It’s been a year or better since we’ve had a Colt Cam Post. And not even because I haven’t put any first rides on horses, because I certainly have, but in case you’ve not noticed I’m a big time slacker in the blogging department lately.
But, I’ve made a couple videos of some recent rides on a colt, so I thought I’d share these, but first — here’s a quick little clip of some things we do to get our colts ready to be bridled the first time. Of course we need them to be good with having their faces rubbed and we need to be able to touch their mouths – but getting them ready to take the bit can get a “bit” tricky.
The colt below is a 6yo stallion, DX Nutter Butter. When he was about 3 days old, he left his mama in a big-wide open pasture, came over to me, and let me rub his chest. I started him the summer of his 2yo year, putting about 3-4 rides on him that week, and then turned him out for two years. He has been ridden on and off since then. When I cracked him out the past couple weeks, his ride count was at 12. We are now approaching the 30 ride mark. He’s awful cool, and I really really hope I can continue to do right by him. Comfortable doesn’t begin to explain his gaits. He’s also soft, eager and obscenely athletic.
Now, let’s get to the meat and potatoes of this post: how to get your horse ready to bridle.
I sure hope the tip above helps you. Please let me know if you have any questions. You know I’ll help you out if I can!