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    10-10-2009, 05:06 AM
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I have recently got two fillies, they have come of the new forest and have never been handled. So I plan to break them to drive before I ride them. I have brocken my shetland to drive but that was alot easier than I expected. How hard is it to break young horses to drive? But how old do they have to be before I begin their education in driving?
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    10-10-2009, 01:29 PM
I start long reining them as yearlings you can start a lot earlier to drive then you can ride with them not carrying weight
    10-11-2009, 06:23 PM
Break them as yearlings. Its easier because they are small enough so that they don't overpower you if they throw a fit. And at their age they are like a little sponge and learn so fast.

If you need any pointers with breaking a young one, PM me. I can probably help!
    10-12-2009, 01:28 PM
Can I drive them as yearlings or just long rein?
    10-13-2009, 08:58 AM
Light driving is fine. As long as they arent doing heavy work. My STB yearling is driving about 1-2 miles a day right now that she's broke.
    10-13-2009, 01:48 PM
oh right
    10-14-2009, 08:50 AM
My trainer won't even take one in for driving training until it's 2.5 years old, and I agree with her.
    10-14-2009, 08:55 AM
Yeah my babies won't go into training until they are at the Earliest 2 years. I prefer to wait til they are 3 years though. I have been doing a little ground driving now though.
    10-14-2009, 09:05 AM
We break everything as yearlings, and start light driving. At 2 they start training down and if they are fast and strong enough they start racing. If not, they start racing at 3 or sometimes 4 instead.

I have mixed emotions about racing at 2. But as far as just light work, I see no problem as starting them as yearlings and getting them broke.

Also remember these are full sized horses, not minis. So they are a lot larger as yearlings than the minis are. And especially at 2 and 3 they are a lot larger.
    10-14-2009, 10:31 AM
I was refering to how we do the drafts as well not just my minis. :) I believe in doing the ground driving but not actually letting them pull anything as yearlings. They are still babies, we wouldn't have actual human babies doing anything at a year old :) That's all I mean. And depending on the breed also.. Some breeds mature faster then others. But if you still a horse to soon (as far as work goes) the sooner they will have issues as an older horse (like arthatis(sp) in some cases not all).

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