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post #1 of 16 Old 10-10-2008, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Paints and Qaurter horses!

I know this is probably not the right place to post this but I have been hearing that it depends on the breed of when you should break your horse to ride.
If you have a paint or quarter horse or have broke one. At what age did you break them?
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post #2 of 16 Old 10-10-2008, 09:34 PM
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There is post just like this a in horse training! I put 5-15 walk rides on my two year olds and then really start them at three. If you ride them hard before they are three they will be stiff a sore by the time they are eight.
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I second Fehr -- starting too soon (I usually begin at 3, like FGR) can cause problems in the future -- I also suggest starting a few rides before age three, but then...really training harder at three.

If that makes any sense... if it doesn't, just say I second FGR completely!
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Made perfect sense QP!
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I have a qh gelding. Not sure when he was broke to ride, but at 15, he's going on 4 (energy wise, not behavioral wise)

I say at 3-3 1/2 you can start doing some rides w/t and some canter work, but I would wait to do some serious training until they are 4 years plus.
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It makes perfect sense QP
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post #7 of 16 Old 10-10-2008, 11:57 PM
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All our Paints were broke in their third year, too.

On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.
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post #8 of 16 Old 10-11-2008, 12:38 AM
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Joshua (paint) is about 3 1/2 and our DD is starting to ride him. He's a very good, calm guy and DD's a small girl.

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post #9 of 16 Old 10-11-2008, 05:27 PM
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Due to the fact that horses skeletons dont fully develop until the age of 6, 3 1/2 is usually the proper age to start them under the saddle.

Because they are training them way too soon, race horses can suffer from bad cannon bone injuries etc.

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post #10 of 16 Old 10-11-2008, 08:52 PM
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The earliest I would start mine is 3. It all depends on the breed as well. Bigger horses or heavier breeds should be started a bit later because of their size as they take longer to mature.
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