Dancing finished her colt start and went with success through my program of the first 8 rides. She has been on little trail rides, alone and with other horses, and is now ready to go home and have some holidays.
After 3 weeks, Dancing was ready and prepared to accept the rider on her back. I have a little checklist in my head, to make sure the horse is mentally and emotionally prepared to take this important step with full understanding.
After all the thorough preparations, Dancing is ready for the next step: accept the saddle. A horses reaction, when wearing for the first time this big floppy piece of leather, can never be underestimated.
Ponying a young horse has many benefits which can make a colt start easier. Experiencing me from the top and being able to take her on real trail rides next to a quiet horse, are just two of them. After having accepted the cinch and learnt to trust me and communicate well on the ground, I started to teach Dancing to pony.
Dancing is really smart and I have to keep it interesting for her. She already learnt all 7 games and accepted the cinch. I decided to change venue and took her into the forest add some purpose. One day she will do nice trail rides with her owner!
Meet Dancing, a 3 year old Quarter Horse mare. She is here to be lightly started under saddle as is now learning first preparations on the ground. Confidence to communicate with me and yielding to pressure are the main focus points.
Colt Starting for me is to provide the young horse with a great start to his career as a riding horse. Developing the confidence of the horse in itself and in the human, building respect without getting the horse afraid and preserving its curiosity and its dignity are the cornerstones of my program!
After two weeks of thorough preparation finally came the big day: The First Ride! Long story short, she did great! Enjoy the pictures.
A good start is not just something in a horses life, it is everything. Meet quarter horse mare Shimmering Princess and follow her first steps into her life as a riding horse.