"Starting colts isn't just about getting them riding around. You're setting them up mentally for the rest of their lives. You're teaching them to love their job or hate it, enjoy it or dread it. We get too caught up in visual progress and forget that it's our job to develop them mentally as well. Some horses are born good minded, and some are trained to be good minded. Your agenda for them is their life, so make sure you let them enjoy it." - Miles Baker
I don't personally know Miles but love the way he has trained for others. Raising my own colts has been hard and we have failed many times, as I am sure most horsemen and horsewomen have. I saw this quote and loved it so much. As I age, the way I judge results has changed. I want a mentally sound horse, not one that just gets by.
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