Starting young horses
One of the services available at Urvalshestar is starting young horses. On this page you can read about our ideas and methods on how we start horses. We use many techniques from behavior modification, because initial training of the horse is, of course, exactly that. The horse is mostly learning “manners” in the beginning, and those are all new behaviors. Later, the subjects gradually become more physically oriented, i.e. more about making the horse fit as far as endurance, strength and flexility.
The first thing done with all new horses is to put a halter on them. We do have to intrude into the horse´s personal space in that process, but there is just no way around that. Then we hook a long rein to the halter and take him to a space that is big enough that the horse can move around to get us out of his space. Then he will be calm enough to learn something, and the first thing we do is to teach him to understand and obey the rein. As the horse becomes less fearful he will allow us closer and closer to him, and when the personal space has disappeared we can teach the horse all those things that horses need to learn to become riding horses, such as carrying the bridle, the saddle, and eventually the rider.
What we emphasize teaching horses that come here to be started is the following:
- To respect the man as his leader
- To be caught and lead
- To carry the bridle
- To carry the saddle
- To let the man get on and off
- To tie
- To be shoed
- To be ridden in walk, trot and canter
- To be ponied from another horse
Depending on how long the training period is and the talent of the horse, we start to ride tolt. At this point the horse has been started and more emphasis is put on physical training which is general fitness training, and making the horse better at doing things that he already knows. You can read about that under advanced training here on the left.
Feel welcome to contact us about starting your horse anytime.