Originally Posted by franknbeans
Maura-this sounds great, all except the "in the stall" part. Most stalls I have ever been in are too low to get on a horse safely, and leave very little room for error. They also typically have things like lights on the ceiling, making it even worse. I would suggest the same thing, but perhaps in a round pen. Slowly, and a little at a time.
I agree. In a stall would make me very nervous. If they were to decide that's when they were going to have their first blow-up it could potentially be a very dangerous situation. I personally don't even do first rides in a round pen, if they are going to blow I want them to have the room to work through it & if I'm going to eat dirt I want to be free of walls, panels, etc. Bumps & bruises hurt more & last longer now than they used to lol!
I do agree with everything else Maura said. That is the goal with training, do it slow & right and the problems (blow-ups) are much less likely to happen. Generally speaking, I've found that the ones who are started right & handle everything in stride wait until that first canter to do anything silly. Even then most of the time it's not out of an "I can be bad & you're going to eat dirt" place but more of "OH, what the heck am I supposed to do with my legs while you are on me? Crow hop! OOh, that was fun, I didn't know I could do that!"
Sounds like you are on the right track to a well broke horse, good luck!