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        09-04-2011, 09:54 AM
      #11
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    Sounds like he is on vacation :)

    Fair warning though- little girls & little horses can cause argument...my best friend's daughter (she just turned 4) is absolutely horse crazy. She's staked claim to Lacey (I humor her) and on her birthday when I gave her gift to her she told me "Mandy, this isn't big enough to be Merit." And huffed off. She was certain I was giving her my colt for her bday...she didn't talk to me the rest of her party since a my little pony was not an acceptable substitute. :)
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        09-04-2011, 01:13 PM
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    ^^MH I know exactly what you are saying. A little of that has already happened. One girl asked her grandma, who is the Bo if she could break rodeo for me. She then told me that she wanted him. And wanted to run barrels with him....as far as training goes, will her obsession hurt my bond, and training that I'm doing with rodeo? I've been thinking about this quite a bit. If there is any potential it will harm the training and or bond, I really don't wantto take the risk....what do youtl think?
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        09-04-2011, 01:30 PM
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    It's probably harmless. My daughter is 6 and she is always all over the little ones. Not too long ago I caught her in the pasture ON my yearling filly. I can remember when I was a kid putting the pony saddle on the yearlings and tying my cabbage patch dolls to them....Still have one of those yearlings, she's 23 now :)

    I'd just be sure they didn't do anything that wasn't safe for them or Rodeo. Though I'd think with the BO being their grandmother they should know their boundaries.
         
        09-04-2011, 07:02 PM
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    Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
    It's probably harmless. My daughter is 6 and she is always all over the little ones. Not too long ago I caught her in the pasture ON my yearling filly. I can remember when I was a kid putting the pony saddle on the yearlings and tying my cabbage patch dolls to them....Still have one of those yearlings, she's 23 now :)

    I'd just be sure they didn't do anything that wasn't safe for them or Rodeo. Though I'd think with the BO being their grandmother they should know their boundaries.
    Oh boy!! On your yearling huh?? You must have some great horses!!!! I don't think Rodeo will be hard to saddle train once we get to that point....I think what will help too, is that the BO has two granddaughters, and they have 2 horses each. One I believe is 8, and the other is 18ish....the older one is the one that is obsessed with him though....she told me she wants to be the first one to ride him....

    When did you start saddle training your horses MH? It really seems to be personal preference, and that whats best for the horse of course. The breeder that I bought him from told me I could start him this winter/spring. That of course, is something I wont be doing, I think its too early personally
         
        09-04-2011, 11:19 PM
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    When did you start saddle training your horses MH? It really seems to be personal preference, and that whats best for the horse of course. The breeder that I bought him from told me I could start him this winter/spring. That of course, is something I wont be doing, I think its too early personally

    Definitely depends on each horse & personal preference. I've started a lot of them right at 2 for clients but with my own I generally wait until the fall of their 2 yo year. Lots of light work, getting them solid at a walk & trot through fall & winter, don't do any true work on a lope until 3. I will try it out a time or 2 before but never for any significant length of time. By the time they are ready for it they have an excellent handle and it's easy to quickly progress to more advanced maneuvers like lead changes, etc. I'm a take your time making a solid horse kind of girl.

    I do have one that I started young though. She was my first start to finish and I was young and overly driven to make a goal. I met it but looking back the time put on her to make a 2 yo wp futurity wasn't worth the risk. Fortunately for me she is still sound at 23 with just a touch of arthritis that's managed with MSM but I think I'm very lucky.

    I'm not in so much of a hurry anymore. Less stressful for me & the horses
         
        09-04-2011, 11:28 PM
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    Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
    Definitely depends on each horse & personal preference. I've started a lot of them right at 2 for clients but with my own I generally wait until the fall of their 2 yo year. Lots of light work, getting them solid at a walk & trot through fall & winter, don't do any true work on a lope until 3. I will try it out a time or 2 before but never for any significant length of time. By the time they are ready for it they have an excellent handle and it's easy to quickly progress to more advanced maneuvers like lead changes, etc. I'm a take your time making a solid horse kind of girl.

    I do have one that I started young though. She was my first start to finish and I was young and overly driven to make a goal. I met it but looking back the time put on her to make a 2 yo wp futurity wasn't worth the risk. Fortunately for me she is still sound at 23 with just a touch of arthritis that's managed with MSM but I think I'm very lucky.

    I'm not in so much of a hurry anymore. Less stressful for me & the horses
    I completely understand with it being dependent of the individual horse. My only thing with Rodeo is, he's so much like a sponge!! He soaks up so much so fast, and holds onto it!!! There are things I started with him when I first got him, that we still can go back to without a problem. He just loves to learn!!!

    I have been careful to only do so much with him. As I want it to really stick! With both of us! Im in no rush, I was thinking his 2 yo year, depending on how he is doing then, if he's not ready, I have no problem waiting!! I had a guy tell me today that I could start lightly riding him, once or twice a week once he turns 18months....IMO, I think that's too young. For my guy anyways, I really don't want to take any chances of anything damaging effects. :)

    Thanks so much for your responses! I always look forward to the great info you always give me!!
         
        09-04-2011, 11:40 PM
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    It's fun when they enjoy learning. He sounds like a great colt! There's an infinite amount of things you can do between now & saddle time to keep you both from losing interest.

    I know a lot of people who start at 18 months. For me it's just not worth taking the risk. I've met lots of crippled young horses from being pushed early. I like my horses to be lifers so the way I see it I've got 20+ years to ride them, what's the rush?
         
        09-04-2011, 11:55 PM
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    Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
    It's fun when they enjoy learning. He sounds like a great colt! There's an infinite amount of things you can do between now & saddle time to keep you both from losing interest.

    I know a lot of people who start at 18 months. For me it's just not worth taking the risk. I've met lots of crippled young horses from being pushed early. I like my horses to be lifers so the way I see it I've got 20+ years to ride them, what's the rush?
    Exactly!! That is why its no big deal if he is not ready to learn at 2yo...Id rather wait it out until I know for sure it wont hurt him, or potentially damage him, than risk it to riding early.

    He is a very good colt for sure! Very fast learner!! Sometimes, catches on to things too quickly! But I agree with you 100%!! There is still so much I want to do with him before it comes time for the saddle!!
         

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