Starting a Horse under Saddle

We usually allow 5-8 weeks starting a horse.

A basic outline of the program your horse will go through is described below in weekly stages.

By completion of training, we have your horse stopping & backing to light rein pressure, maintaining even circles at all gaits, clear transitions from walk through to lope (canter), moving shoulder (turn on hindquarters),moving hindquarters (turn on forehand), side passing & leg yielding.

At this stage and prior to the horse going home, Owners are to complete 2 lessons with Roy, ensuring they understand the training methods used and what to continue on with once the horse is back home.

Owners can see their horse progressively through the weekly stages by appointment only.


Week 1

Handling the horse: catching, leading, tieing up, grooming, handling legs, rugging

Lunging: in round yard and arena

Mouthing: introducing roller, bridle & side reins

Week 2

Introducing saddle, lunging with saddle.

Start driving (long reining), beginning in the round yard then progressing to arena, around the property and through bush trails.

Weeks 3 to 4

First ridden work started

Riding in the round yard, then in the arena.

Horse to be worked with other horses, then alone.

Week 5 onwards

Continued ridden work on transitions, circle work, moving shoulder, hindquarters, leg yielding & side passing

Riding around the property, along the road and through bush trails – both with other horses and alone.

Float Training

Farrier/shoes fitted


Contact Roy for more information.

Please Note: As each horse is an individual, we cannot guarantee the exact time required to completely start a horse under saddle.


The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by Roy Marchinton Training Stables and while we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.