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        11-19-2009, 05:19 PM
      #31
    Foal
    Question

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    Originally Posted by sophie123    
    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?
    According to the dutch Shetlander website, they can begin driving at 2. I have now got a 6 month old shetlander and would like to train him to drive a cart when he's about 2. Any tips would be really helpful.
    Had a 3 year old arabian when I was in my teens and I broke him in for riding/jumping, but he was already being lunged etc when I bought him. Co my Shetlander I see as more of a challenge as he's never done anything. Would like to begin lunging him, as taking him out with the dog isn't giving him enough exercise. He runs in the field if its dry, but he seems to have so much built up energy. Tried it twice but all he does is follow me (he loves cuddles).Will try using the whip at the shoulder, but as I said, ANY tips would be great.
         
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        11-19-2009, 06:02 PM
      #32
    Weanling
    Well grublet this is a very emotive subject on the forum but I don't,see any problem in starting them as a yearling and light driving them especially if your driving on roads/highways let them see and come across everything whilst they are young
         
        11-20-2009, 04:03 AM
      #33
    Foal
    Well jimmy we both agree to disagree on that point (lol) I wouldnt be driving them behind a cart until at least 2 1/2. But the point I want to make here is that the shetland is considered more strong per body mass than a horse or a pony, but even so grublet, I think waiting the extra 6 monthes is not a lot for a growing pony to ask.
         
        11-20-2009, 11:43 AM
      #34
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by jimmy    
    well grublet this is a very emotive subject on the forum but I don't,see any problem in starting them as a yearling and light driving them especially if your driving on roads/highways let them see and come across everything whilst they are young
    how come when I say anything like this I get attacked like im some kind of horrible monster, but you say it and its "oh well we disagree hahaha" ????
         
        11-20-2009, 12:22 PM
      #35
    Foal
    I am shocked that anyone would even consider driving a yearling, they are not physically nor mentally ready at that age and there is nothing you can do with a horse with a yearling that can't wait a few years I.e. Teaching it to go in traffic etc.

    If people are in such a rush to drive/ride young horses why don't you buy a mature horse so you can do this.
         
        11-20-2009, 12:47 PM
      #36
    Weanling
    Well fjord fan its like I say you do what you want with yours and I,l do what I want with mine lets not get into all this again
         
        11-20-2009, 12:52 PM
      #37
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by AlmagroN    
    how come when I say anything like this I get attacked like im some kind of horrible monster, but you say it and its "oh well we disagree hahaha" ????
    my natural charm must ooze of the page lol
         
        11-20-2009, 01:43 PM
      #38
    Foal
    Well Jimmy its like I say, I feel sorry for any yearling that ends up with an owner who thinks it acceptable for it to be broken to drive. And as an adult on a public forum I can voice my opinion without being told lets not get into this when it was part of the question being asked by the OP.
         
        11-20-2009, 02:04 PM
      #39
    Yearling
    Jimmy... its official.. you and I are unacceptable owners....
         
        11-20-2009, 02:20 PM
      #40
    Weanling
    Sophie123, I will be waiting till 2 or 2 and a half before I hitch them onto a cart of any sort but I plan to have all the ground work, voice commands, and tack on them before then, depending on how they are.
         

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