Originally Posted by zynaal
Physically I am not able to ride very long, maybe 1/2 hour or so,a couple of times a week and currently not more than a walk but for a time or two around an arena. By the time I'm ready for more than a short session, most of these would be as well. And I wouldn't be so heavy, so that is why younger horses kinda fit my bill. I could wish that shire cross a couple years older, but it wouldn't make a lot of difference to when I'll be ready :)
That's partly why I bought that little arab, to do some ground work and get started on my way back. Already better than I was 4 months ago, and 10 lbs lighter!
Now, it depends on the horse, but we started my draft cross as a 2yo. Just light arena work (maybe half an hour of walking with short spurts of trotting) and light trails. But, he was VERY mature for his age. There was a QH started at the same time at my barn and he wasn't half as mature (physically or mentally) as my boy. My BO (who has been training horses for 30 years) and my trainer/friend (been around horses her whole life and been training for the last 10 years or so) were both impressed with how mature my boy was. So, I had no problem starting him that young.
I'd at least go look at that shire/paint colt. How much are they asking? Posted via Mobile Device