Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
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Starting age for haffies
I have started my ~3.5 y.o. haffie under saddle. I chose not to start her at 3, as I had originally planned, b/c she was visibly "down hill" and clearly had some growing to do. A friend's father that owns quite a few haffies said he did not start them under saddle 'till the age of 4 b/c, in his opinion, that is when they were mentally and physically "ready". Anyway, I take my time with her, so she is hardly in danger of being pushed to hard before she fully matures. To date, she has proven to be very compliant, amazingly so, actually. I can see where it would be very easy to in fact get a little greedy and push ahead quickly. So, I am wondering about this "4 years of age" for haffies philosophy? Anyone agree, disagree?
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