It’s time to get out those backpacks and grab an apple for the teacher! Back-to-school time is not just for the kiddos here in Ocala. It’s time for our young horses to get into their training, too. We spent some time in Kentucky this summer, and we’re going back for Keeneland soon, so these new recruits are getting here just in time to learn the ropes. We do things a little differently here at horseOlogy by learning what makes each horse learn best and tailoring their experience. And don’t worry; we give them plenty of recess to recharge. Here’s what you should know about life on the farm for the young horses.
Getting to Know Them
Our breaking and training process starts at the beginning. When a young horse arrives at horseOlogy, we start slow and ensure that each horse gets used to the daily schedule: Turning in and out, bathing, grooming, walking on the eurociser. Once a horse is settled into the program, we can introduce tack and a rider. This all begins slowly in the stall before we move to the large round pen and begin building trust by introducing commands, manners, steering, and brakes. We learn the language of each baby and let them lead us to the right ways to understand.
Getting a Leg Up
Once we get to know them, we will introduce a rider. We build off the established trust and teach the horse to move forward from the leg. When each horse successfully understands, we transition to a large grass field where the horse can try out their new skill set.
Enjoying Their Time
There are several stages to becoming a racehorse. Once our equine students are freely galloping in hand in the field, we transition to the race track. Once they’re on the racetrack, we introduce the subsequent building blocks into their future as a racehorse, which includes walking through the starting gate, galloping down the stretch, and changing leads.
A Small Classroom
We don’t take on a lot of students. horseOlogy ensures that every horse gets a hands-on learning experience. Each equine student experiences one-on-one with Jena and Katie, where they provide the expertise and careful attention to detail to support the optimal experience at the sale or on the track.
We want to maintain a program that allows us to spend significant time with each horse daily. horseOlogy works with each horse and owner to establish short- and long-term goals to set every horse up for the best possible success.
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