Professional Trainer Troy Green Shares his Tips for Starting Young Horses: Giving to Pressure
By Professional Trainer Troy Green, reprinted from May Show Horse Today magazine
Giving to pressure is horse training 101, and one of the first and most basic things that we teach our horses. As important as it is, this step is often missed and not only does it become a training issue, but a safety issue.
Why tie? I have rubber ties in all my stalls for when my horses are saddled waiting to work, or cooling down after they have finished working. We recently hosted a mini-clinic/demonstration night for a local horseman’s association and a woman walked in and saw one of the demo horses saddled and tied in their stall. “Why is that one tied up? Is he being punished?” was the question I had to answer. We tie for many reasons. At this particular point in time, the horse was groomed and saddled waiting to be ridden for the demonstration. This is no different from waiting to show. Often we can’t be given a guaranteed time that we show, and the horses must learn to stand tied patiently. If they rolled or laid down with the saddle on as a result of being loose in their stall, they could damage the saddle and hurt themselves.
After I work my horses they all stay tied up for a period of time. The minimum time they remain tied is long enough to cool off before drinking or eating. We always walk our horses out after a workout until their breathing is normal; however in the winter months, especially if they grow a winter coat, they can remain wet for up to an hour after a workout. It’s not feasible or logical to walk your horse until they are completely dry. Temperature and breathing are the main concerns. We’ll often put a cooler on our horses and let them dry and then return to brush, blanket etc.
To read more about how Troy safely prepares his youngsters, including tying around, why to cross tie, and other ways to make your transition to under saddle smoother, check out the rest of the article here!
Troy Green is a firm believer in the importance of a good foundation for every horse with balance, rhythm, and self-carriage being key. A good foundation equals longevity in the show pen. Troy has won over two dozen All American Quarter Horse Congress Championships in western pleasure, versatility, reining, halter and western riding, and has coached clients to over 50 Congress championships. Troy has three AQHA World Championships and two National Championships under his belt, and has won at all major futurities. He spent three years on the national board of the NSBA.
Troy Green has an extensive background working with youth and amateurs at all levels and of various disciplines. He specializes in pleasure futurity and all around horses.
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