Training horses

Now all the pressing tasks of summer are done and the horses have woken up from summer stupor and we’ve gotten over 90F days, we are seriously working on training them. Tosca is really easy, all the basic work we did when she was a yearling has stuck and she responds very well.

Samson, who I tend to still see as our little doofus, though he is already over 17 hands, learns remarkably fast. I spend a good deal of time with him in the round pen reinforcing voice commands and he is doing extremely well.

Today we spent almost a hour trying to figure out how to fit him with a driving harness (the instructions sucked) and he was so patient, just stood there hoovering up leaves. He did get a bit spooked when we led him out with the driving bridle which has blinders, but after about 15 minutes he was settling down. He is doing very well ground driving, listening to me and responding to voice commands. This is a good thing as he is going to be huge horse, and having him under control will be essential!

Here I am working him in the round pen and you can see him listening to me, which is a great step forward. For the most part…. Work in progress!

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