When breaking a horse, start by getting them used to the things that will be used on them when the saddling process begins. Break a horse by desensitizing them to touches and jumping with tips from an equestrian coach in this free video on horse care.

Expert: Mara Keith-Hunter
Bio: Mara Keith-Hunter is a lifelong equestrian and head coach for the Hampshire College equestrian team.
Filmmaker: David Pakman


24 Responses to Horse Care & Buying Tips : How to Break a Horse

  1. Anonymous says:

    Scary, don’t ever do this while your horse is tied. Horses are fight our flight animals. His only flight option when scared is over backwards when he is tied like that. This should come with a warning label.

  2. Anonymous says:

    A few things wrong. Do not totally restrict your horse when desensitizing. You always want your horse to have a ‘flee’ option. She had her horse in a wash bay in cross ties. If the horse freaked out, kicked, or did anything else to get away from any of that, he would be thrown into panic with so much constriction.
    Also, whatever you do to your horse on one side, you do the same on the other. Horse’s minds work independently from each other. What is ok to do on his left, he could be totally sca

  3. Anonymous says:

    Totally Agree! Most people just long rein them without doing anything of these sorts first! And the poor horse is like ” Wow , Ummm Mum? What are you doing?” :)

  4. Anonymous says:

    Why is it called “breaking” a horse? Why not just training or taming? “Breaking” makes it sound like you’re trying to break their spirit or something when clearly that’s not what we’re trying to do here.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Really good desensitizing video. It actually shows him flitting a little bit.

  6. Anonymous says:

    My name is Mara, too!

  7. Anonymous says:

    you want him to get use to it, so if that means he has to sniff it then yes

  8. Anonymous says:

    ur amazing

  9. Anonymous says:

    when i get a horse and its not broken should i let the horse to sniff the saddle pad and the towel and the other thing i would put on the horse

  10. Anonymous says:

    Omg I almost rode my horse thanks a lot!!!!!!!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I love this video; it actually helped me a lot with my young project–even though she was already broken, she was a pansy about being touched where she couldn’t see.

  12. Anonymous says:

    My horse would kick me if I rubbed all over him with a towel

  13. Anonymous says:

    oh i .. uh thot you were actulay guna “break” a horse..

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  15. Anonymous says:

    the horse liked it when you rubbed his face with the towel!

  16. Anonymous says:

    nope…i removed it. it was really bothering you, so i took it out of there. try not to sweat the small stuff. happy easter.

  17. Anonymous says:

    u dont see the comment because it was removed due to too many negative votes!! DUHHH

  18. Anonymous says:

    what comment? i don’t see a comment. what comment? do you see a comment? you might need new glasses, or a new hobby. try getting a job on a farm handling horses.

  19. Anonymous says:

    ur comment on touching the poor horse!!!!!! WTF!!!!

  20. Anonymous says:

    who me? you talk’n to me. you know me? i know you, you know me. i i know somebody, who do i know?

  21. Anonymous says:

    wtf is wrong with u!!!??????

  22. Anonymous says:

    same here, i LOVE horses but my friends would totally htink its gay 😛

  23. Anonymous says:

    totally agree. i love horses but i’d probably get picked on if I told anyone.

  24. Anonymous says:

    This is okay. But guys! dont take this as the whole thing. There are a lot more things than just decensitizing it to breaking it in.