TOP 10 TIPS FOR SUC­CESS­FUL BREAK­ING

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It doesn’t mat­ter at what age you break in your horse, the fun­da­men­tals are the same: 1 En­list the help of a pro­fes­sional per­son if you are in­ex­pe­ri­enced in the back­ing process. 2 Han­dle the horse as much as pos­si­ble in the lead up to back­ing. 3 Get the horse used to the lunge be­fore you back him. 4 Get him used to the equip­ment you will be us­ing — sad­dle pad, sad­dle, bri­dle, etc, slowly. 5 Be pre­pared to be flex­i­ble in your ap­proach, al­ways en­sur­ing that the horse is com­fort­able with the ex­pe­ri­ence. 6 Never try to break in a horse alone. Arm your­self with a knowl­edge­able han­dler to lead him around or leg you up. 7 If the horse is spooky or stressed, don’t get on. Wait un­til an­other day. Safety is para­mount and for this rea­son al­ways wear a rid­ing hat and body pro­tec­tor. 8 Once the horse is calm and fo­cused on you, gently lean over his sad­dle. 9 Again, as long as he is calm, put your leg over the sad­dle and sit up slowly. 10 Pa­tience, time and a sen­si­tive ap­proach are the keys to suc­cess­ful back­ing.

Spend as much time as you can han­dling your horse first

In­tro­duce ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing sad­dle, bri­dle and boots, slowly — and let the horse be­come ac­cus­tomed to them on the lunge

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