I agree put him on as soon as you can but don't overwhelm him. Our ranch colts go out right away on the easy days pushing pairs down the meadows, short easy days. When I worked for trainers we used the colts for turn back, they didn't need to be handy and we went slow, that's when they started to "get it", they started to get snappy and the arena work made sense to them. One of the trainers worked for admitted that the horses progressed faster and were happier. He used to wait longer to put them on cattle.
I too am a firm believer in giving them a job to so the training makes sense and has purpose. It really does make a horse eager to learn but again without overwhelming busting their confidence or blowing them up.
I DON'T LEAD 'EM AND FEED 'EM, I RIDE 'EM AND SLIDE 'EM.
Last edited by COWCHICK77; 10-02-2013 at 10:59 PM.