Training Quality Assurance

TFTC LLC Industry Quality Standards

Training Quality Assurance Industry Standards For "Starting a Horse"

Training Quality Assurance (TQA) is a source of information to U.S. horse owners of how accepted scientific knowledge can be used to educate horse owners on the "starting process" and setting a solid foundation on a horse.  TQA guidelines are designed to help both the producer (horse trainer) and the consumer (horse trainer’s client).  In the same way the foundation of a house determines the safety and security of the future building, the “starting process” (first 40 days) on a young horse should help to determine the safety and security of the future equine partner.  TQA is working with experts in the industry to set quality standards to help the consumer determine who is truly qualified to “start” their horse. To help set industry standards and guidelines for qualification the welding industry has the American Welding Society, and the automotive industry has the Automotive Service Excellence.  Now for the first time, TVCC is asking equine experts to come together to set industry standards and guidelines for horse training, to determine who is truly qualified to “start” colts for the public.

Industry Quality Standards for “Starting a Horse"


1. Industry time line for starting a horse

  • 1) Good to catch
  • 2) Stand to saddle
  • 3) Accept bridle
  • 4) Stand to get on
  • 6) Lope a circle both direction
  • 7) Move the hindquarters around the inside front feet
  • 8) Use the hindquarters to pull the horse in a reverse motion (backing)
  • 9) Move front feet and hind feet together in a later motion (side pass)
  • 10) Walk the front feet around the inside hind foot
  • 11) Vertical Flexion ("soft feel")
  • 12) Accept rope (swing rope on horses back and rope legs)
  • 13) Lope a straight line away from the barn 
  • 14) Pick up feet
  • 15) Load in trailer
  • .   
  • (Students must be able to demonstrate task completions 1-11 on a broke         
  •  horse to get accepted into the Horse Production and Training AAS Degree.  
  • Students that are unsure of what is expected should watch the videos below and 
  • make sure they can perform the required tasks.)

  • Students joining the program winter term must pass the practical test 
  • (ground work through phase 4 on broke horse) and pass the written test.                       Foundation for Perfection Test 
 

Ground Work/ Halter Training 

 

Brain Nuebert

 
 

Camie Ortlof
  (2016)

Kylee Sparks 
(2016)

Luke Olsen
   (2017) 

 
 

Cami Ortloff
     (2015)

Kylee Sparks
     (2015)

Luke Olsen 
(2017)

Jamie Osowski 
    (2015)

 
 

Cami Ortoff
     (2015) 

Kylee Sparks
 (2015)

Luke Olsen
     (2017)

 
 

Cami Ortloff 
         (2015)

     Kylee            Sparks 
      (2015)

Val James 
   (2014)

 Luke  Olsen
     (2017)

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