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‘Ask with lightness, encourage without forcing, correct with softness’
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30, 60, 90 Days Training

The following are merely guidelines for all horses are different because of; their natural survival instincts they are born with, age, personalities, temperaments, breeding, handling and prior to training!  All affect the outcome of each training session and the outcome of the total time period allotted for training. As the owner of your horse, it is your responsibility to communicate with the trainer if you have specific training goals and expectations for your horse. Your trainer should also let you know by the end of the first 30 days if your horse is going to be safe, sound and a good fit for your riding needs.  An evaluation, horse specific training plan and communication are priorities.

Many people are in a hurry to ride the "Green" horse.  Some riders think that they can gain more control from the horse when mounted.  Most times this is a fallacy.  If the horse does not have it in his mind that we are in control when you are on the ground, he will not necessarily think that you are in control when you are on his back.  Although you can train your horse something new from his back, it should be from a progression of exercises or skills that he is familiar with and understands because he as a solid Foundation of Ground Training.  We put ourselves and/or our horse in a dangerous or compromising situation or end up in a wreck because we did not take the time to train the horse from the ground first.  To avoid this as much as possible, I will do a great deal of bridle work from the ground first, along with essential ground lessons to get the horse prepared for riding.  Although it is the desire of most, if not all, a common area of concern is that not enough time is spent on the necessary exercises or skills in order for the horse to really learn and understand what we are asking it to do.  Establishing a sold foundation should become a priority. Why?  For our and our horses SAFETY!

Basic Level 1 - Softening the horse30 Day Horse = 24 rides = 24+ hours of work:

First two weeks or more  Foundation of Ground Training – Gaining Respect & Control:

1)       Ground work – Halter training, Handling & Manners

2)       Desensitizing and Sensitizing work

3)       Lunging for Respect

4)       Teaching the Go Button

5)       Cues for Walk, trot, lope

6)       Lateral and Vertical Flexion

7)       Yield hindquarters and forequarters

8)       Saddling and bridling

9)       Feet work, possibly shod

2.        By the end of the 1st month:

1)       Standing calmly for Mounting and dismounting from ground/mounting block

2)       Foundation Stop and backup with softness

3)       Cues for Walk, trot, lope on a loose rein

4)       Standing calmly on a loose rein

5)       Lateral and Vertical Flexion

6)       One rein stops

7)       Teaching Steering using two reins

8)       Guiding and Turning on a bend in large circles

9)       Lateral bends and following its head around in circles

10)    Figure 8’s

11)    Gentle mild spirals in and out

12)    Lateral & vertical flexion

Intermediate Level 2 - Working the horse Emotionally, Mentally & Physically by moving its feet to get to its Brain- 60 Day Horse = 48 rides = 48+ hours of work.  

Continued improvement and mastering of the maneuvers worked on in the first 30 days: 

1)      Neck reining improved

2)       Turn on the forehand - Must yield hindquarters on the ground

3)       Controlling the Hind end – on a circle pushing the hind over & maintaining forward motion

4)       Walking & Trotting Circles on a bend

5)       Neck reining

6)       Speed Control – Straight lines & in circles teaching the horse to use its brain; mentally & physically

7)       Leg Yield

8)       Turn On Haunches – Must disengage forequarters on the ground

9)       Spiral Circles – Start of the spin

10)    Side Pass – Must side pass on the ground

11)    Rollbacks – along the fence

12)    Ties well

13)    Trailering 

14)    Riding in hills

15)    Crossing creeks and bridges

16)    Riding on trails

Advanced  Level 3 – Refining the horse90 Day Horse= 72 rides = 72+ hours of work.  

Continued improvement and mastering of the maneuvers worked on in the 30-60 days: 

1)       Turn Around

2)       Lead departure/lead change - Side Passing is a Prerequisite to Lead Changes

3)       Shoulder In

4)       Shoulder Out

5)       Haunches in

6)       Half Pass

7)       Spin

8)       Simple Lead departure

9)       Lead change at the walk and trot


1)       Other expectations you may have (communicate with your trainer such as; Bathing, clipping, accepting needles this work is introduced in the first thirty days. This does not mean that your horse will be mastering all or any of them by the end of the 30 days.

2)       After the training period ends, it is the owner’s responsibility to provide consistent riding to keep the horse fit and excelling at the mentioned maneuvers. These lists show areas that each horse could be worked on but total achievement will be based on your horse’s temperament and ability. Expect to lose about 20-30% of the responsiveness and quality you see when the trainer works your horse. The opportunity to ride your horse often is more important than your riding ability. Make the time and effort to protect your investment in training by continuing the horses education and to ride consistently by working on the above mentioned exercises and maneuvers.