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[RC] Starting young horses on the trail - sherman

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Paloma was started as a long 3 yr old when my daughter decided to hop on her bareback while I was out riding. Hmmm, no problems, so I saddled her and did a few short rides around our backyard, but she kept "pulling"  towards the road and wanting to go out there. Since she had a good stop, gave to light pressure and did what I asked, even though it was all new, after about 3 days of backyard riding, I let her go out on the road. Our roads are very quiet 95% of the time, 25mph limit and mostly have wide shoulders, so it wasn't dangerous, and she'd been ponied and walked "around the loop" many times. She was calm and curious about everything, sticking her nose in a garbage can lid to get a drink of rainwater, ignoring barking dogs and saying hi to people out walking. She didn't get much riding after the initial training because I was always conditioning older horses for 50 & 100 miles. She doesn't "backtrack" on her training either, I can leave her for 6 mos, go saddle her up and do a nice little ride, no lounging necessary. She's 6 now, only 13.2H, but maybe when I can't do 50s anymore I'll do some LDs with her. I did notice this year that in a big group she is a little better behaved than last year, with about 6 mos. of no riding in between. I think she's just more mature and secure with herself and her place amongst other horses.