|Starting a 3 year old filly
Colorado 3 year old TWH Filly , Orthoflex saddle, round pen and trails. Experienced rider
Question: I have a three year old filly and I am going to start her from scratch. I know the basic ground work techniques to get her up to saddling. I have no clue as to what type of bit to start her in and the techniques to get her going in gait. I have been told by the people that I got her from to just get on her and hold her head up. Put her up into the bit and keep my legs on her. Never let her trot or canter until she is set in her gait. This sounds strange to me. I would appreciate some advise so I can get her started right.
From Panelists Christine
I think a young horse needs to really understand going forward, stopping
To encourage your horse to gait well I would take it out on the trail
Good luck with your new horse.
From Panelists Nancy
If you really want to develop this filly into a horse that you can enjoy, you will want to start her in a proper manner as you would any other horse, by supplying her and teaching her - and not just by getting on and riding her. I use a plain snaffle to start my horses and teach them to accept and give to the bit. You will want to teach her what your legs are telling her (in combination with your hands) - to move forward with both legs, to move away from pressure, to increase impulsion or just move faster, or perhaps to canter on one lead or the other, or perhaps to just move the hindquarters.
It would be best if you don't allow her to trot or pace, if she is inclined to do either. She doesn't have to be punished for it, just stop her from doing it. Develop a nice swinging walk and then keep asking for more. When she starts to gait, let her know she is doing what you wish. Don't try to set speed records, but continue working on improving what you have. You will probably find that she holds a better gait if you have some contact with her mouth to steady and direct her (or correct her). Close your legs on her and push with your seat to encourage her to move on. She's a TW and she will walk on for you and gait - but she's also a horse and needs to be educated like any other horse to be a safe and enjoyable ride and to be your companion on the trails.
From Panelists Laura
Sounds like you will be doing your ground driving and "filly starting
By green broke, I assume you will have her quietly carrying a snaffle
If she paces, you can put a keg shoe on her front feet and leave the
If she trots, you can leave the fronts bare and put a keg shoe on her
You will want to start teaching her to collect - round her body and
You don't want to "hold her up with your hands." You will both
do better if
When you are riding her, every time you feel a smooth gait, even if