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    01-04-2012, 12:53 PM
Halter. They already understand the pressure. One less 'new' thing to add to the first time they are backed.
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    01-07-2012, 09:21 PM
I use a french link, loose cheek snaffle.
They are also ground driven in that and a halter so they know directionals before mounting.
    01-16-2012, 05:45 PM
I started mine in a hackamore (NOT mechanical) and I will progress to a snaffle then to a curb.
    01-16-2012, 05:56 PM
Green Broke
First ride: Ponied
2nd-5th ride (Or until there is an understanding of simple cues and no bucking): Halter
From there: Snaffle.
    01-16-2012, 09:34 PM
A D ring snaffle. But my first ride I have someone loosely lead me until the colt is used to getting directions from their back. Before I get on I spend time teaching them to give to the bit, turn both ways, and back up, from the ground. They lunge in it. Usually all it takes it getting them moving forward with weight, I already have them steering with a soft mouth.
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    01-16-2012, 09:59 PM
I use a rope halter to start most horses...since they are already usually soft in it. I introduce the snaffle later on, although most have already been working it it on the ground some, I just prefer working in the halter right off. Not sure why, it's just always been my preference.
    01-17-2012, 12:13 AM
Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
Just wondering, when you are getting on a colt for the first time, are you what headgear do you ride him in? Just a halter? A snaffle?
Either - it's a matter of personal preference.

Generally what I would do is start the colts on their very first ride just a couple of circles being ponied by another horse. The halter is on underneath being held by the rider on the horse, the rider has the reins but doesn't pull on them.
Personally, I would not do this…too much for the horse to pay attention to and too easy for a wreck to happen.
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    01-17-2012, 12:15 AM
I've always just used a loose ring snaffle on all of mine and had great results. I suppose if I come across a horse that doesn't go well in that, then I'll try something different, but until then, I say "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".
    01-17-2012, 01:14 PM
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Personally, I would not do this…too much for the horse to pay attention to and too easy for a wreck to happen.[/QUOTE]

Can you please explain? When I do it I'm basically just a passenger and the horse will only carry the bit. It wouldn't be their first time being ponied either. I don't really see a whole bunch of "new" things in there since all of them will be highly desensitized to absolutely everything hundreds of times before backing.
    01-17-2012, 02:04 PM
I don't or wouldn't pony either; the reason being, that not only do you endanger your horse, but the horse that is ponying the newly ridden horse, should the horse being ridden for the first time decide to blow up. There would be no way the rider of the ponying horse could get out of the way, or get rid of the lead rope quickly enough to totally prevent some kind of wreck from happening; both horses and riders could be hurt, instead of just one horse or rider.

Now I have had a handler on the ground lead a horse for the first actual ride, but I don't as a general rule any more. If you have taught the horse how to flex, and yield his hips, and he knows how to move off of clicks and kisses from the ground, getting him to move undersaddle isn't going to be rocket science. I can generally get a horse to w/t/c the first ride, but mainly focus on bending, and stops, and keeping him calm and relaxed, how fast we go depends on how focused he is on me.

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