Samantha Jepson

Colt Starting

Colt Starting

Step 1: Assessment

Goals:

  • Assessing the horse helps us to define where to start with each horse.
    • What training, if any, has the horse had?
    • What is it’s physical conditioning (fitness, health issues, etc.)
    • Social interaction (with horses, humans, environmental responses)
    • Building Blocks (are any loop holes missing in training)

 

Our goal is to create a safe and happy horse, for you and the owner/rider.
With a comprehensive assessment, we know exactly where to begin, and can build a training path that best benefits the horse and rider alike.

 

Acknowledge simple accomplishments as a job well done!
This will reinforce that the horse is doing exactly what is asked of him/her and boosts confidence.

Step 4: Saddle Starting

Goals:

  • Horse should have a solid grasp of the base commands.
  • Horse should respond to weight weight in stirrups, mounting body movement, etc. prior to riding.
  • Horse should be attentive and understand ground cues, prior to mounting.
  • BASIC Movements: Walk, stop, back, turn right, turn left.

Though your horse may have these movements down while doing ground work, balancing a rider’s weight, hearing commands from a new/scary perspective, and performing these simple tasks is a whole new skill set and requires adjustment.

Acknowledge simple accomplishments as a job well done!
This will reinforce that the horse is doing exactly what is asked of him/her and boosts confidence.

Step 5: First Rides

Goals:

  • Horse should have a solid grasp of the base commands.
  • Horse should respond to weight weight in stirrups, mounting body movement, etc. prior to riding.
  • Horse should be attentive and understand ground cues, prior to mounting.
  • BASIC Movements: Walk, stop, back, turn right, turn left.

Though your horse may have these movements down while doing ground work, balancing a rider’s weight, hearing commands from a new/scary perspective, and performing these simple tasks is a whole new skill set and requires adjustment.

Acknowledge simple accomplishments as a job well done!
This will reinforce that the horse is doing exactly what is asked of him/her and boosts confidence.

Colt Starting

The foundation for starting any horse is a solid base of ground work. This allows us to develop the necessary skills, communication, fitness, and manners to move a horse forward. Training is accomplished through body language, verbal cues, and leadline guidance.

Skill Level

Novice
Advanced

Lessons

Ground Manners
Basic Fitness and movement
Prep for Under Saddle
The 6 Basics
-Start
-Stop
-Left
-Right
-Walk
-Trot
Colt - Churro