The first saddling is such a critical step in a young horse’s development. When correctly introduced, the horse will learn to accept something new on its back which will set him up for eventually accepting the rider. When done incorrectly the horse will learn to panic and get rid of whatever is on his back making the rest of the training difficult and dangerous. Generally when we get a young horse in to start we prefer that the owner had not previously attempted to saddle it. When starting a young horse we are laying the foundation for the rest of its life and we want to know exactly what foundation was laid. This will give our clients a better prospect for the future and give the horse a better chance at a positive life with humans.
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