Using Your Hands and Feet Correctly on Colts

Justin Briggs discusses how to use your feet and hands the right way on young horses.
Justin Briggs discusses tips for training horses

When it comes to horse training, Justin Briggs knows how to break it down in an easy to understand way.

Justin Briggs discusses the proper way to use your hands and feet when riding colts. Briggs explains how he uses spurs, leg pressure and various hand placements to accomplish different goals on young horses.

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About Justin Briggs

Originally from Fort Pierce, Florida, east of Okeechobee, Briggs moved to Stephenville in 1998. Training horses has always been a part of Briggs’ life. He got his start with horses from his grandma, who trained hunter jumpers and dressage horses, while his mom rode cutting horses. Briggs started off in the cutting, started roping in the fifth grade and went on to have a successful roping career in college both heading and heeling. He married World Champion barrel racer Jordon Briggs in 2010, and the couple settled in Tolar, Texas, in 2021. Their business, Briggs Performance Horses, focuses mainly on producing top barrel horses, barrel horse prospects and rope horses. 

In his colt starting masterclass, Briggs gives you the information you need to start and bring along your top barrel horse prospect. He uses a thoughtful, well-rounded approach with a focus on quality over quantity. 

“We raise two or three a year on our own, and buy some long yearlings. I start all of our colts,” says Briggs. “I put about 120 days on them, then when they’re safe and ride pretty well, Jordon (Briggs) starts putting a barrel pattern on them and I start roping a sled or lead steer on them. Jordon trains everything on the poles, too. Jordon and I run our business top to bottom. We’re not an assembly line.”


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