Starting Under Saddle (Colt Starting) Training, Retraining & Specializing in Troubled Problem Horses
From the first moment you introduce yourself to a horse, you are teaching him. Feel and timing are everything with a horse. This is true from the ground as well as from the saddle. The Horsemanship Institute approach focuses on presenting yourself to a horse in the best way that suits the horse – so you can help him to be confident, light, soft and responsive and to have a positive attitude. A horse needs to learn what it takes to be with us and around us in a positive and productive frame of mind and body.
- From the first saddling, to the first ride, colt starting is an ART!
Having your horse started under saddle should be an investment in his future. A solid foundation, based on mutual trust, respect, and communication, is absolutely necessary for every horse, no matter the breed, discipline, age or experience. Using the principles of “horsemanship”, your horse will get the best start possible, and will develop the best foundation possible. The Horsemanship Institute goal is to get the horse mentally right so that it can be physically right.
The more knowledge you have about a horse’s start, the more you’ll be able to help him along the way… and the more you know about the finish you want to put on a horse (his ultimate job – where you want to go with him once he’s a riding horse), the better you’ll be with giving him his start. What is developed here will be a secure, confident, willing partner.
- We commonly fix horses that have been started incorrectly so why not START with us FIRST!
The Horsemanship Institute refuses to compromise your horse’s dignity to get instant results. We will not use collar ropes, hobbles and blindfolds to achieve results.
We will achieve faster, longer-lasting results than most other “professional trainers” by creating an environment wherein the horse wants to learn and work with the human, rather than in spite of the human.
Paying less in the beginning is not allway’s the best solution to get a solid foundation it often creates more stress and further outlay down the track – we are not cheap but we will guarantee and provide the best probable outcome for you and your horses future.
The Horsemanship Institute proven method of building a foundation of self – confidence and understanding in the starting process makes it irrellevent where the future may lead, your horse will be prepared for any specialized discipline.
The Horsemanship Institute trainers Heath & Kellie Stewart have 25 years solid experience in this area – they are both clinicians travelling world teaching students the art of horsemanship and colt starting, so they encourage clients to be involved in their horses starting process, and as horsemanship clinicians have the ability and experience to teach you how to maintain the solid foundation and progressions into your chosen discipline.
- We offer a 12 month mentoring program with each horse that is started or reeducated with us both online and in the flesh.
What to expect when your horse is ready to come home!
- Walk, trot, canter in straight line and a balanced circle
- Stop softly and back up softly
- Be responsive to seat and leg aids
- Sidepass left and right
- Turn on forehand
- Turn on hindquarters
- Disengage hindquarters
- Back a circle
- Hold softness or collection at walk and trot
- Open and close a gate
- Crack a stock whip
- Swing a rope
- Trot over poles
- Jump over obstacles
- Walk over bridge
- Ride out into bush alone and in company
- Ride along roadways safely
- Accept noise and be ridden with a flag
- Your horse will be farrier freindly pick up feet with out resistance
- Ride through water and over obstacles
- Tie up solid
- Trailer load
And last of all be soft, willing and confident!