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The 30, 60, 90 Day Horse

The 30, 60, 90 Day horse is a hot topic. And there are a lot of opinions and varying answers. This is because there are so many variables:  age, personalities, and temperaments, breeding and handling prior to training all affect the outcome of each training session, and the outcome of the total time period allotted for training.

“What should a horse know by the end of 30 days?”


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Well, there really is no “official” answer to this question. And the biggest variable at the end of the training is…YOU!

If you have an expectation for your horse to retain and improve his abilities and skills, you have to ride him often and consistently. There is no way around this. And the best trainer in the world can not prevent a horse from digressing if they are not kept in training by their owner after they go home.

Take advantage of this FREE printable: The 30 60 90 day horse 

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The 30, 60, 90 Day Horse printable will give you a list of skills a horse will be introduced to by the end of 30 days and an idea of what may be expected of them by the end of 60 and 90 days. The following is an example of what you will be able to download and print out from the resource page:

Please remember, these are merely guidelines. And of course, some trainers do not have access to cows or do not work on roping. And not everyone has jumps or will work on dressage. The trainer you choose will benefit from knowing what you expect the outcome of the training period to be. (Read this post to get suggestions about Choosing a Horse Trainer.)

For instance, if you tell your horse trainer that you will be working cows for fall shipping, he or she will know that they should incorporate cow work and cow exposure into the training period. But if the trainer says, “Oh! Actually, I don’t have access to any cows! I’m sorry!” You will not be disappointed at the end of the training or you can choose a different trainer.

Another example would be if you have a 5-year-old that was started as a two-year-old but hasn’t had much riding or work since then, and you want to enter the 3-day eventing competition next summer. Your horse is going to need a lot of work and refinement and exposure to a multitude of cross-country jumps and stadium jumping. Your trainer needs to know these details. The day working cowboy may not have access or the specific training to bring your horse to the level you are expecting.

Another big factor is the age of your horse. A two-year-old horse is still developing in his body and mind. They can not and should not be expected to perform at the same level as a three or four-year-old. There can be bodily injury and burnout if a young horse is pushed too far.

Horses are wonderfully, complex animals. They journey with us through a lifetime of learning and growing. As we continually work with them, they will become more and more a finished horse. But remember this good rule of thumb: a completely finished horse, is a dead horse. A horse and human never reach the end of learning and expanding in knowledge until they’re dead.

If you have a horse in training or are looking for a trainer, what do you expect out of the 30, 60, 90-day horse?

If you are a trainer, do you follow any guidelines or expect the horses you train to be at a certain level after 30, 60, and 90 days?

I would love to hear your thoughts, the things you have learned, and any other ideas you may have.

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Horses | Horse Training | Horse Care | "What should a horse know by the end of 30 days?" Print out this helpful, FREE printable: The 30 60 90 day horse to give you a training starting point.


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Jan smith

Tuesday 22nd of August 2023

I have recently backed a green 6 year d Friesian and would love to know more about getting him fit and ready to compete at cross country

Delci Plouffe

Wednesday 29th of November 2023

That's really really exciting! Good luck with him!


Monday 24th of April 2023

Would love the training guide

Kelly koch

Sunday 13th of June 2021

Yes please

Kelly koch

Saturday 1st of May 2021

I need this I have 2 rescues who need training

Delci Plouffe

Thursday 10th of June 2021

Good luck!


Monday 15th of June 2020

wonderful article