Robin, a 14hh Palomino Mare who is on the yard to be broken.
With Robin, she’s very intelligent but also naturally spooky. She can embrace some things with a level head but her natural way is to shy away. When I got Robin at first, it was important to be able to build trust with her. Building trust made her feel safe and in turn, she looked at me for comfort when she was unsure rather than embracing her natural instinct and running away.
Every step of the breaking process should set in stone that the horse is both happy and comfortable during each phase. Breaking a horse is our chance to establish work ethic and a bond with the horse. In breaking a horse, we are teaching the language of communication through the voice and aids. It’s important to keep the horse as happy as possible in each phase and not dramatise any issues that may occur. Like children, horses will remember the negatives and if we allow negatives to be established in our work.
In the breaking process we should be able to refer to the German Training Scale and teach the horse according to that. Rhythm, relaxation and contact.
Robin is currently still in the process of being broken to ride. It is important to note that neither myself nor the owner wish to see the process rushed. This is a horse who is sensitive. Each step of the way she is comfortable and happy before moving to the next. In doing so, we minimise the risk of bucking and tension in the following steps.
We don’t have to expect horses to buck and plunge through this process. It can happen without that behaviour. Robin, a 14hh Palomino Mare hasn’t tried it at all.
As you’ll see with Robin, time is the key.