Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Soon to be South Carolina
• Horses: 0
What I would do is put a solid foundation of groundwork for 2 or 3 months, so that they're yeilding fore and hindquarters, lunging WTC, stopping on the lunge, backing, accepting pressure, and maybe accepting the bit or saddle pad if I think they're mentally mature enough.
Then I'd turn them out until late in their 3rd year for saddling, bridling, and depending on the individual, short rides no more than 20 minutes at a time.
By the time they're 4, then the real training would start. Not 2 or 3 hours of hard work, but consistent, and steady work 4 to 5 days a week. My goal would be for them to know their leads, WTC comfortably and balanced under saddle, backing well, accepting and giving to the bit, flexing side to side, breaking at the pole, and all and all, having a sound minded individual with a supple body.
I'm not into the futurity and derby thing. I understand that that is where a horse makes a name for itself, but shouldn't be at the expense of their soundness.
I want an horse who is willing to work and will be able to do so for the next 20+ years. I can be patient so that they're started right.
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