Most clinicians offer a program on COLT STARTING. Because we had horses that were between 6 and 10 years old, who had been ridden, we didn`t feel any need for these programs. Because these programs were offered in package deals we acquired a few and started to look at them. We found a lot of information that was very useful when introducing natural techniques to experienced horses who had been traditionally trained.
If you are just starting to use natural methods or even if you are already using these methods but haven`t looked at colt starting techniques, I would strongly suggest that you take a look at them. These programs give you a window into the world of natural horsemanship that has no dirt on it. The characteristics of the horse are unaltered and the clinician is dealing with a clean slate. You will see an exagerated version of the steps you will need to take with your horse. Believe me, you will see things that you have never thought about before. It is thinking outside the box of all boxes.
To really take advantage of this new avenue into the world of natural horsemanship take a look at the colt starting competitions. They are held all over North America. The best of them all, in my opinion, is ROAD TO THE HORSE. This will be their ninth year of competition. This event specializes in the area of NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP. It features the best clinicians in the world, starting some of the finest, well bred colts most of us will ever have the opportunity of seeing. The event is published on dvd sets that are the best educational tools you can ever own. Tootie Bland and her husband Stephen started this event, Rick Lamb the official host, and the judges are all outstanding experts in the field of natural horsemanship. If you spend the time watching these event dvds you will learn more so much about the nature of the horse human connection it will change the life you have with your horse beyond anything you can imagine.
Colt starting is something every horse lover should know about even if you never own a colt. ROAD TO THE HORSE is an event that every person interested in the natural methods of horse training should take advantage of.