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Breaking in Horses...

 Throughout the year, Arabian Future offers professional breaking in under the saddle for your horse!

 

    Rider Abigail, Z-Jumping + M2 Dressage  

 

Traditionally, wintertime is the season to get horses used to being ridden, in other words, to break them in. Without the distraction of rain or wind, , the horse will get all the time he needs in our indoor riding hall to get used to all the new things he is about to experience. We also need a period of at least a month to train and prepare the horse for shows, because we like to take our time and establish a good relationship with the horse before taking the next step. 

We begin with groundwork, lungeing and teaching it vocal commands, and at the same time getting it acquainted with the bridle using a simple jointed or double jointed bit. When the horse has accepted the bit and found its balance working on the long line, we place a saddlecloth and roller on its back. When the horse is used to the feeling of the roller and having 'something' on its back, the next step is to put the saddle on, which will give the horse the impression of weight and pressure. 

When the horse is absolutely at ease with bridle and saddle, it's time for the 'real thing', mounting, which is done with great care and always in twos. At this stage it is really important that the horse is not frightened by anything, otherwise it will associate the act of mounting with these fears. One person holds the horse gently but firmly by the bridle, while the second calmly puts their leg over its back. As soon as the horse is used to the weight and to having someone sitting on its back and moving when he too is moving, the person on the ground will walk the horse, keeping hold of the lunge. Eventually the horse will be commanded to trot and canter, whilst still held to the lunge. After a couple of days exercising like this, it is time to let rider and horse do the work-out by themselves. Thanks to the Arab's intelligence and friendly disposition, it does not usually take long before the horse is completely at ease with its new career.

We like to train the horse until we are sure that it knows all the basics. What is more, we strongly recommend that the owner rides the horse a couple of times in the surroundings that are by now familiar to it. As we know the horse and its reactions to the various commands, we can help owner and horse to get to know each other before going home. After all, this is the start of what is to become a longstanding and friendly collaboration between horse and owner, which should bring joy and pleasure to both of them. We just want to be sure that we have given it the best and most horse-friendly start possible.  

Abigail & Team