The word “Break” is such a rough word and although might entice you, but I assure you that this post will diminish all worry for this act. Let's work on groundbreaking with your horse as I explain this step-by-step.
- First establish a great bond with your horse by spending time with your horse, doing as many activities, tricks, and ground work with him or her.
- Establish safe practices with your horse. Try standing next to the horse on its left side aligning yourself with his ears; remember they can’t see at their nose so try to stay in sight. Talk to your horse when out of site or when working with them. Award for correct activities.
- Take it one step at a time because this is hard work and may startle your horse. Start by putting on the halter slowly and leading them around a round pen or field. Try to start off in a field if you can and then work towards a round pen. Try not to leave the halter on for excessively long periods of time. I'd appreciate if you'd let me know in the comments if you would like a halter breaking description!
- Never be aggressive with your horse as it will only result in it fearing you. This will also break a bond between you and you don’t need a terrified horse on your hands.
- Work on longeing and make sure you understand the concept of longeing.
- Apply pressure to their withers and make sure they understand the concept of when you apply pressure, they are supposed to move in the direction you are pushing. Make sure not to push too hard; only use minimal pressure to get your point across.
- The last step would be to teach your horse to respect your space. Take the lead that is attached to the halter and run in circles with a slight amount of rope between the two of you. Make sure he stays out of your space when you run by, keeping a good foot between you two.
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