When you are lucky enough to have a young horse to work with, you want to give him the best possible start to his career. A young horse needs firm boundaries and consistency in this new work to give him confidence in himself and in his rider. He needs the chance to ask questions, to make mistakes without being punished, and to be given the time to think for himself to find the answer.
Chase has started many horses over his career in the saddle, and can bring his experience, his gentle touch, and his patience into the round pen with your colt, to give him the best introduction to his new life.
$20 per hour
$850 (includes full board)
Training fees are due in full and in advance.
What to expect
Colt starting is offered on a month by month basis. We recommend a minimum of two months for colt starting. This ensures the horse has enough time and exposure to the work to give him a good start, and a chance to consolidate his knowledge.
A colt is unpredictable, and it is important not to rush his development in these early stages of his training. This means it is impossible to say with certainty what your colt will learn in his training, but here is a good idea of what he will experience.
Groundwork - Chase will build a solid working relationship on the ground, often in the round pen or on the lunge line. The colt learns about respecting personal space, yielding his hindquarters, and is exposed to voice cues (although he will not understand them yet). He learns to give to pressure, how to move his feet, and to accept having his feet picked up.
Sacking out - the colt learns that a flag, a saddle-pad, or a rope is not a horse-eating dragon! He learns to think about what is happening to him before he reacts. This teaches the horse to approach new situations and new objects with confidence and respect, without fear.
Saddling - this whole process allows the colt to understand that saddling is normal, and not unpleasant. He becomes accustomed to the feel of stirrups on his sides, saddle strings tickling his flanks, and the way the leather sounds and smells. As his education continues, he learns to accept the weight of the rider on his back, and to stand still while the rider is mounting.
The first rides - when the colt is ready, he will begin to work under saddle. Chase usually starts young horses in a bosal before progressing to a bit. The colt learns to move forwards willingly, to turn, to back up, and, importantly, how to stop! He is encouraged to try, and to work through the "wrong" answers.
Further training - if the colt stays in training with Chase long enough, he learns to soften through his neck and spine, and to carry and collect himself. He learns to flex through his whole body. He is taught to be light and responsive to the rider's cues. He learns to move his shoulder and his hip. He will be exposed to trails, obstacles, ropes, gates and other common experiences that he may come across in his future career with you.
If you would like the training to focus on a particular skill or discipline, please discuss this with Chase at your assessment session.