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    05-04-2010, 01:43 PM
What do you use on your young horses?

Just curious on other peoples methods. I generally will start my horses in an old, lightweight western saddle for them to just stand in and get comfortable, with a soft bridle and a very soft snaffle. Nothing harsh for the first little while of training. I generally introduce the saddle first and just use a halter while they are getting used to that and then try the bridle.

What do you use on your colts?
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    05-04-2010, 02:25 PM
I used leather sidepull and light western saddle.
    05-04-2010, 02:34 PM
Same saddle I ride in (English close contact) and a loose ring french link snaffle.
    05-04-2010, 03:24 PM
I use a Dring snaffle & which ever english saddle I can fit to them [i have 2]
    05-04-2010, 04:44 PM
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I use a trainer.... :)
    05-04-2010, 05:54 PM
Originally Posted by farmpony84    
I use a trainer.... :)
    05-04-2010, 06:02 PM
I use my everyday saddle and an O-ring snaffle but the thing that helps the most is when I use my head.
    05-04-2010, 06:03 PM
I use my saddle, I only have the ones I ride in and not any beaters. I like to start on a halter or side pull. I only transition to a bit when they don't respond to the side pull well or if I want to refine their training.
    05-04-2010, 11:24 PM
Green Broke
First with a surcingle only. Then a surcingle and a saddle pad. Then a small lightweight saddle, usually a pony or kids western saddle. Then I'll go with whatever saddle I plan on training the horse in, usually my Endurance saddle.

For headgear, I start riding with a leather halter with reins clipped to the side, with some lunging or round pen work with a bit, usually a french link loose ring or egg butt. I'll only start riding with the bit once the horse is moving away from leg pressure and stopping with the halter easily.
    05-04-2010, 11:28 PM
Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
I use my everyday saddle and an O-ring snaffle but the thing that helps the most is when I use my head.
haha good point !

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