FAQs

Some common questions people have regarding the breaking-in or starting process include: JP1

What type of methods do you use?

We use only non-violent methods we do not use ropes, hobbles, twitches, head ties or artificial aids of any kind when working with any of our horses. We aim to make breaking-in/starting a stress free process for the horse so they start their working life with a good experience.

 

What is the best age to get my horse broken in?

This can depend on the breed and maturity/development level of your horse. For most horses between 2 and 3 years old is a good age. Earlier maturing horses like thououghbreds can start younger and some times later maturing warmbloods can be left to mature until 3 or 3 and a half. It is often better for the horse (and rider) to get the horse started early and then turn it out, rather that waiting longer and then breaking it in.

 

 

Should I do any lunging/handling before I send my horse to you? Artemis2

We prefer horses to not have any lunging before they arrive, if you can put a halter on and lead your horse that is fine if you have time some grooming is a good idea. However the methods we use work very well on completely unhandled horses, we teach them to trust and respect us right from the very first session.

 

What other preparation should my horse have before being sent to you?

Ideally the horse will have seen a good dentist and had it’s wolf teeth removed, and feet trimmed, however with some horses this is just not possible. If needed we can arrange for the very experienced and highly respected equine dentist Jon Ingersol to see the horse before we start the mouthing process. Once the horses have had some work we also arrange expert master farrier Rodney Brazzill to shoe or trim them when necessary.

 

How often will my horse be worked?

Horse’s are worked a minimum of 5 days per week but usually 6 days per week, some very nervy horses benefit from 2 shorter sessions daily.

 

What happens at the end of the breaking-in/starting process if I would like my horse to have further education?

Many people choose to leave their horse longer for further training, some people feel more comfortable coming out and riding a few days a week in a familiar environment, and getting some help before taking their horse home. We often start the horses competition career taking them to dressage days or schooling outings. Everyone has a different agenda and we are happy to fit in with you and your horse’s individual needs.

 

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