Before I even put together a training plan, I first take a session to evaluate each horse from the ground so that I can get a better idea about what they might already know and what might trigger naughty behavior. How can I prepare a successful training plan if I don't first take the time to understand the horse's baseline?
My main areas of evaluation include:
- Grooming - patience and areas of sensitivity
- Forward, Halt and Back - reaction to halter pressure
- Yielding haunches, shoulders and barrel - reaction to lateral pressure
- Suppleness - reaction to stretching side to side
Here is a summary video of my overall approach to Judge Julie's evaluation
And here is the full length video of my evaluation with Judge Julie.
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By Kyle Rothfus
This blog is dedicated to providing insight about OTTB re-training, Thoroughbred pedigrees and general equine care. You can also track the progress of horses I have for sale through posts here.