Mastering the Art of Colt Starting with Shawn Dunn
As a seasoned colt starter with over three decades of experience working with horses across the country, Shawn Dunn has a unique insight into the art of colt starting. From the basics of training to the finer details of horse behavior, Shawn has seen it all and is eager to share his knowledge with others.
In this episode, we delve into the world of colt starting and learn about Shawn’s approach to horse training. We also explore the importance of starting a horse off on the right foot and the long-term impact it can have on the horse’s life.
The Art of Colt Starting
Colt starting is often considered an art form, requiring a special set of skills and a deep understanding of horse behavior. It is the process of taking a young horse and teaching it the basics of life under saddle.
According to Shawn, the key to successful colt starting is understanding that each horse is unique and requires a tailored approach. He believes that the earlier you start training a horse, the better off they will be in the long run.
“The best dog I ever had was the one I began training at 7 weeks old,” says Shawn. “The start kids get in pre-school is so important to how they will grow up. So, why should it be any different with horses?”
Shawn’s approach to colt starting centers around building a strong foundation of trust and respect between horse and handler. He believes that creating a safe and secure environment for the horse is crucial for their growth and development.
One of Shawn’s favorite training techniques is the use of groundwork, which he describes as “teaching the horse to understand the language of the handler.” This can include simple exercises like leading, lunging, and ground driving.
By working with the horse on the ground, Shawn can establish a clear communication line and build trust with the horse before getting on its back. He believes that this approach results in a smoother and more positive riding experience for both horse and rider.
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In conclusion, colt starting is an art that requires patience, understanding, and a deep knowledge of horse behavior. Shawn Dunn is a true master of this art, and his approach to horse training has helped countless horses and riders along the way. We hope this episode has provided you with a better understanding of the world of colt starting and how Shawn approaches this important process.
Thanks for listening.