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post #1 of 10 Old 05-04-2010, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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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?

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-04-2010, 01:25 PM
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I used leather sidepull and light western saddle.
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Same saddle I ride in (English close contact) and a loose ring french link snaffle.
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I use a Dring snaffle & which ever english saddle I can fit to them [i have 2]

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I use a trainer.... :)

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I use my everyday saddle and an O-ring snaffle but the thing that helps the most is when I use my head.

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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.
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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.

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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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