Colt Starting
Colt Starting/Training: $400/month (5 days/week, min of 60 days)
*Group Rates will be available during colt start clinics.

I start all my colts the same regardless of future intent. They first learn ground work . I desensitize them to most things that scare horses which build’s their confidence so that they stay “with” the rider instead of fleeing, bucking, or panicking. I prepare them in such a way that when a saddle and rider are added, it is merely weight rather than a scary object. They learn to be sensitive to a feel on their halter as well as their bodies. This creates flexion, disengagement, removal of braces, and control over the feet. Everything I ask of them is a choice and done under their own free will. By rewarding the smallest try with a release of pressure I make the wrong choices more difficult and the right choices easier which in turn make my ideas become the horses ideas. 

Other than groundwork I feel the most important aspect of training any horse is something that most trainers overlook: “Control of the feet”. Ray Hunt once said:  “If you control the feet you control the mind.”  It sounds simple but most people can’t tell which foot is coming off the ground or when, let alone being able to pick up that foot and move it individually from the rest, in any direction, in an instant. If the rider has the ability to move the horses feet he can create any maneuver from spins and sliding stops, to the pleasure trot, and jumping. Any maneuver desired from the horse can be created by having control over their feet.

When I feel that the colt is solid in its groundwork and possess soft flexion off the halter as well as lets me control its feet from the ground, I move on to saddling and first rides. Every colt that enters my program leaves with the basic understandings of forward motion including the walk, trot, lope, extended trot, extended lope, and rate (which is controlling speed), as well as stopping, backing, departures, leads, and rollbacks. They are also soft in the mind, face, and body, learning both vertical and lateral flexion as well as disengagement on the hindquarters, and rotation of the forequarters. They are solid on moving every foot independently from the others as well as groundwork, and desensitization. They have a good mind, and are willing, connected, and safe. After the colts have a strong understanding of these concepts their training can then be refined and directed toward their future intent.
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