Buddy Uldrikson’s approach to young or troubled horses is working with them for 30 to 90 days, depending on their level of progress. When first meeting any horse, he immediately begins to establish a level of trust and confidence between them. He gives the horse consideration and very quickly the horse gives it back to him. One of the goals is to teach the horse to find out what is being asked of him and let him sort it out – with no set time frame to make it happen. This will be one of the most important times of a young horse’s life.
Every level of training includes horse and rider. Buddy will establish communication with the horse and give the rider the opportunity to learn the process at the same time.
Basic ground, halter, and lead work, along with building confidence and trust, are the beginning of the training. The horse will learn to think his way through trouble spots and find his timing and balance. At the end of the first 30 days, your horse will move smoothly from a walk to a trot to a lope on a loose rein when asked. Slow, medium, and fast transitions will be there as well. Your horse will have a good understanding of what he’s being asked to do and where his feet are supposed to be for each task.
The second 30 days will step up the level of new challenges. Quicker response and straight lines of work are asked for. There will be more outside exposure to things that are new and scary – a rope swinging over head, or under its tail, new scenery on trail rides, different arenas and unknown horses, all geared to have the horse be as well-rounded as possible and comfortable with new things.
During the last 30 days, horse and rider continue working together under Buddy’s tutelage. The rider will learn how to communicate with their horse, learn to experience the unexpected together, and become a team.