Our breaking and training program is based on the classical system. We start our young horses slowly in the barn and on the longe line. We pay careful attention the balance between developing good manners in the young horse while still encouraging him to enjoy his work and handling. Longeing does make up a large part of our beginning training not only to accustom the horse to equipment, but also to teach the voice commands for walk, trot and canter. We do recognize that longeing for the over-sized youngster may be too taxing on them, and in these instances we loose school instead.
To allow the horse to develop and balance properly we do not stress work in any frame. Side reins are used to keep the horse straight on the circle, but they are fitted very long.
If all goes well in the first two weeks of handling and longeing, we will begin backing in the third week. Some horses, if they are uncomfortable with the equipment, take longer to get to this point. Backing is done in the arena with a rider and a handler.
Once the horse is backed we spend most of our time in walk and trot. The young horse needs to gradually develop the muscles required to carry a rider. Our focus is on going forwards, linking the rein and leg aids to the voice commands learned on the longe, and traveling straight. We often use the buddy system allowing the youngster to follow a more schooled horse.
If the horse is comfortable and is showing no unpredictable tendencies, we will head outside to the big ring. The long straight lines are the best conditioning tool for the young horse. He may start hacking out with his buddy. At this point we will introduce working alone as well.
We like to learn as much about the horse as possible to be able to pass this information on to the future rider. We make an effort to introduce him to as many new things as possible to judge his reaction.
Please be sure to have a program in place for the young horse when he goes home. The training that he gets will be wasted if he returns home to no work at all. Horses detrain a lot faster than they train!
Horses at the farm for a short time will not be fitted into group turn-out. Generally we arrange a turn-out buddy for your horse, and he would go out for about three hours per day. Please let us know of any difficulties you have had with turn-out. Some problem horses will be kept outside during the breaking process.
All youngsters coming to Fallowfield are required to have a current vaccination record. We must also have a record of the past three wormings. The teeth should be checked before sending him out to us, and the vet should be told that he will be starting bitting work. A written record of these treatments must be received by Fallowfield at least one week before the horse arrives. Please send your horse with the feet in good shape. A trim is a good idea about two weeks before he starts work. Be sure he is sound and healthy, and let Fallowfield staff know of any past injuries.
Please send the horse with a well-fitted bridle in good condition. All our babies start in a snaffle bit, so please provide a snaffle that fits your horse. If the bit does not seem to be the right one, we will contact you to replace it. The only other equipment required is a well-fitted halter, preferably leather, and any blankets or rugs he should wear.
Our Breaking Board rate is $920.00 per month. This includes board with three feeds per day, all grooming and handling, as well as arena work. GST is included. All fees are due on the first of the month.
Training Board is $720.00 per month. This includes board with three feeds per day, all grooming and handling, as well as arena work. GST is included. All fees are due on the first of the month.
Most horses can complete one month of Breaking Board and then move on to Training Board, but some require two months of Breaking Board. We cannot tell you this until we get to know the horse, and what his behaviours are. Please be prepared to keep your horse in Breaking Board for two months.
Please note that we reserve the right to send a horse home after a two-week period if the horse is dangerous or show signs of being unmanageable. Please let us know if there has been a problem with the horse in the past. Let us know if another trainer has refused to work with the horse. We need to know if the horse has ever done anything like rearing up and going over backwards, bolting, aggressive biting or kicking, panicking, etc. Young horses are dangerous and the more information we have the safer we will all be.