14 Preparations for a safe and respectful Colt Starting

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.

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Colt Starting Chevrenne - a "Heavy" Project [Slideshow]

Gabi Neurohr Colt Starting - Bretonne mare Chevrenne

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?

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Colt Starting Dancing - Accept the Rider [Slideshow]

Gabi Neurohr Colt Starting - Accept the Rider

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.

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Colt Starting Dancing - Learning to Pony [Slideshow]

Gabi Neurohr Colt Starting - Quarter horse mare Dancing learns ponying

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. 

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Colt Starting Dancing - Exploring the Forest [Slideshow]

Gabi Neurohr Pre Saddle Training - Confidence in the Forest

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!

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