At Butte Morgans, we usually foal between the months of April-June and then turn our mares and foals out for many months of bonding and growing together on summer & fall pasture. Our foals are introduced to humans right from day one in a gentle, nurturing way similar to that of their dam, so they understand right from the start that the human is part of their herd. As yearlings and two year olds, they are placed in different herds and granted as much pasture time as possible for our area, while having continued interaction with the human part of the herd for trimming, sporadic groundwork and general orientation and connection. By the time they are 3 or 4, essentially if they have been in our herd from day one, we lead them up alongside a fence, climb on bareback for the first time and ride away! While this is a very simplified explanation of what we do, it is essentially no more than building a trusting, two way relationship from the start that enables the very uneventful first ride. From there, it is all about building on that relationship and experiencing everything we can to educate and give the horse confidence, while maintaining a light, playful spirit and heartfelt connection.