In my case, when I was training horses for the public, what I did and when kind of depended on what they were paying me to do, as far as getting a horse ready to ride. Did they want me to do all the work? Did they want to be involved in the process? What was the goal they had for that horse for the future? When you train for the public, these are all considerations to be factored in to what and when you do it.
When I was starting my own colts, and there were only a few of them that belonged to me, I don't think I followed the same protocol with any of them. My first colt was real gentle and you could do just about anything with him on the ground, so I just let him wear the saddle around for a while, then got on him out on the trail and had my sister pony him off of her horse. After that, we blazed along on our own. My second colt was also real gentle, but I thought she had a lot of holes in her training, since I bought her as a two year old, so I did lots of ground driving and round pen stuff the rest of her two year old year and didn't ride her until she was about 3 1/2. I just put some basic things on her and sold her when she was four. My next colt was a tough one so I got help starting him, and he was two years old at the time, but after he was started, I only rode him a couple more times that year and when I brought him in from pasture the next year, we mostly just went on the trail and didn't spend much time in the arena. My current horse was my last colt I ever started. He came in the middle of my busiest year training, and right at the very beginning of my illness. I put two or three rides on him when he was three, then was lucky I ever got on him again, but always managed to find time to continue work on little things with him. His story has lots of twists and turns, so he's not the barometer I would use. LOL Anyway, I think if you're looking to just sit back and have a read of what other folks do, there are already a number of books out that might help you. Might I recommend you start with anything by Tom Moates? They're not training books, but they'll help you a lot more than training books and the internet can, because you'll have lots to think on and ponder.
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