Colt Starting School



Our commitment is to provide a hands on, step by step process to support you in the key elements of Roland’s 20+ years of developing his colt starting method and program. The group will be small, the ratio will be roughly 3 students to 1 teacher/safety adviser. The entire Sawatzky Equine team is passionate about colt starting and will be involved in a variety of ways.



Participant requirements


  • Must complete application including a video submission.

  • Must have access to a young horse that meets the young horse requirements OR have one provided for an additional fee

  • Must be a confident rider

  • Must be able to commit to the weekend dates


Horse Requirements 


  • Between the ages of 2-4

  • No previous starting or backing

  • Halter broke



First round of applications are due April 17.

Once your initial application has been reviewed and approved we will contact you to set up a phone interview to answer questions and to make sure you are clear about the risks associated with starting young horses, your confidence level and fit for the program.

Your deposit will be due upon approval into the program.