I agree the join up is crap. I get that just dealing with the horse as normal. Feeding grooming and such. I breed for most of my prospects so they know how to lead by the time they are a few weeks old and by the time they are weaned they tie pick up their feed are groomed bathed feed done take dewormers and if it is a colt they learn to get their sheath cleaned. SO basically everything you would expect to be able to do on the ground for that age.
When they hit 2 they learn to be saddled which is not hard as they have at some point had winter blankets on and such. Then they have some ground work done once they seem comfortable with the saddle bit and such. Then in the saddle we go. At this point is when a lot of the basics are put on the horse. They do not leave the walk trot for the first few months and if they do they are allowed to lope for few strides then back to the walk and trot. They learn to give every inch of their body at the walk and then at the trot. They learn to rate and follow their nose and so on. So by the time you start loping them they have a very very good basics and the lope is easy. Once they are started in the saddle there is no lunging done. I have horses who have not been lunged since they where 2yo.
-I'm so busy... I don't know if I found a rope or lost my horse.
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