Gentle stripping is the most effective method, as it allows the horse to establish a relationship of trust with its handler, a relationship that will last.
BREAKING IN A HORSE: THE DIFFERENT STAGES
Smooth cleaning takes time. It can be done with the horse and the rider, but it is preferable to make demonstrations on a horse already trained in front of the horse to break in . This “monkey that sees, monkey that does” method works very well. When your horse sees someone doing something to another horse without the horse showing any fear, he will want the same thing done to him, especially if he gets treats . Once you have gained the horse's trust, you can begin halter training .
Halter dressage works best with young horses.
To get your foal used to wearing a halter, you need to spend time with him every day and he needs to see you haltering other horses.
Spend time brushing and stroking the foal's head, and don't forget to give him treats often.
Use a variety of treats to find out which your foal likes best.
In my experience, foals never accept a halter on the first try, so be patient . That said, you shouldn't let his stubbornness last too long.
TEACH THE HORSE TO FOLLOW US
Once the foal is comfortable with the halter, it's time to start leading it with you. The two-horse system works great for this workout.
Use a trained horse and the colt you are training.
Put halters on both horses , walk to the other end of the lead rope and hand out a treat . Do this with both horses. The trained horse must then begin to approach to receive its treat. More often than not, the horse you are training will do the same.
If the foal in training does not move, you need to get a little closer to him.
Note: Make sure to only give the treat after the foal has moved.
TRAINING TO PUT THE NET TO HIS HORSE
As soon as the foal has reached adult size , training with the netting should begin. Use the least restrictive bit possible. This training should also be done with a treat that the horse can handle with a bit in its mouth .
Note: The horse must know how to steer and make steering movements before putting on a saddle.
PUT ON THE SADDLE
In my experience with gentle breaking in , I always bring in other horses during training to help my foal learn.
To get your horse used to having something on his back, try leaning on him while you brush him.
Then find some lightweight things (an old coat works well) to put on his back.
Be sure to put it on the trained horse first, and give treats to both horses .
When your foal tolerates the light object, move on to the saddle pad . The horse should now accept it with no problem. If he balks, use the light item again for a while.
Once he accepts the saddle pad, you can begin to add some of your weight to his back . To do this, stand on a stool and brush the horse, leaning on it. Make sure you can get away from the horse quickly , if necessary.
In my experience, this workout is the longest. To calm the horse, brush it while you do this.
Once all of the above can be done comfortably, you can introduce the saddle. The best way to do this is to have the horse see other horses being saddled as often as possible. You also need to ride other horses nearby to get him used to this idea.
READY TO RIDE
When I get to this phase, I always work with three horses (two of which should already be well trained). Place the young horse sandwiched between them and mount. It can be dangerous if you show fear. I do not recommend it to a beginner.
The horse should now move like the others without rearing up or acting up. When other horses turn right or left, move the reins in the appropriate direction. If you want the horse to follow the commands of the feet, you must use them at this time.
If you follow these suggestions, you will have a horse that will trust you and be more obedient. Horses like people who are gentle and able to love. If you treat them kindly, they will develop a very loving relationship with you that will last a lifetime.
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