Search This Blog

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Starting The Fillies...

Since one of my Farm Stay Apprentices from 2013, Taylor Dutton, was scheduled to return for a week this year I decided to take the opportunity to do some basic starting techniques for two of our fillies.
They are both about to turn 3 years, they are still a little down hill in their growth being a little higher in the rump than their front ends but all in all good to go. Their knees have closed nicely (ie: no big gaps between the bones) and it is my plan to proceed as they we did.

I'll only be posting a few photos here. I am saving most for a book I am working on... photo credits go to

Brandi M. Meyer Photography

 Trinity Red Star investigates the stripped down english style saddle. Light enough to put on and take off easily.
She'd gone around the pen one or two times in both directions, asked to stop and turn and connect. I don't round pen until the horse is tired or compliant or 'submissive' ... just enough to connect our minds.

 The lead rope mimics a girth with some pressure at a few locations from where a girth would sit all the way back to the flank.

 The 'flag' will show me any areas of concern. My goal is to have an aware horse without any ticklish spots...not a horse that is desensitized. 

 Trinity has worn her rain sheet from time to time all winter so placing the saddle pad is similar.

 The saddle is added....placed on, taken off several times from both left and right sides. My manner is matter of fact and 'as if' we've done this a million times. The girth is done up in a regular manner and we walk a few turns around the ring.

From time to time Trinity stopped and I  placed my hand under the girth to flood energy into the area to relieve any anxiety she was experiencing.. 

The book, probably in an e-book format, will have much more detail and explanation.

No comments:

Post a Comment