Our philosophy on developing our horses is slow & easy, we prefer to start them young with pasture riding , trailing cattle & then wait for them to grow before adding anything physically stressful. We start everything in a bosal & later add a bit. Curt & I both agree it helps keep their mouth soft and light. Curt likes to ride in a bosal and continues to ride even his favorite older horses during calving in one if they are still responding well to it.
All our colts are hobble broke , scotch hobbled, bathed, sacked out, & then thoroughly ground worked by Anne before we start riding them in the round pen. How long they are worked in the round pen depends on the colt. Some are out in a couple days, others stay in quite a while. The day they leave the round pen we try put them behind cattle
Curt grew up ranching & starting his own ranch horses. His best horses over the years have always been the ones he started himself as colts. He is at his best putting miles on them pasture riding and claims the only way he can train a horse is "if they are looking at a cow through a bridle." Curt has a passion for working cattle horseback.
I myself, (Anne), enjoyed starting colts with my brother as a business when I was younger & because we lived in ranch country/trained for ranchers, we soon were able to offer horses we had owned for awhile as ranch mounts that everyone in the family could enjoy. I have always wanted my horses to want to be with me & am always looking for the better ways to show them what riders are expecting of them . Both Curt & I want our horses to have strong confidence in us.
An early start is needed if you ride the four miles over to the neighbors to work cattle rather than trailer the horses.
Double duty; good ground work lesson in the beginning, & then a way to cool down after a hot ride.
Wet saddle blankets & miles & miles of riding behind cattle & in rough country make for good horses.
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