How can we prepare our horse for Colt Starting that he doesn’t get in trouble and we can stay safe? With these 14 exercises done on the ground, your horse will find it fun to work with you, is open to new experiences and feels successful as a learner. Your horse will be ready to start his life as a riding horse.
Chevrenne is a 4-year-old Draft Horse mare of the breed Bretonne. She joined me to be started under saddle. With her almost 900 kg she is an impressive horse and as she can sometimes lack a bit of respect, I will pay special attention to lightness. What does it take to get a heavy horse like this to respond with lightness?
Dancing finished her colt start and went with success through my program of the first 8 rides. She has been on little trail rides, alone and with other horses, and is now ready to go home and have some holidays.
After 3 weeks, Dancing was ready and prepared to accept the rider on her back. I have a little checklist in my head, to make sure the horse is mentally and emotionally prepared to take this important step with full understanding.
After all the thorough preparations, Dancing is ready for the next step: accept the saddle. A horses reaction, when wearing for the first time this big floppy piece of leather, can never be underestimated.
Ponying a young horse has many benefits which can make a colt start easier. Experiencing me from the top and being able to take her on real trail rides next to a quiet horse, are just two of them. After having accepted the cinch and learnt to trust me and communicate well on the ground, I started to teach Dancing to pony.
Dancing is really smart and I have to keep it interesting for her. She already learnt all 7 games and accepted the cinch. I decided to change venue and took her into the forest add some purpose. One day she will do nice trail rides with her owner!
Meet Dancing, a 3 year old Quarter Horse mare. She is here to be lightly started under saddle as is now learning first preparations on the ground. Confidence to communicate with me and yielding to pressure are the main focus points.
Colt Starting for me is to provide the young horse with a great start to his career as a riding horse. Developing the confidence of the horse in itself and in the human, building respect without getting the horse afraid and preserving its curiosity and its dignity are the cornerstones of my program!