Friday, November 29, 2013

Top Tips When Breaking Your Horse

{I am pleased to bring you another guest post today.  This post from Ekta Mair explores some key points when setting out to start your horse under saddle.}

When it comes to your horse, the earlier they are trained and can understand who’s in charge, which in turn means they obey your command, the better – which is why it is essential to break your horse in as soon as possible.

  Why Start Early?

Your horse needs to be tolerant when they are being handled, transported or tied up, as if you let these things slide early on, they will be more difficult to manage. From an early age they will need to be treated by a vet or handled by the farrier, which can prove to be a problem if they are not broken into. The longer you leave it, the harder it may be, and by starting early you can get them ready for their future in work. That’s not to say however that if they are a bit older you won’t be able to break them.

  Where To Start

No matter what age your horse is they should be first worked on the lunge as they need to acquire the balance and rhythm as well as voice training. You should fit the basic tack, which includes some loose side reins, which will help them with accepting the reign contact into their mouth.

You should start to see some overall compliance and improvements in their balance when changing direction as time goes on. As their confidence grows you should walk them through the town so they can get use to roads and traffic and won’t be as scared when they take on a rider.


Once your horse has learnt all of the skills of obedience, balance, direction and commands it is time for your horse to accept a rider. Remember if you started breaking in your horse extremely early you may have to wait until the horse is a little older for you to do this as they may not have matured enough and their bodies are still developing.

A rope halter is a great way for backing as it helps to gain their attention. You can make them walk and trot as well as stand quietly from your body movements, you should try attempting different directions to check they understand what it is you are trying to teach them.

You should continue this training on a regular basis but you will now find that the earlier issues that you may have encountered with your horse or foal before they were broken in are now relative non-existent. Once they know they cannot get away with anything and that you are in charge, everything will run a lot smoother. 

 This Post was written by Ekta Mair who although had done a lot of research on breaking in a horse, decided the help of a professional would be best, which is why she contacted Instinctive Horse Training.

{Thank you Ekta for sharing your thoughts on starting young horses, and Instinctive Horse Training.}


  1. Good tips on one of my favorite subjects :)

  2. I'm thinking it takes way more to train a horse vs a dog. But it looks like a labor of love!

  3. I love that when you get them when they are little, you can expose them to so much so the element of things being scary isn't really there cause you can get so much done before backing them!


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