Let’s Stay Together: Start Your Horses Under Saddle at Home

Starting young horses under saddle is a task often left to professionals, a job we "send our horses out" to have done. As more horse owners switch to the positive-reinforcement paradigm, they are finding that they no longer want to send their horses out to be started. “Boarding school” sounds less appealing and owners would rather train their horses at home. But where to begin?

In this Session, we look at the basic skill set needed BEFORE you get on your young horse, barometer behaviors for safety, equipment basics, and first rides. This Session will follow a video story of a young horse being started under saddle step-by-step, so that participants can observe all training principles and behaviors with a real horse. Watch this fun and informative Session to learn how to get your young horse ready for riding.

Jen Digate

Her lifelong passion for horses has inspired Jen Digate to reimagine the horse-human bond, and explore both the myth and legend of these magical creatures. Through a blend of behavioral science, practical experience, and positive reinforcement methods, Jen strives to build a collaborative relationship with her horses. She believes in building choice, clear criteria, and barometer behaviors into the structure of her training sessions.

Jen specializes in introducing untamed mustangs to domesticated life, including exposure to husbandry and vet care; exploring the intricacies of balance and healthy biomechanics to promote soundness, beauty, and longevity for all horses; foal training; and helping fearful, anxious, and mistreated horses learn to trust humans and enjoy the game of training.

Jen has been training horses and dogs for 15 years, and holds a Certification for Behavior Consultants - Canine (CBCC-KA). She offers both in-home behavior modification consultations for dogs and group classes through her business, Wild Canine. Jen also holds foundation-level clicker training clinics at Idle Moon Farm in southeastern Wisconsin, as well as clinics with Alexandra Kurland, with whom she has studied intensively for the last five years. Jen offers individual coaching sessions for humans and their horses both through her own business, Spellbound, and as a coach for Alexandra Kurland's online course.