Cheers ๐Ÿป

  12. John Amidon

    December 31, 2019 9:35 pm

    And that's what a lot of people miss…every daggoned time you interact with your horse, you're teaching them something, for better or worse. Better pay attention!

  13. Melissa Walker

    December 31, 2019 9:50 pm

    Such a beautiful rainbow kitty. Laughing so hard at his looks when you scratched his right spots. He's a lucky little guy to have such a wonderful human starting him off

  14. DakotaCelt1

    December 31, 2019 10:02 pm

    Manzer's nose up in the air getting groomed reminds me of my friend's late horse. He loved a good scratch, especially behind the ear. He was a big softie for an old barrel racing horse. He was not enthusiastic about racing but turned into a fine therapy horse.

    Love your feline photobomber!

  15. Jessica Manning

    December 31, 2019 10:29 pm

    LOVE your philosophy and your absolute DEDICATION to your animals. The cat is just too much!! so cute…! I could watch this all day. Happy New Year to you Brandi and my resolution is to learn MORE and ride MORE. Love your channel!

  16. Animal tested Love approved

    December 31, 2019 10:42 pm

    Brandi ;you are one of best horse owners and trainers.!!Every thing you do effects your horse from the start and how they learn. . how they would feel and love is so important. . Love. Love love how you THINK like a horse: ๐Ÿ˜
    Have a Wonderful New year ,you and your beautiful family. ๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜Šโค

  17. Lorelei Hebdon

    December 31, 2019 11:06 pm

    When I weaned my foals I thought I had a really good idea!! Put the babies in with my old mare .. A surrogate mother.. Until…she started lactating an aloud the babies to nurse. Lol!! Epic fail..

  18. Terri TN

    December 31, 2019 11:12 pm

    There's not a doubt in my mind that Manzer is going to be an awesome horse because of your hands on work from day one. If I'd ever got to experience having a foal like you, I'd do just what you do. That's the best way for a horse to trust you! Wishing you and family a great 2020!

  19. Shannon Huber

    December 31, 2019 11:19 pm

    Love your video. Clover is fabulous. My vet tells me Torties are either love bugs or like mine, her name is Wicked Willow… (she loves me). Thanks for the great video.

  20. Nique M

    December 31, 2019 11:22 pm

    I love watching videos of you training him! He's so adorable! Love this channel.. โคโคAny advice on how to become more confident while riding again. My riding confidence went down super bad after a horse reared up with me and I wasn't allowed back on, but the owner put beginners up on him instead. I was always told to leave off on a good note and jump back on the next time I'm there. But because she never did allow me back up on him that destroyed my riding confidence big time. ๐Ÿ˜” I moved from Ohio to Idaho so I start at a new English lesson barn Friday.

  21. Edie King

    December 31, 2019 11:24 pm

    You are the absolute best! HAPPY NEW YEAR to you, your family, all the gorgeous horses and Manzer, the chickens, the ducks, the cats and of course Stella. I canโ€™t wait to see what next year brings. YIPPEE ๐Ÿฅณ. Now remember the conditions you have agreed to with your husband as far as Nika and Manzer!, Lol ๐Ÿ˜†

  22. V Wyldrose

    December 31, 2019 11:41 pm

    Loved the video. I try to make weaning as stress free as possible too. Him and his mom both look relaxed and unstressed.

  23. Liz Hrubik

    January 1, 2020 12:07 am

    I love that pleasure expression of Manzer! Miss Clover just has to say โ€œHello, I love youโ€. Wonderful. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  24. Shawna Weesner

    January 1, 2020 12:24 am

    Taking away a 3 month old colt from his mother when you could allow them to stay together is a domineering and meddlesome thing to do. It also shows lack of horsemanship on your part! The mother would eventually wean her colt from her. And the colt would learn how to be a horse and horse manners from his mom and other horses.

  25. Maura Swenson

    January 1, 2020 12:59 am

    Makes so much sense, Manzer is going to be a perfect gentleman. Happy New Year Brandi! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

  26. Missy S

    January 1, 2020 1:05 am

    Love the way he reacts to being brushed! Great work…..I love that kind of work! Cause it's not really work! ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. Jolene L

    January 1, 2020 1:11 am

    My 3 year old mare loves having her tail missed with. She fell asleep when I was brushing throw it.

  28. CMarie57

    January 1, 2020 2:21 am

    Really enjoyed watching this, looked so relaxing for both you & Manzer. With your training & his great attitude he'll be good at whatever job you give him when he's grown! And Clover – what can I say? Awesome kitty! Thanks for sharing all you do with us!

  29. Susie Wallace

    January 1, 2020 3:05 am

    Brandi, this is great teaching. So much of working with horses/animals is being considerate of them so they learn to trust which makes training so much easier. You do it so well! I love your videos. Hi Clover! ๐Ÿ’œ

  30. L A

    January 1, 2020 3:28 am

    I had to laugh about the mosquitoes, that's definitely not an issue today! Everything you do is part of his training, even recording the video, because there is the camera and your voice to get used to, also. We take things like that for granted, don't we? I hope I get to see some of the snowfall you got over the holiday. It would be interesting to see how you do your chores in that white stuff.

  31. Joanne Kim

    January 1, 2020 3:51 am

    Just wondering what your opinions are of breeders that donโ€™t do this and let foals mostly alone until weaning?
    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Mary Cook Moore

    January 1, 2020 4:04 am

    He is so handsome!!! Almost all foals go through the ugly /awkward phase but starting to thinking he isnโ€™t going to have one, . You and him have such an amazing bond and have been through so much together already in his short life. I canโ€™t wait to watch your journey with him.thank you for sharing him with us ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

  33. Lynne Nee

    January 1, 2020 4:17 am

    Wonderful video. Thanks for sharing. Your patience with Manzer ๐Ÿด is so rewarding. Clover is a beautiful ๐Ÿฑ

  34. Laurieb2851

    January 1, 2020 5:39 am

    It wasn't more obvious that Manzer LOVED that grooming session. He stretched his neck out pretty good too.

  35. A Me

    January 1, 2020 7:08 am

    He is looking so good the two of you really bonded. I wish I could come and hang out with him a bit, but I live too far. lol Have a great New Year…

  36. Pierce Hill

    January 1, 2020 7:13 am

    I enjoy the way you put your hands on the horse and explain how, why and what you're doing. It makes me wonder if I would like interacting with a horse. Do trainers realize people unfamiliar with horses are a danger to themselves?

  37. Susan Flowers

    January 1, 2020 8:45 am

    You are so right! Manzer is so expressive! It's too darn CUTE! Brandi I really liked what you said about; horse's not caring about what you HAVE! They care about what you DO and how you make them feel. I've heard that taught by other Horsemen as well! I heard another Horseman say: when you're with a horse and leave. You either taught him something GOOD or something BAD!. Very interesting stuff!

  38. Janice Taylor

    January 1, 2020 12:04 pm

    Well someone really enjoyed his groom, that little face !! Looking forward to seeing Manzer on his growing journey a very special fella !Happy New Year to you & your lovely family !

  39. shez61

    January 1, 2020 2:32 pm

    Manzer is growing into a beautiful horse, and it's so good to be following his journey from foal to horse.I love watching you and how you work with your horses. I get so much joy from watching your videos, thank you for sharing. xx

  40. Irene George Messinger

    January 1, 2020 3:51 pm

    excellent training session with Manzer and looks like Clover is stepping up to the plate in training her human. I saw her teaching you to be around the back of you like she just saw you doing with Manzer. lol

  41. jeep girl

    January 1, 2020 5:57 pm

    Great little video. You explain things beautifully.
    I'm curious about your accent, are u from Canada or the midwest? I grew up in north Dakota and u sound incredibly familiar.

  42. tina silver

    January 1, 2020 7:27 pm

    In England, one way to wean, is when there are six or more mares with foals in a paddock, move the foals to the next paddock where they can see and touch the mares but there are rails between them. After a few days move some of the mares, then after some more days if all is fine, move all the foals or the mares to the next paddock away so they can whiney if necessary, but generally as they are in their foal group, the foals become their "family".

  43. Lilia Mason

    January 2, 2020 5:17 pm

    Manzer is so happy when you groom him! He looks really healthy, how old is he now?๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  44. Versatile Horsemanship

    January 2, 2020 6:29 pm

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  45. Connie Zapiain

    January 2, 2020 8:29 pm

    Great video girlie! Makin us feel like we are part of the journey and learning at the same time.

  46. Susan Romeo

    January 3, 2020 2:27 am

    Love your approach. :-). Whether itโ€™s developmental trauma or another form of acute stress those experiences stay in there to be potentially triggered at a later date by obvious things but also less obvious things. I love how you keep it light but aware. It occurred to me as you commented on the half hour Manzer spent away from his mom, that you are kind of a transitional object for him. Like the blanket or bear for a toddler. That colt was totally blissing out in your presence! Money in his emotional bank so to speak. Then again, it could have been the feline spiritual advisor, never one to miss out on good chi!

  47. Karen Kasberg

    January 3, 2020 2:58 am

    I couldnโ€™t love this more โค๏ธ! Your love for your animals warms my heart. โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿดโ™ฅ๏ธ

  48. Grace Brown

    January 3, 2020 4:00 am

    Manzerโ€™s hair is so short my guys is already over 6 inches long idk what Iโ€™m going to do with his hair๐Ÿ˜


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