Approach the colt with the attitude you are starting its training.
The object is not to break anything; the colt, equipment, or yourself.
Get the colt to accept the idea you are not trying to hurt them; gain their confidence. At the same time, let the colt know your are not going to let them hurt you; establish their respect.
Training is a process- not an event.
I start the training process on a lunge line and, if possible, in a round pen (approx. 50X50). I start by lunging the colt one direction and the other, having the colt come to me in the center with each change of direction. Each time the colts comes to me I touch the colt, first on both sides of the head and neck, and eventually on all 4 legs.
After a day or two of this process, I begin teaching the colt to park every time I have the colt come to me.
The “hurrider” I go, the “behinder” I get.
At this point each youngster will dictate the rate you can advance. A little extra time spent now can save you, or the next trainer, a lot of time later on.
- Order of Equipment Used In Step:
- Surcingle and Crupper.
- Bit tied in the halter.
- Bridle with a bit.
- Side straps- loose.
- Long lines attached to the halter.
- (over the bridle with bit).
- Long lines attached to the bit.
- At this point the colt should be ready to mount.