Breaking the Colt

 

Xenophon – Breaking the Colt

On Breaking the Colt by Xenophon. (430BC – 350BC)

 
Lusitano-Breaking the ColtBreaking the Colt:   In this section of his book On Horsemanship, Xenophon first advice is that the owner should not endanger his life and well-being by attempting to break the colt himself.   He must have someone who knows how to do it but that person should be closely supervised.
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Lusitano-Breaking the ColtThe colt should have a good nature and no fear.   When it is delivered to its new owner these conditions must have been met.   The groom who will manage him will caress and scratch while talking to him all the time.   The colt knows that there is nothing to fear.   The colt should also know that the man besides him is his friend and also feeds him tasty things.   Xenophon believed that the bond between horse and humankind should be built at a young age so it could bring them together through battle.   He also believed that this bond was between the horse and all men so that the groom should do an excellent job of befriending the young colt.
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Lusitano-Breaking the ColtThe colt must also be taken to public places especially the market where there is much noise and movement.   The colt will learn that there is nothing to fear from noise and crowds of people and other animals.   The groom will take his time reassuring the colt if and when he gets scared by scratching and talking to him.   The colt must become used to hearing the voices of men and he must find peace and comfort in them.
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