Wild Rose Icelandic Horse Farm

Starting The Untrained Horses

Danielle has extensive experience in training young horses and older untrained horses. She has worked with some of the wildest young Icelandic horses that were so terrified they would shake with fear. Using familiar communication that the horses understood, she was able to ease those fears and start them under saddle. The focus is on creating a solid foundation that will carry on with the young horse all through it's life. The idea is to teach the young horses to trust and respect their handler and to consider the rider/handler the leader that will keep them safe. They learn that people are a positive thing and a fellow being which helps prevent dangerous behaviors such as bucking or chronic bolting. This training helps prevent a bolt after spooking as well. We are very careful to not over work the young horses/untrained horses as this often triggers negative behaviors as well. If the young horse displays any signs of discomfort or issues, we are quick to pick up on them and we either change the training accordingly or have our qualified osteopath check out the horse before the issues become larger. We teach the untrained horses a variety of things that they will need throughout it's lifetime such as trail riding, ponying, being ridden with others, balancing on hills, trailer loading, river crossing, traffic, etc in the first three months of training. They are taught to give to rein pressure, be soft and supple, be happy and trusting with their riders and to stop as soon as they are given the word. We go at the speed of what the horse is ready for only and do not push the horses to achieve results. If a young horse is not ready to be trained because of being too immature, we say so and end the training until the horse is ready. Simple things like putting on the bridal, instead of being a nuisance to the horse, it becomes something fun because they get rewarded for it so in the end they grab for the bit. As well the horse is evaluated on it's temperament and conformation to give the owner valuable insight into how this particular horse will possibly develop in the future. Plenty of advice is given as to how to further the horse's training, what tack is best for the young horse and as well feeding advice to prevent ulcers. We have a limited amount of horses in training so that each one gets the training and attention that the owner is paying for. The personal attention each horse receives is what strengthens the bond between horses and people. Horses that have been trained by Danielle, still hold these foundations into their 20s after many riders have ridden them.