07-31-2013, 07:34 AM
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If you send this horse to a good, responsible breaker/starter I'm sure it will be fine. My friend just bought her second Lipizzaner mare, an unbroken 7yo. That isn't unusual among Lipizzaners. There are also a few people on here who have broken or are in the process of breaking mature-aged unbroken (and often unhandled) horses. I think the handling side is always the more difficult. It's a lot safer teaching picking up feet, tying, leading etc when they're babies because they don't have the same strength as an adult. But I had to teach my mature gelding (turning 10 tomorrow) to pick up his feet, lead properly, lunge, back up etc and he learned quickly enough (then learned another way to get out of it - so there were a few battles!) but it would have been a lot more pleasant and less dangerous were he not weighing his adult weight of 600 kg! Horses continue to learn all their lives, the only real disadvantage in not breaking them earlier is that this one will not have enough miles under its belt til it's about 10. On the flip side there are benefits to the health of the horse.