Using this timeline will help you give your horse a solid education and give you an enjoyable riding horse.

This timeline is to give you a guide to teaching your horse, that takes you much further than just physical training.   It will also be a  guide to what you should expect your horse to be capable of at each level of their education.
Having gaps in your horse’s education by missing parts of this timeline, will limit their ability. The higher level horseman you are, the better you will be able to teach your horse.

 
 

Would you like to be The One to show your young horse how great a partnership with humans can be?

Learn how to train your horse as Shane and Meredith take their young horses through from the first approach to being an educated riding horse in the Young Horse Training Module or bring your horse here for hands on coaching

Join with Shane or Meredith in a live event and get hands on coaching.  QS horse training live events

 
 

Horse Teaching Timeline.

-3 Months (pre-birth)

Preparation

To make sure your mare is a good influence on your young horse in regard to their attitude and physical range of movement, complete Module 1 with them at least 3 months before birth of the foal.  Even better, have them complete Modules 1 and 2 before they are in foal, then just do a refresher of Module 1 three months before birth.

Module 1 – Leadership.
In this Module you will be developing your ground skills with horses through good leadership and communication.
Trailer loading, small jumps, online transitions at trot walk.

Module 2 – Confidence.
Module 2 incorporates some ground work but mostly riding, and focuses on building rider confidence, safe saddling habits and riding with one rein, as well as a recap of the Module 1 skills.  Ideal for people wanting to gain riding confidence, brush up on Level 1 skills or preparing to move on to Level 2.

More about these modules here

Gold Members Modules 1 and 2

Young Horse Training Module

 

   0 Months (birth)

Handling

Handling and being part of your young horse’s birth is a very special time, but over handling them can cause you a lot of hard work down the track.  What you do now will influence your young horse for the rest of their life.  Although mistakes can be repaired, why not do the best for your horse and avoid them now. 

Young Horse Training Module

 

   0-3 Months 

Basic Skills 1-2

Use the first three months to show your foal you are good to be around and to follow your feel, by doing the first 2 Basic Skills in Module 1 Leadership.

More about module 1 here

 

  3-12 Months 

Halter Training and Hoof Trimming

Now is the time to prepare your horse for the halter by working with them using a neck rope.   A neck rope will help to show your foal your leadership and will avoid the leverage which a halter gives you.  Once you can do all the tasks in this video without the halter, then your horse is ready to move on to the halter.  This also applies to when we come to riding.  We ride in a halter first, then once the horse can do all tasks well we can go to a bridle.  If you have to have a halter or bridle to control your horse, then something is wrong in your teaching. This DVD will help you get it right from the beginning.  Many riding horses would do well to come back to do this part of their teaching to refresh or check for holes.

This age is also the time to start trimming your foals feet.  Watch the Trimming DVD to see what to do here.

Halter Training DVD

Barefoot trim DVD

Young Horse Training Module

 

  12 Months – 2 Years 

Saddling preparation


During this 18 months of growth, the ideal scenario would be to let your foal be with an emotionally fit herd, running in a large uneven paddock and playing with their friends.  Balance this part of their life with positive interaction with humans, by getting your Module 1 going well.  It would be a great idea to also do this at different locations, by going to group play-days with other QS Members, so your young horse can be exposed to the excitement of activity that comes with going out.  This is also time to get them ready for their first saddle, by getting them used to having things put on them while moving them around.  For example a saddle pad or bareback pad, ropes etc.

Watch the ‘100 Things to do with Your Horse’ video for ground work ideas.  Here is the link to watch it online.

Once they can handle having things over them like in the 100 Things video and can take some weight on their back as they move around, then do the groundwork part of Module 2 with a bareback pad on.

Module 2 for saddling

 Gold members Module 2

Young Horse Training Module

 

  2-3 Years 

First Ride

During your horse’s third year, it is time to introduce them to their first ride. Your horse’s first ride is an important step in their mental development and in the shaping of their attitude toward further riding.

The Quantum Savvy First Ride focuses on introducing little bits of high quality self carriage, and also on developing the thought process of the horse to set them up well for the next part of their teaching.

This is not like traditional horse breaking.   A QS first ride is not as physical as the traditional breaking style which commonly takes six weeks of physical work each day. The QS first ride, or what is called a colt start, takes around 1-2 weeks with a professional and focuses on teaching your horse to think its way through anything that it finds emotional, rather than reacting from their instinct.  Horses do walk trot and canter under saddle, and so much more.  We also look at getting the horse using it’s body with calm self carriage that will make it a smoother, safer, more capable ride.  Quality gaits with lots of reward for thinking and doing the right thing, is far better than just forward without any options or thought process.

Colt Start DVD

Gold members Colt Start video

Young Horse Training Module

After your horse’s first ride, turn them out with their herd again for a time.  Then bring them in for interaction each month and take them through the first ride tasks until it is time for the next part of their teaching during their fourth year.

 

  3-4 Years

Impulsion Program

In your horse’s fourth year, it is time to start doing more physical work and developing your horse’s impulsion.  It is also the time to develop their emotional strength for more technical ridden tasks and more canter and speed work. Take your horse through the six week Impulsion course four to five times during their fourth year. Plus get them out to QS play-days of course.

Impulsion Course DVDs

Gold Members Impulsion Course

 

  4-6 Years 

Fitness and Strength (Collection)

Your horse’s fifth to sixth years are where you’ll need to build some serious muscle and emotional fitness.  Check that your Impulsion Program is going well and then introduce the Fitness and Strength Program.  Get your horse to where they are doing these easily.

Once this is achieved, take your horse through Module 10, the Collection Module and the assignments in this Module.

Fitness and Strength Course DVD

Gold Members Fitness and Strength Course

 

  6> Years 

Elevation

By your horse’s sixth year of teaching, you will have had some glimmers of elevation during their Fitness and Strength Program.  Now it is time to develop this further with the Elevation Program.   In this course, you will be looking closely at developing emotional fitness in full hindquarter engagement, doing such tasks as piaffe, pirouette, canter departs, flying changes and counter canter.  This is a very exciting and rewarding stage in your horse’s life….enjoy.

Elevation Module (Mejor is working on this course for you now)

 
 
 
 
 
 

Would you like to be The One to show your young horse how great a partnership with humans can be?

Learn how to train your horse as Shane and Meredith take their young horses through from the first approach to being an educated riding horse in the Young Horse Training Module or bring your horse here for hands on coaching

Join with Shane or Meredith in a live event and get hands on coaching.  QS horse training live events

 

In this video Shane and Meredith talk about the QS horse training live events