Social media star This Esme has had her gorgeous new horse, Joey, for a few months now, andwe’re sure you’re keen to find out how they’re getting on! Here’s a sneak peak at what they’ve been working on in the school, plus a few tips from Esme on how to get the best out of a young horse.
Joey has just turned six years old and had only done some basic training before Esme got him, so he’s got loads to learn! With a young horse it’s really important to make schooling sessions fun and interesting, and to be super-clear with your aids so he understands what he’s being asked to do. Esme also makes sure she keeps sessions short and sweet, so Joey doesn’t get too tired. He’ll be able to do a little more as he gets stronger and fitter.
Transitions are important for any horse, but they’re really useful for young horses like Joey. Working through the paces teaches him to respond to Esme’s aids and it’s helping improve his balance, too.
Like most young horses, Joey finds it much easier to learn new things if they’re broken down into small, easy steps. To build and keep his confidence, it’s super-important not to rush him, and Esme always gives him loads of praise when he’s done the right thing. Even cantering a 20m circle was tricky for Joey at first. He found it hard work and Esme says he was a bit like Bambi on ice because he didn’t know what to do with his legs! So, to start with, she just asked him for a few strides of canter at a time and brought him back to trot before he lost his balance. Over time, they’ve built up to cantering all the way round the circle!
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