1 year and 8 months - training rides

Well you've made it this far - congratulations. And you know what - you should give yourselves a pat on the back!

You are now the proud owner of a lovely young horse, who at the age of 1 year and 8 months is ready to start training to be a champion.

Now, if your horse has woken up with low energy and health after their final day of games, you need to ensure they return to 100% health before commencing training. Put them in the field for a couple of hours, groom them feed them or put them in the box for a bit in order to get their health back up.

HANDY HINT
If you train a horse with health less than 100% (at any time in their life) they will gain less skills than they would otherwise have done. So it's always best to wait until they have recovered.

Once you're ready, it's time to start taking your horse out on rides.

From now on there is no set method to follow as it all depends on the breed of horse you have. They are all good at different things and so need to be trained accordingly.

Before the age of 2 the only training you can do is by taking your horse out on rides. Look for the buttons on the far right-hand side of the page, about half way down.

There are 3 types of ride:

-Trotting ride
-Galloping ride
-Steep slope ride

And each of these rides has 2 further options - short or long.

Look for your breed in the following table and see which rides you should start with: (for this method we are going to train your horse in their top 3 skills - a good habit to get in to. Later on when you are training more advanced horses, this all changes - look out for further posts on 'Advanced Training' in the future. But for now lets keep it simple).

-Short trotting rides: Standardbred, Fjord
-Long trotting rides: Friesian, Hackney, Peruvian Paso, Lusitano, Nokota
-Short galloping rides: Quarter Horse, Paint Horse, Purebred Spanish Horse, Thoroughbred, Appaloosa, Chincoteague, Mustang, Welsh, Brumby
-Long galloping rides: Irish Hunter, Marwari, Quarter Pony, Trakehner
-Short steep slope rides: Hanoverian, Australian, Newfoundland
-Long steep slope rides: Arabian, Connemara, Canadian, Donkey, Barb, Russian Don Horse, Morgan, Shetland, Gypsy Vanner, Shagya Arabian, Holsteiner

Train your horse for as long as you can in their chosen ride - try to use up nearly all their energy (you can take it down as far as 1-2%). Then stroke, give a carrot, drink, groom and feed. You now have to give your horse grain as well as forage - just follow what it tells you when you click the 'feed' button.

You should do rides until your horse is 2 years old. Then check out our Training methods post to find out what to do next.

Please note, this is a very simplistic overview of training. There are lots of methods out there and everyone has their own opinions about the 'best method'. Take your time to play around with your horses' training and find out what works best for you and your horse.

Lucy

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

What is the Fjord's rides?

Anonymous said...

Fjord's should do Short Trotting rides to start with.

Anonymous said...

What about Lusitanos?

Anonymous said...

for the paint horse people are saying it is better to do short trot rides

Lucy said...

Yes, as I say in the post above there are lots of ways to train your horses. The rides mentioned above train your horses in their top 3 skills to BLUP them. This however, isn't always the best thing to do to get your horse's 20 wins. Hence why people would be saying to do short trotting rides first.

In actual fact, I do short trotting rides first on nearly all breeds that I skill. You just need to find what works best for you.

Lucy

Anonymous said...

I just found a beach ride.

Anonymous said...

What about lusitanos then? I need this kind of urgently!

Anonymous said...

What about Gypsy Vanners as well?

Kate said...

Where are the training schedules?

Lucy said...

Lusitano - long trotting rides
Gypsy Vanner - long steep slope rides

Basic training methods can be found in this post:
http://ultimatehowrse.blogspot.co.uk/2010/09/howrse-training-basics.html

Anonymous said...

I really need to know which class a purebred spanish horse should go in... Classical or Western???

Anonymous said...

How do you know when you have fully riden the horse

Anonymous said...

I have a KWPN, they are very new, it is a foundie that got released with the clover lottery, how should I train it?

Anonymous said...

What server is this for? (: Btw, KWPN is short steep slope rides, for anyone who was wondering. :)

Anonymous said...

I can't find Knabstruppers anywhere on that!! Could someone tell me because I need this urgently!

Anonymous said...

What are the three best training bars though? It says this is for Training and Rides, yet it only specifies the Rides.
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Amzie said...

You train your horses in their top skills first, usually.

Personally, I train Hanoverians, and after their top skills are maxed, I train them in whatever skills are needed for their second best competition (Gallop). I do that while taking lessons and going on short steep slope rides. :) It's a lot, but my horse's GP has gone up so much.

As for BLUP, I follow the training above, then I keep competing in the breed's best competition (jumping for Hanoverians) until I get 10 gold medals, then I do their next best competition.

Anonymous said...

What should KWPNs ride?

Katelyn Young said...

The best training bars can be found as the three bars with the little slightly darker arrows on them. =)

Katelyn Young said...

What are the best for Knabs?

Anonymous said...

Ummm... What about Akhal-Tekes? Thanks in advance!

Anonymous said...

What about French Trotters? Thanks in advance

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