May 1 2017
Cole AQHA Horse in Training

 Safe Horse Training Sale Prospect

Meet “Cole”

Poco Negro Jack, aka “Cole” is an adorable solid black 3 yr old 14.3 hh American Quarter Horse Gelding in the Safe Horse Training Program.

Cole started under saddle with Joyce in late May  of 2016. After his foundational training with Joyce, he will further his hunter /jumper training with horse trainer Jessica Thaxton of High Point Farms.

Watch this cute pony transition as he becomes suitable for and accustomed to going off-site to shows, trails and with bathing, clipping and trailering.

Fall / Winter 2016 Update

So, What’s Cole been up to since he was started under saddle, Summer, 2016

Poco Negro Jack, a registered three-year-old AQHA gelding, aka “Cole” was started in the Safe Horse Training Program early summer, 2016. Cole was extremely easy to start. He’s smart, willing, eager and kind. After ninety days of training and putting less than 60 rides on my little solid black gelding, he was sent north to a trusted friend, to put some trail miles under his feet while his withers are catching up with his hind end.

Since trail riding was going to be his primary job in North Carolina, Cole was hot shod. He’d never experienced the smell or sight of the smoke generated from hot shoeing, but he stood quietly for the farrier, never offering an objection to the process.

His first month, he spent most of his time on the trails alone with his rider. The report came back to me, after the first two weeks that Cole is honest.  His stable mate was running, nickering and kicking up as Cole left sight to ride out on the trails, not once did Cole respond, he stayed “with” his rider, obeying her cues and commands. Bombarded by those horrible huge black horse flies and even spying a coyote on the trail, Cole stayed true to his leader in the saddle. He did get a little “looky” as a deer and bunny jumped out of the woods, but no spook or shy. He was a little hesitant about the first encounter with mud puddles, but after the third puddle, he was walking through the mud as if it did not exist. Cole is very sure footed and careful.

When the opportunity came to ride with a group of horses his rider tested him by making him ride in front, middle and last, Cole was absolutely perfect.  Crossed some tough banks and water crossings. He was introduced to the Red Mountain Hounds, a total non-event for this seemingly old soul. During this trail ride, Cole maneuvered a drop bank into a creek with a slippery, sharp bank on the other side that he had to climb out. There were lots of very steep, long up and down trails, plus some huge open fields on this group ride. I was ecstatic to receive a report back that Cole handled all of the commotion of the other horses and the hounds like a pro. He is very careful carrying his rider, doesn’t worry about all the other horses and never showed any signs of being buddy sour and never got rushy.

Recently, Cole went for another group ride where he encountered bikes whizzing by from the front and back, hikers with huge, tall backpacks passing by. It was a lot for him to take in and he was fabulous. There was a nice wide creek that he got to just stand in and get a nice cool drink of water, a big testimony to just how relaxed he was in a crazy setting. There were babies in strollers, a bridge above him with traffic passing back and forth.

The next weekend, Cole walked over many different kinds of bridges, through two different tunnels multiple times with cars driving overhead, encountered groups of horses going every which way, met a couple of young mules attached to a very interesting cart.

This Safe Horse Training up and coming rock star handled all of the varied environment as a brave, confident horse. I am a firm believer in starting my colts as young as possible with ground work, even my weanlings and yearlings. Exposure to life, understanding the human is the leader, respecting the human’s personal space, and getting the youngster to move forward when asked, builds a strong, solid foundation for me to work with under saddle. In fact, I’d almost go as far to say, the under saddle part is almost a non-issue as evidenced by Cole’s behavior.

Cole will spend the winter in North Carolina, getting more experience and miles under his feet. Spring, 2017 he will return to Safe Horse Training at High Point Farm in Watkinsville, Georgia as a 4-year-old to start his career in the hunter discipline.

Video below taken late June, 2016

Video Below: Learning to move forward at the canter. No steering, one rein stop established in previous lesson. Today’s lesson is about maintaining gait with cadence until asked to do something else, like walk, trot or stop. Teaches the colt responsibility to the cue early in his training.

April 2016


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