Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Alberta, Canada
If you insist on starting this horse your self, spend TONS of time sacking him out. Tie him to a post, put him in different scenarios, crumple an oats bag, rub it on him lift the stirrups and drop them, stand further behind him and raise your arms up, do jumping jacks, make noise, shake the saddle, put a saddle blanket over his head, pat him all over until he stops twitching....as many things as you can think of that will cause a horse to spook, and don't stop doing it until he is calm and realize he isnt melting.
One thing you can do that works great, is buy a pair of coveralls (cheap pair) sew the arms and legs closed fill the legs with sand and the rest of the body with hay, put 'D' rings on the legsgs, arms and back and chest, grab some binder twine and tie dummy into the saddle to get him used to something up there...that way if something happens it isn't you getting hurt and you'll know how he will react when you 'mount' and 'dismount' your dummy (he will be the same with you if you simulate it properly.
There are some things you can do on your won, and others I would say to have help from someone experienced. I trained my first horse this fall/winter, and although it was do able for me to do with experienced help I was able to do it properly, there are so many things that can go wrong and the last thing you want is for something to happen and the horse be scarred for life form it bc it terrified them.
I am sure you can do it, it just may take more time, but always end on a positive note, something the horse knows, or if the horse learns something and does really well at it end there. If you're horse is licking his lips, he knows he was good and you can either move on, or end on that note. As long as you're making the decisions not the horse, you can do it!
Last edited by kstinson; 04-06-2011 at 11:32 AM.