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From Colt Starting to Well-Trained Horse

From Colt Starting to Well-Trained Horse
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Horseman Clinton Anderson explains that a well-trained horse receives equal doses of long rides, wet saddle pads and concentrated training.

 

Long rides…

Horseman Clinton Anderson explains From Colt Starting to Well-Trained Horse

You can’t expect a colt to get broke by riding him for twenty minutes a day. You have to put some miles under his feet. The best place to ride a colt is on a dirt road that goes for miles. Horses can go sour quickly if you only ride them in a small space like a roundpen or an arena. The smaller the area, the more it shuts them down mentally and physically.

Wet saddle pads…

Most horses are overfed and underworked. Don’t get on your colt and just walk for an hour – get his feet moving and give him a job to do.

Horseman Clinton Anderson explains From Colt Starting to Well-Trained Horse

Concentrated training…

Constantly ask the colt to bend and soften his body from his nose to his tail, which is all part of concentrated training.

Equal doses…

Horseman Clinton Anderson explains From Colt Starting to Well-Trained HorseA truly broke horse receives an equal dose of all three ingredients. It’s no good to have only one or two. Racehorses get lots of wet saddle pads, but no long rides or concentrated training. I’ve seen trail horses go for long rides but come back without a drop of sweat on them because they walked the entire time. And I’ve seen plenty of show horses receive wet saddle pads and concentrated training, but they’ve never stepped foot outside the arena for long rides. If you give your colt equal doses of all three ingredients, you’ll have a responsive and respectful horse that you can do just about anything with.

Horseman Clinton Anderson explains From Colt Starting to Well-Trained Horse

 

In his Colt Starting Series, Clinton details the step-by-step method he uses to get horses off to the right start. To learn more visit www.downunderhorsemanship.com.

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