New Tips to Halter Break Your Colt
- November 13, 2019
- Tiffany Schwenke
Recently, while working to halter break a colt, my dad decided to try something new. He decided to teach this one to lead with his mom in the round corral. My dad is 69 years old and been working with horses his entire life. He is a true horseman as he knows he is still always learning new things while working with horses.
We don’t normally have the mare in the round corral when we are working with a colt, but in this case he did it and it worked great!
The colt was so relaxed that he just let him slip the rope over his head. I believe that also shows what a willing and good minded colt this is!
When we teach a colt to lead we always “break to the hip.” Which means slide your hand down the colts side and push their hip over as you pull pressure on the rope around their neck. Every time they give a step you give them release. Then after a couple circles you switch directions. This is usually where they will have a little confusion because they were just taught to go the other way. Just stick with it and they will quickly realize they get relief going both directions.
After a lot of circles, switching directions frequently, the circles get larger, soon you can lead them off straight. My dad said it took about 10 minutes and this colt was leading around great! This is much better way than people trying to just lead straight off and get in a tug of war with their colt. Give it a try the next time you start to halter break your colt.
Hopefully the pics help you visualize the process. You can see more about our program on our facebook page.
About Tiffany Schwenke
My family has been ranching and raising horses for over 100 years. We raise, train, and market AQHA horses at North Four Mile Creek Horse Ranch. We produce the annual event WYO WILD RIDE RANCH RODEO. I am a wife and a mother to 3 amazing...