Young Horse Training

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Give Your Young Horse a Solid Start

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Six Strategies for Training Young Horses

Dressage Today blogger Jenna Arnold shares six strategies from her experiences training young horses in this first installment of a two-part article.

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Submission is the Goal at Every Level in Dressage

Johann Hinnemann welcomes Adequan USDF FEI-level Trainers Conference attendees to his inner circle.

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Should I Use Different Aids to Ride a Young Horse?

Sabine Ense answers this reader question.

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Hilda Gurney: First Level Movements with Young Horses

Learn how to begin schooling First Level movements with a 4-year-old.

Susanne Miesner rides this young horse at the trot--the gait at which most young horses can balance themselves most easily. | Photo by Thomas Lehman

Tips for Training the Young Dressage Horse with Susanne Miesner

A successful young-horse trainer offers training tips for working with young horses.

Credit: Courtesy, Hilltop Farm At Hilltop Farm in Colora, Maryland, newborn foals are handled immediately and wear a halter on the second day. Here, Quinnten Alston, the stallion and breed-show handler at Hilltop, leads a mare and foal.

Preparing the Young Dressage Horse for Success, Part 2

Experts continue to gain the trust of a young dressage horse through relaxation and respect.

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst - arnd.nl The critical “kindergarten years,” from six months to 3 years, can determine how a horse will behave for the rest of his life. “With thoughtful and systematic training long before they are ridden, we can instill a desire to work with us and understand our requests,” says Canadian Grand Prix dressage rider Shannon Dueck.

Preparing the Young Dressage Horse for Success, Part 1

Experts discuss the weanling-to-3-year-old stage

Credit: Courtesy of Trafalgar Square Books Grooming begins at a very young age and is often enjoyed by a foal. A foal will often begin to nibble the person brushing him in return as a sign of grateful thanks. Should he bite, however, it is best to push him away or reprimand him with the voice in a sharp manner such as “leave it!”

A Lesson in Handling Young Horses with Ingrid Klimke

In this book excerpt, Ingrid Klimke explains her theories on handling young horses.

Credit: Silke Rottermann Monica Theodorescu holds her 24-year-old broodmare, Renaissance (right), and first foal, Tattoo.

Monica Theodorescu: From Foals to Grand Prix

Germany’s national coach describes her journey to breed her own Grand Prix horses.