Stirrup Driving Your Young Horse

Teach your colt to accept the feel of a saddle in motion to avoid getting bucked off later.


One of the best ways to familiarize your young horse to the feel of the saddle–before you swing into it–is with stirrup driving and flapping. In this lesson, you’ll drive your saddled colt around you in a circle at a trot, using pressure from the stirrup to make his feet move forward. You’ll also flap the stirrup fenders and slap the saddle’s seat so he can learn to relax and get comfortable with all sorts of saddle movement and noise.



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