Pre-Ride Check in For Young Horses

Justin Briggs shares his routine for getting two-year-olds ready to be ridden and what signs he looks for before moving to the next step.

Justin Briggs prepares to ride a two-year-old and shares how he gets the colt ready to be safely ridden and worked with. Briggs shares what signs he looks for in the horse to let him know it is safe to move on to the next step.

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About Justin Briggs

Originally from Fort Pierce, Florida, east of Okeechobee, Briggs moved to Stephenville in 1998. Horsemanship has always been a part of Briggs’ life. He got his start with horses from his grandma, who trained hunter jumpers and dressage horses. Along with his diverse English riding background, his mother also rode cutting horses. Though he started off in the cutting, he continued on roping in the fifth grade. Briggs 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. 

“The husband and wife team of Justin and Jordon Briggs have worked to establish an unrivaled training program at Briggs Performance Horses,” said Bonnie Wheatley, content director for Barrel Racing Magazine and “I think Justin’s colt starting series gives barrel racers a unique glimpse behind the curtain into the philosophy and the day-to-day routines from the first ride on through the process of developing the skills and confidence that transforms raw prospects into elite equine athletes. Justin and Jordon do it all themselves! The success they’ve had together is well proven and something we’re very proud to share.”

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. 


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