How To Start Colts With A
Hackamore (bosal) & Snaffle Bit
Ground work, good manners & establishing a solid foundation of training.
The safest, easiest and best way I know to get colts started right.
Hi… I’m Larry Trocha.
Would you like to learn how to start colts in a “safe as possible”, “non traumatic” way?
If so, you’re in luck!
In this DVD series, I start a 2-year old buckskin filly using a braided hackamore (bosal) and a standard o-ring, snaffle bit.
Plus, I do it in a way that is pretty much “stress free” for both horse and trainer.
In “real time” you’ll see all the preliminary ground work… all the basic training of teaching the filly to move forward, turn, stop and back up with both the hackamore and snaffle bit.
You’ll see how I teach the filly to be light and supple… move her hindquarters off leg pressure… respond to the direct and in-direct rein… plus flex at the poll with good head position.
The advantage of seeing the training happen in real-time is it gives you a good reference to gauge the progress and what methods it took to get there.
Overall, the DVD covers a time span equivalent to about one month of training sessions. And each session averaging around 20 minutes in length. Some sessions longer. Some shorter.
The important thing is you see everything just how it happened. Starting at the beginning and going all the way through the 8th ride.
Here’s an outline of the progressive steps:
- The sack-out and gentling process (ropes, flags, blanket and stick).
- Teach the filly to respond and move her shoulders, ribcage and hips away from pressure.
- Teaching the filly to work on the lunge line correctly.
- Advanced lunge line techniques.
- Introducing the saddle without having a wreck.
- Establishing control with the hackamore. (I can’t stress enough the importance of this step)
- A careful introduction to the snaffle bit. (Pay attention here. Do this wrong and you could have mouth issues for a long time)
- Pre-ride ground work with the snaffle.
- Special pre-ride preparation. (How to stay out of trouble)
- Making a successful first ride.
- Suppling the filly laterally and establishing lightness.
- Teaching the filly to give to my hands, flex at the poll and drop off the bit.
- Teaching the filly to move her hindquarters away from leg pressure.
- Teaching to walk, trot and lope quiet and relaxed.
- Training technique for picking up the correct lead.
- Teaching the preliminary stages for collection and traveling “in-frame”.
- Teaching the filly to back up (you’ll learn 4 different methods)
- Re-introducing the hackamore and continuing the foundation training.
At this point, the filly is going well and I’m riding her in the big outdoor arena.
She will walk, trot, lope… stop and back up.
She’s light and will drop her nose and flex at the poll in both the snaffle bit and hackamore.
From here, it was just a matter of riding her consistently and letting her progress at her own pace.
You’ll pretty much see everything exactly as it happened.
About the only thing I didn’t show on camera was I spent the first week just petting and brushing the filly so she would settle in and get to know me.
The filly went on to become a really good horse.
BONUS SECTION #1:
The absolute “safest” way I know to make those first several rides.
Follow this recommendation and you’ll greatly reduce the chances of getting bucked off, having a wreck or getting hurt.
Plus… It’ll help your colt feel confident that everything is okay and there’s nothing to fear about being ridden.
Seriously… Now that I’m older (and hopefully wiser), I wouldn’t consider starting a colt any other way.
BONUS SECTION #2:
The “safest” way I know to train a horse to hobbles and leg restraints.
To my way of thinking, hobble training is good to do. It teaches a horse three important lessons.
#1. Hobble training teaches a horse to stand still if he gets his leg caught in the fence (versus fighting and seriously injuring himself).
#2. Hobbling teaches a horse to “respect” people and understand the human is in control.
#3. Hobble training also makes a horse better to doctor and shoe.
Unfortunately, the big “down-side” to hobble training is the horse may panic and get seriously injured during the initial lesson.
I’ve seen horses fight that first hobbling so hard, their legs got really banged-up and stayed swollen for days.
The good news is… it doesn’t have to be that way.
The hobbling techniques I demonstrate in this bonus section are so safe that very few horses will ever get hurt.
Most won’t even get their hair ruffled.
Overall, I highly recommend this DVD series to anyone who starts colts.
I truly believe this is a great way to get the job done.
Colt Starting DVD: 3-Disc Set