Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
Just because someone uses the word "breaking" doesnt mean that they are doing what old school cowboys do. Yes, in this sense, it could mean that.
I once got on a colt in the paddock bareback. Grandpa boosted me up. That was the first time someone had ever been on his back....ever. He had been out there grazing. So, if someone had a really easy going horse, then yes, they probably could get up on within 30 minutes. Doesnt mean they are going to steer or be completely "broke".
I have been a help with my grandparents "breaking" their two year old Standardbreds for a while. We put a harness on them with everything dangling so they get the feeling of having everything on then....then jog them behind the truck on a gate we had made for the horses....and do that for several months. Then we add a cart. Then we jog them for a while like that, and after a while start unclipping them from the gate and slowly drive further away from them. Horse is now broke to harness and to drive.
Again....breaking can be done more then one way.
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. --Epictetus