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post #1 of 11 Old 02-27-2011, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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How long until mature enough to ride?

On average, how long would it take for a Friesian/Shire colt to become mature enough to be ridden.


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post #2 of 11 Old 02-27-2011, 09:41 PM
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Apparently about 3.
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Of course, each horse is different, and they have to be both physically ready for it, and mentally ready for it.

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Thanks, Salila! That's sort of what I was expecting, but I wasn't sure.

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post #4 of 11 Old 02-27-2011, 10:12 PM
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you shoudnt ride any horse till they are 2yrs old or older. no younger then 2yrs.

When I can't ride anymore, I shall keep horses as long as I can hobble along with a bucket and wheelbarrow. When I can't hobble, I shall roll my wheelchair out by the fence of the field where my horses graze, and watch them!
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post #5 of 11 Old 03-01-2011, 02:09 PM
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What are you wanting to do with it? Light riding at 2.5 or 3 but nothing heavy or too strenuous is my preference. That being said, I don't start mine until they're 4 and no heavy stuff until they're 5 or 6 but I'm a big gal and I'm paranoid
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post #6 of 11 Old 03-01-2011, 03:04 PM
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I don't believe in ridning any horse untill they are at least 3.5 years old. The growth plates in thier knees do not seal untill 3 years old and the spinal growth plates dont innish sealing untill they are 7., This is irrigardless of breed. You can do a lot of damage to unsealed joints by riding them

Some breeds can LOOK very mature but skelataly they are not!

also you have to take into account the horses mental state. my boy wasnt ready untill jan this year (3.5years old), he would not have coped mentaly.

I believe in letting babies be babies, my lad has been in a field with the older boys and in a field with older mares, he is socialy well adjusted, been handled well. He respects me and my authority, he trusts me, but he is very much a pony with a character and a zest for life. He will be cheeky and push his luck, he is interested in what is going on around him, he does have that sparkle and I do put this all down to giving him time to grow up on his own and not doing too much too early!

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post #7 of 11 Old 03-01-2011, 03:33 PM
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I agree Faye!

Sailor, my 4 year old, is just now beginning to act like a mature horse. He's still silly and easily distracted but he CAN focus now some. I'm taking things slow. Like I said I'm a big gal and I want them to be sound forever, lol.
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post #8 of 11 Old 03-01-2011, 03:44 PM
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Besides the other reasons not to ride a horse too young (growth plates, fusing, etc) I read that a young horse is more apt to clamp its back muscles to protect its young back from too much weight, and therefore will learn to always clamp up when a rider gets on. I wish I could find the article again. :(
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post #9 of 11 Old 03-02-2011, 09:25 AM
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Thank you, faye! Couldn't have said it better myself.

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post #10 of 11 Old 03-02-2011, 03:24 PM
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Mine are started at 3.5 with the light stuff. Then when they turn 4 it's trail riding and light pattern work on the barrels.
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