I love putting the first few rides on a colt. Helping them understand being a riding horse, fostering their confidence in having a job, and turning out relaxed, forward, happy horses is my favorite thing. With every horse that comes through my program, I am looking to create a riding partner who is game and teachable. I believe it is possible to start colts without scaring them or losing their spark and personality. We can challenge and teach them in a space where they find the right answers and push them without rushing them.
Every horse learns at its own pace, but before they leave us we would like to see them:
- responding to pressure by searching for answers
- confidently carrying a rider at all gaits in the arena and on the trails
-softly responsive to basic leg, seat and rein cues
The goal here is to build a secure foundation to support further specialized training. No matter what your horse's future job will be, we can lay the groundwork for them to learn it.
To be started under saddle, we ask that the horse be at least three years old and service-ably sound. Yes, we will start an older horse under saddle! There is no upper age limit for this service. Medium/large ponies are welcome as well!