TIPS: Young horse training
During first lessons I don’t push a young horse in the »right« frame, but I just help him to relax and adjust the speed. When it happens that he puts/carries himself in a good frame/shape, I praise him with my voice. From time to time I start to introduce half-halts with the longeline, to invite him more often in a right frame. The most times that I apply the half-halt, he will not respond with yielding to the pressure, but no problem. He still doesn’t know what it means. I don’t increase the pressure, never! It will come by the time, we spend together.
Now, he’s not strong enough to carry himself in a good frame for a long time. And in nature he wouldn’t need it, but if we would like him to move with a rider in balance over a jump or to do canter changes or piaffe and carry riders for many years maintaining him healthy and happy, then he has to learn it at the very beginning. These are good foundations for his whole life.
P.S.: Don’t mind the muddy stains, he’s young and eager to go, thus he can’t stand still for a long time during the brushing. But that’s not a problem at all, we have plenty of time to learn this lesson.
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