Aug 30 2016
breaking a horse

Colt Starting, Backing a Baby or Breaking a horse

Call it how you see it, Safe Horse Training uses a client – approved, time-tested method.

Back in the day, and sometimes still in Hollywood movies we see the rugged cowboy astride a fire breathing bucking bronco inside a 60′ corral. We admit and forewarn, this method of breaking a horse is still sometimes used out there.  Out there… but not here at Safe Horse Training.  There are still many “horse- trainers” that simply don’t take the time to prep the horse’s mind, form a relationship that is built of trust and leadership and help him adjust to a world that he has never before experienced.

Within the different disciplines and times of the horse-world, different phrases have come about to explain the process of creating a saddle bound horse. Colt- starting, backing a baby and breaking a horse, are probably the most widely used. Call it what you want, but listen up.  Safe Horse Training puts foundations on horses that create braver more confident, smarter animals. Foundations are put there by way thoughtful preparation.  It may sound cliché, but preparation really is key to what some people consider “breaking a horse” or “backing a baby”.

There is no race to get into the saddle.  Joyce Lewis uses ground techniques that help the horse understand the physical language between himself and rider.  She is a natural teacher in the purest form, patient and direct, and repetitive when the horse needs it. She’s developed split-second response timing to reinforce positive behavior.  Horses have a natural rhythm that Joyce understands and an inclination to be herd-bound. Therefore, when a horse enters the Safe Horse Training Program, a methodical training syllabus is created that is unique to that horse’s needs and the riders wants.

Breaking a horse is just that. Broken.  A horse may be broken to ride, but does he clearly understand what is expected from him when a human is on his back and an energetic dog runs in his direction? Has he been conditioned over and over again to safely respond when a herd of horses runs by him or a car flies by and beeps the horn? Is he confident when you ask him to go through water, walk over a bridge, or pass bravely by a Pokemon that his buddies clearly see?

You can count on it, if he’s graduated from Safe Horse Training.  Preparation is key and there is no breaking a horse here, we are making them!

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