Friday, April 27, 2012

side project

Brantley is a 5yo QH owned by my friend. He lives at the same barn as Lucy does. He was supposedly trained under saddle before M bought him, but when she first went to get on him, he panicked out of nowhere, bolted, and bucked her off quite deliberately. The experience shook the confidence of horse and human, so she put four months of really solid groundwork into him. She was considering sending him out for training, but I offered to give it a shot.

Day 1:

On day 1 (Wednesday of this week), M warmed the horse up with the groundwork he's familiar with. The hardest part was getting on, because he was afraid of the mounting block, afraid of me standing on the mounting block, afraid of standing next to me standing on the mounting block, etc. We were calm and patient, but also very persistent, and we took things slowly but I had clear expectations of him.

While mounting and for the first few minutes under saddle, I asked Brantley to flex his head around. This prevented him from bolting, let him see me on him so he knew what was going on, and made his "space" a lot smaller than the big ring.

Day 2:

On Day 2, I expected him to be more tolerant of the mounting block, and also I expected him to be comfortable with me standing next to him. He's very smart and caught on quickly. We started off on the line and then M let us go. Our goal for the day was going w/t around the whole ring off the line.

This was M's first time riding her horse...we're not going to count the attempt that ended so badly a few months ago :D

Day 3:

On day 3, we quickly got past mounting and going w/t on the lunge line. We cantered in both directions with no issues. I asked M to set us free, and we went off and w/t/c'd around the whole ring.

Then M got on and here is the result:

So it has been a very happy week here at the barn!


  1. Awesome! He did seem to catch on really well!

  2. So has he been trained under saddle before? He looks like an old pro at times haha!!!

    You did a good job with him :)

  3. Go Kate! He's looking fabulous already:)

  4. M has a cute collection of hoodies. Her horse is super cute too.

    :p no wonder you guys are friends. Well done with the little guy.

  5. Great job, you guys! You can see how worried the poor guy was in the beginning, with that clenched tail. He is a smart guy.

  6. Well done - exactly what you are looking for in a newly backed horse. :)

  7. The last video is the best and Brantley is so cute under saddle! Time to hit the trails :)

  8. Congrats - patience and love solve all!

  9. What a very smart and sweet boy he is! He's lucky to have M as his Momma and you to help her along too. What nice support you guys have at your barn with each other.


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