Frequently Asked Questions
long does it normally take to break in a horse?
Usually around 4-5 weeks.
|Q: In your
opinion, what's the best age for my horse to be
broken in and ridden?
A: In an
ideal world, I would say that four years old is a
good age for most horses. Leaving flexibility
room in terms of workload afterwards for later
|Q: What is
the minimal age that you would break-in a horse
to be ridden?
A: I will not break
in a horse under saddle who is under two years
from the actual day of
birth. I do understand that this limits me with
regards to the thoroughbred industry. I have
nothing against thoroughbred racing, and have a
great deal of respect for the industry. I do
understand that thoroughbreds mature earlier, and
it is common practice for some to be broken in
much earlier and raced at two. It is simply a
personal opinion that I don't want to compromise
on. I will happily work with horses on the ground
up until, and under saddle after the age of two.
broke in my horse, but he/she won't listen to my
signals. What is your definition of "broken
A: I consider a horse
to be broken in when they can comfortably walk,
trot, canter carrying a rider, on a soft reign,
and softly yield to the rider's leg and hand cues.
They should also be comfortable to be led, tacked
up, groomed, handled with no 'sensitive' areas,
and stand reasonable still for being tacked up
That said, I cater to what the owner /
rider wants and expects from the horse. This
might mean that I spend a few extra sessions
working with the owner to show them what the
horse best responds to, and how to cope with any
issues they may get in the future. Or work a
horse more around traffic and hills if their job
is going to be riding out. Or work with and
alongside the owner, if they are an experienced
rider who want to do most of the work themselves,
but just want a hand and guidance. Just like each
horse is a different individual, so is each
combination of horse and rider.
|Q: So you
do more than just breaking-in?
Yes. I do training, re-training, bringing horses
back into work, working with problem horses,
lessons, consultations, and more. And if it's
something beyond my abilities, I would likely be
able to recommend someone.
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