Ask @ericnavet : What’s the most important thing you teach to a young horse at the beginning of his training? At which age do you start showing them?

Hello Mark,

The most important is to get the connivence and partnership with the horses. You must always ask yourself: "If I were the horse would I be happy to have me as a rider?" Your horses must be happy to see you put the saddle on and go for a ride. You have to make them enjoy the ride and get them happy to learn.

I don't do very young horses anymore but I always did before I moved to the US and used to start initiation courses when they were 4yo. Some horses are late though from either still growing or still "green" mentally and I would wait one more year with those.

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