Training & Board
Training and Boarding Services
At Léttleiki Icelandics we offer premium care for our horses on board. The facilities are modern and designed with the welfare of the horse in mind. The barn has great ventilation and lighting with stall fronts and windows designed to create a friendly and open atmosphere. To read more about our boarding options go to the “board and equine health” page.
In terms of training the facilities could not be better. We have an indoor arena, oval track, pace track, and a series of trails both in open areas and through woods. This allows us to easily create variation throughout a week of training keeping the rider and horse engaged.
At Léttleiki Icelandics are some of the most qualified and talented trainers in the United States. To read more about some of our trainers go to the “about us” section of the website. Our trainers believe that each horse and rider has individual needs and challenges. Good horse-rider relationships are built on training the mental and physical balance of horse and rider. We offer a variety of training program options to better suite each individual situation. For more information on our way of training and training options go to “training principles” or “training and board rates”.
Requirements for all horses boarded and/trained at Léttleiki Icelandics:
All horses coming to Léttleiki Icelandics must have a current coggins and health certificate as well as all immunization records!
Owners sending there horses in training or to board must fill out the Boarding Contract and Release and Waiver.
When sending a horse in training it is important to have in mind these training phases. This is a very short description of each phase and therefore lacking in many details. The time each horse spends in a phase varies greatly in accordance with each horses natural abilities and temperament. Also previous training can have a big influence. For example a horse who has developed bad habits may take a very long time to change.
Young horse starting:
The end result of young horse starting should be a horse that is respectful and trusting and responds to basic cues in the saddle. The horse is taught basic groundwork and manners such as leading, being tied, standing for the farrier, and lounging. The horse is taught to carry a rider. This is a gradual process starting with introducing the saddle and carrying a rider first in the round pen with an assistant. The process ends with the rider gaining more control and riding in the arena and out on the trails. The horse is taught the correct responses to signals from the bit first in hand. Once again a gradual transition takes place where the horse slowly learns to be ridden with a bridle. At the end of being started, as a young horse, the horse should be able to respond to all basic driving and restriction aids from the rider.
This phase of training generally takes 6 weeks to three months.
Basic gait training:
This is one of the trickiest but most exciting times in training. This is when you start to teach exercises and responses that involve corresponding driving and restricting aids. This is why it can be a tricky time in training because done incorrectly it can be very confusing for the horse. At the phase we start introduction more rein contact. Young horses are only ridden on a loose rein or with a very light connection. We start teaching lateral work first on the ground and in the saddle. We also begin to help the horse move in correct form/correct physical carriage. All of these things prepare a horse for gait training. Gait training involves teaching the horse to trot, tölt, and canter on command. For example with very four gaited horses this stage in training is primarily about teaching the horse to tolt. Horses that are very open for the tölt may need simply to learn to separate their gaits. At the end of this stage the horse should be able to move in all four gaits in a healthy rounded form both inside the arena and on the trails.
This stage of training may take 6 weeks to over 1 year.
This is where training becomes more specialized in accordance with each horses abilities and the interests of the owner. For example trail horses at this stage may need to develop stamina and experience. Or other horses may begin preparation for breeding evaluations or competition. This is also the stage where the fifth gait the pace can begin to be trained. This phase in training lasts for the rest of the horses life. Much of this training is built on the principles presented in Hólars training pyramid. For more infomation read “training principles” page.