Training an older horse – Where to start

Horse training usually starts at an early age because most of the people believe that when a horse becomes older, training him becomes a bit difficult. However, it is just a myth and you should not believe it. A horse can be trained at any age.


Whether it is a newborn baby horse or a mature horse, you can train him with a little effort.

Training an older horse Where to start

To help you with the training of a younger horse, I’ve written a detailed blog post so that you can learn how you can train your horse. Visit the following page to read it:

The First Steps to Training a Horse

Anyhow, coming towards the topic of this blog post, if you want to know how you can train an older horse, you’ve come to the right place because I know how to do it and I’ve also done a lot of research on this topic.

Why you should train an older horse


Though most of the trainers prefer training younger horses but older horses are also capable of learning new skills easily. They have some advantages that younger horses do not. Most of the older horses usually have a positive attitude towards new things.

Due to this attitude, they have the ability to stay calm during difficult situations. Not always but most of the time they take less time in training as compared to younger horses. Another advantage of having an older horse is that you can easily buy it on affordable price.

If you love horses but you do not have the budget for a younger and trained horse, then I would suggest you buy an older horse. On the country side, people can easily get older horses at very low rates as compared to younger ones.Why you should train an older horse

After buying an older horse, you can train him. All you have to do is put your effort and time and you will be seeing the results in no time.

An older horse usually has a longer attention span as compared to a younger horse. You can train him in depth and he will remember all the lessons. This makes the training period shorter as compared to a training period for younger horses.

Training an older horse – Where to start


So, the first question is where to start if you have an older horse and want to train him. If your horse is untrained, the first step to training him is to create a relationship between you and your horse. Your horse should trust you so that he can obey your commands.


You can establish this relationship of trust by doing easy and simpler tasks such as playing with your horse, making contact with him, talking to him etc. Horses can get scared easily and once scared, they become defensive. There are also many simple exercises that can help you to develop a good relationship with your horse. To learn more, visit the following link:

3 Fun Horse Riding Exercises that Help Bonding

It is important that your horse knows you and understand that you are not a threat to him. Once he starts trusting you and being comfortable with you, then the training process becomes easier.Training an older horse

Please keep in mind that you should not hurry while doing this. It is important to give your horse a little extra time as compared to a younger horse.

Introduce him to the saddle


After some time when you think your horse is ready, introduce him to the saddle. Just like the above step, do this process slowly. Don’t rush. Training them under the saddle is very important. Once you are done with these steps, then you can start training him for riding.

If you are afraid, you can also ask somebody else to ride him but this should not be a problem. Riding will be easy if your horse is comfortable with the saddle.

Riding and training the senior horse

I would recommend to not lose hope. If your horse is taking some time to get trained, it is perfectly okay. It all depends on your horse. Some horses take longer to be trained and some horses can be trained within a short period of time.

And here is a quick video on senior horse health care:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ePRDK3dEYM

Conclusion

Training a horse is not an easy task at any age. You have to put your efforts into it to see the results. Therefore, I would say that training an older horse is also similar to training a younger horse. Though it may be a bit difficult, it is still possible.


The first step to training an older horse is to develop a relationship with him. It is a misconception that training an older horse is difficult. However, the reality is completely opposite. Older horses are quick learners and therefore they can easily be trained.

Please comment below and share your experience with older horses.

Good luck and enjoy your experience! 🙂


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