Starting Your Horse (With a Rider)
After building a good foundation on your horse with groundwork (*see bottom of page for references), your horse may be ready to carry a rider.
For a young horse, it takes a while for him to be able to move and carry a rider. He needs to get used to it; to build up his muscles. Take it easy at first. Make the sessions short and rewarding.
The following are some pictures of a young horse being started by David Lee Archer (website):
Haltering with a rope halter.
Ask your horse to move his hindquarters,
Lateral flexion, both sides.
Pick up the feet.
Lean on the horse.
Add more weight.
And a little more.
Be ready to go with the horse if he walks off.
Have a helper if necessary.
End on a good note!
* Foundation Training / GroundWork: