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Starting Out Right

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From birth, a horse is a full faculty learner.  Because of this you can start your interactions with them very early on.  But keep in mind, just because they are little, doesn’t mean they won’t remember.  The things that you teach them when they are young will stay with them forever.  So don’t plan on ‘changing your program‘ when they are big enough to ride.  You may find that you have to retrain them around some bad habits that you allowed to develop early on.  A few minutes here and there is all that is required, but make them count.  Try to keep your horse curious, calm, focused, and trying.  Give them something new to learn each session.  This will help to create a very strong bond between you and them.  And always remember, you are raising a partner and friend that you may need to rely on someday.  Your job is not to spoil them, but rather be a good leader that they can rely on too.  Have fun with your horses! 

It has been a great week at the ranch. Finally put the chores to the side and put 4 solid sessions on my bridle horses and the colts. Professor and Shiner are really starting to mature. They are starting to ride pretty good in the bridle. The colts had some challenges early on, but should be on the payroll this weekend at their second clinic. We are taking Ella and Boone and letting Mav get some more groceries in him for a couple of weeks.


  • Deb Avritt
    Deb Avritt Tuesday, 09 April 2013

    this is awesome. We are supposed to get a almost yearling in for groundwork in the next couple weeks. Good stuff to think about in these posts. Thanks

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