Hi, I wish I could help you with that but I am still only at the very beginning of the natural training. Have not been on my guys back yet, probably won't until next year. Check out my friends and add Shirley, she might be able to help you. I haven't asked her anything yet, but she is very knowledgable. I will leave a message on her page to add you as a friend.
Hi Erica, sorry for the late response. I was away for a few days. I agree with you, that groundwork makes a big difference. I have been trying to do bending with Cooper and he keeps backing up, eventually he will get it. I want to do some more tarp work with him. I also have to get another ball, mine got broken.
Thanks Erica, your Cooper is gorgeous too!! What a beautiful face! I want to ride western but don't have my own saddle yet. The english saddle is on loan just to get him used to it. I don't know when I should purchase a western saddle since he is still growing and I will need to get help fitting one to him (and me). Right now I am thinking I probably won't ride him for another year, wait until he is 4, but do lots and lots of groundwork, mostly natural.
Hi Erica, welcome to barnmice!
My horses name is Cooper too! I was told he was half quarter horse and half draft cross (paint, arab, clyde, and much more!) but a few people guess that he may have some standardbred and morgan in him. Whatever he is I don't care, I love him and he is a fantastic boy.