Just thought it would be a nice idea to share training, approaches and outcomes. This thread is for the person bringing along their own youngster. Maybe we can benefit from each others' contributions and investments into our young ones! This thread is NOT for snarky know-it-all jabs. There are many ways to do something. That's what this thread is meant to share. Start off with how you and your youngster's journey began, where it's traveled and end with what you are working on this week. We can then add our weekly training sessions and results thereof. I'm looking forward to reading and sharing! I'll start. I have Cochise. He's my five year old paint gelding. I met him accidentally when I was looking for my missing cat. Cochise was born on my street. It was my first LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT experience. He was eleven months old. He came home with me when he was thirteen months old. I keep a journal of things I want to do and expose him to each year, and then I revise that all of the time. He was started to saddle at around two and a half. I didn't do the 30-60 day thing. There's nothing wrong with it, I just didn't do it. I just worked him lightly two to three times a week. I wanted compliance, work ethic and a routine for him -- but I felt he was still too young to make a lot of physical demands.As I said, now he's five. We do long lines and surcingle work; work under dressage and trail tack. At this point, I am working him in the arena, in an indoor when we can get to one, and in the woods around my house. I try to take him to different place each month so that he can deal with the excitement of a new place, settle in, relax, and work there Walk, trot, jog, transitions are coming along. We are currently working on a consistent canter depart. That will take time. Tomorrow I am taking him across the street to do some cavaletti work and then a small trail ride. It's supposed to rain. I'm hoping that the weather man is wrong as usual. What about everyone else?