As some of you may know I am attempting to saddle break my 2 fillys (3 years old) myself. We have been doing time in the round pen just working on walking out, whoa and back up.
I've started putting a bit in their mouth and letting them walk around with it. I control them with a lead rope mecate sort of set up and rope halter from the saddle.
They are both doing super, Saro is starting to move off of voice commands and Shiloh is doing great pretty much just off leg pressure.
I have started getting them to give their head and turn in the direction I want them to go.
I have started to keep both the rope halter "reins" and the reins attached to the bit in my hands so they start to associate the bit feel with the head pressure.
I'm really exaggerating my leg cues. Way forward for whoa and back, and really tap tap tapping for go.
My trainer friend has been out of town for a couple of weeks so I'm pretty much winging it. Does any of this sound like the right thing to do? I'm also limiting my sessions to about 15 min. Is that too little or to short on time? We are on about the 10th ride, should I be further along than this? Green broke is just learning to go forward, whoa, back and left or right, Right? Isn't that what most trainers will teach them if I sent them off to be broke?
I'm just so afraid I'm going to mess them up, Please reassure me